In February, the School of Education and Communication (HLK) signed an agreement with Eksjö, Oskarshamn and Värnamo municipalities who will receive preschool teacher training with HLK as the education coordinator. Several aspects of this outsourced education are unique, among other things, the municipalities, together with HLK, will each employ a PhD candidate who is linked to the education. This type of collaboration shows how important cooperation between JU and the rest of society is and continues to act as a safeguard for education.
The School of Engineering will start a five-year master's degree programme in computer science in the autumn of 2021. This unique new programme has been developed in collaboration with the business sector and is linked to JU's research in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer science.
JU has during the year joined a national network of universities for increased cooperation with Japan - MIRAI. The project creates new research possibilities with focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, ageing, sustainability, materials knowledge and AI.
JU has been granted funding from STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education) for two exciting projects in intercultural competence and international understanding. The projects will contribute to further developing JU's international profile and the commitment to co-create knowledge together with important stakeholders - both locally and globally.
A digital assessment was carried out when UKÄ (the Swedish Higher Education Authority) proceeded with our application to start a dental education programme at the School of Health and Welfare. We are now waiting for valuable input from UKÄ and our ambition is to be able to contribute to securing competence in Sweden by starting the country's fifth and most modern dental programme.
We have just received information from the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) about a major grant for JU. The research environment SPARK has received SEK 67 million for eight different projects that gives us a fantastic opportunity to continue our development. The news is a wonderful Christmas present for JU, and it strengthens the feeling that JU contributes with important research and high-quality education.
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