Eskilstuna / Västerås
The problem of upgrading Mälardalen University to university status has been done locally for several years. At the beginning of July this year, Jimmy Jansson (S), Eskilstuna City Council President and Anders Teljebäck (S), City Council in Västerås, traveled to Almedalen to discuss the problem with Helene Hellmark Knutsson.
"It is clear that there is a lot that speaks for Mälardalen University," said Helene Hellmark Knutsson at Sveriges Radio Sörmland in early August.
Now it is clear that the University of Mälardalen, if the Social Democrats still have confidence in the elections, will become Mälardalen University of Technology. At a press conference at the Mälardalen University in Västerås, Stefan Löfven and Helene Hellmark Knutsson announced Wednesday.
"Today we present a very important news that strengthens the technical know-how in Mälardalen and the rest of Sweden," says Stefan Löfven.
The Prime Minister then gave the floor to Helene Hellmark Knutsson.
"Sweden is traditionally a leading technical and industrial organization, very happy today to announce that we Social Democrats intend to set up a new technical university in Sweden during the next tenure." We see that the University of Mälardalen potential to become this next technical university, "she says.
Jimmy Jansson was at the press conference in Västerås and expressed his satisfaction that the vision came a step closer to realization.
"I just want to cry out of luck, there are so many who have been fighting for so many years, that means so much for Eskilstuna, Västerås and the whole region.It is similar to the Svealand route and is very important for us to take the next step. development, I hope that S can continue to rule in every constellation and that this can be put into practice ", says Jimmy Jansson.
What does that mean for Eskilstuna?
"It means hundreds of millions of research resources, a huge amount of money for our city, something that everyone can benefit from. Business, employers, both public and private – everyone will benefit from it.
Paul Pettersson, rector of Mälardalen University, is also happy with the message.
"It is a recognition for the company that we are already doing, which is great fun. In practice this means strengthening research activities and more opportunities for national and international cooperation.
The fact that it is proposed to simply become a technical university does not prevent the university from continuing to offer students other types of curricula.
"It will be a profiling of technical education, but it does not exclude other education that is available today, such as the nursing program, and the university status is also good for other research and education," says Paul Pettersson.