JU receives 57 Million SEK towards higher vocational education

Jönköping University (JU) will receive approximately 57 million SEK in funding towards seven higher vocational education (HVE) courses, announced the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education.

- We are very proud of this, says Mats Kihlman, Director of the department for Higher Vocational Education at JU.

The HVE programmes are a good example of how the university and the region can work together to solve the skills demand for the labour market,” says Mats Kihlman, director of the HVE programmes at JU.

Autumn 2020

The seven HVE programmes, three of which are brand new, will start in autumn 2020. They will be run by JU in close cooperation with prospective employers, municipalities and industry organisations. The courses will be conducted in several places, such as Jönköping, Eksjö, Malmö, Nassjö and Värnamo. The exact amount allocated to JU from the National Agency for HVE is 56,832, 000 SEK.

“We are very proud that we have been entrusted to run these seven HVE courses in autumn 2020. We have worked systematically and in close cooperation with companies and industry organisations for a long time in order to contribute to the regions skills supply,” says Mats Kihlman.

The decision from the National Agency for Higher Vocational Education means that JU will be offering a total of 25 HVE courses in autumn 2020.

Specific competence needs required by employers

These seven programs are based on the specific competence needs of the region's employers, who themselves have been involved in the preparation and content of these courses. A HVE provides the required skills that are relevant to working life, Mats Kihlman points out.

“The HVE programmes are a good example of how JU and the region’s business community can work together to solve the skills demands in the labour market. The programmes are locally based and consist of both classroom time and work placements,” he explains.

9 out of 10 get a job within a year of graduation

At least 25 percent of the education at JU’s College of Higher Vocational Education is carried out as on-the-job training at a company, which gives students the possibility to build industry contacts and get an insight into the profession. This creates good opportunities for employment at a time of shortages in certain professions.

“Nine out of ten of our students get a job within a year of graduating,” says Mats Kihlman.

Out of the 1098 applications received from all over the country, 416 were granted in the latest round of admissions.

The following HVE programmes have been granted to Jönköping University.

* Electrical Engineer
* Pedorthist
* Qualified 3D print technician
* Site manager – construction and civil engineering
* Production Technician – wood, furniture and furnishings
* Support teacher within special needs
* Healthcare administrator


Of these, Pedorthist, Qualified 3D print technician and Production Technician are brand new courses at Jönköping University.

The sum of 56 832,000 SEK awarded by the National Agency of Higher Vocational Education is divided between the School of Engineering, the School of Health and Welfare and Jönköping International Business School.

School of Engineering: 31,884,000 SEK
School of Health and Welfare: 13,188,000 SEK
Jönköping International Business School: 11,760,000 SEK.