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Baltic Sea universities to collaborate on environmental course development

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2018 14:29 GMT

Karl Hillman

“We have built a network for universities around the Baltic Sea because we strive to develop research and education on a circular economy, where the resources in the industry are used more efficiently,” says Karl Hillman, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle.    

The network involves universities in Finland, Latvia, Russia and Sweden, and around 150 companies have received questionnaires to map their interest to collaborate as well.

The current project aims to develop courses or course modules together and to find reading list material and case studies.

“We think that we can build on one another’s competence, as well as on the differences in our countries, to strengthen all of our programmes,” Karl Hillman says.

Unique collaboration

Karl says that this kind of international collaboration focused on course development is unique, especially since it also involves collaboration with companies and students.

“We aim to identify the best companies for case studies in each country and then exchange students who will carry out our case studies, which will later on be used in our teaching in our programmes.”

Zero waste is our goal

At the University of Gävle, the project primarily concerns the programmes for environmental engineers and environmental strategists. Similar programmes are involved in Finland, Latvia AND RUSSIA?

Our environmental strategist programme combines environmental technology with social planning and environmental psychology to find the preconditions for a sustainable social development where everyone may lead an environmentally-friendly life.

“This precise combination of environmental technology, social planning and environmental psychology is totally unique for programmes in Sweden.”

“We share an interest for a circular economy, and resource efficiency is a part of all programmes that we intend to work with. In a long-term perspective, our aim is to avoid all kinds of waste completely in society, if possible.”

Not enough action

There are many solutions to environmental problems, technical ones as well as other ones, and Karl underlines that, in principle, we know what to do, but not much is happening.

“We fail to apply solutions at hand, and I think that the problem is our mind-set. Environmental psychology concerns exactly that: how we can understand our actions and their consequences for the environment.”

Our programmes stand to gain from internationalisation

Karl is convinced that this collaboration will increase the quality and attraction of our programmes. Moreover, we will gain important experiences and possibilities to build networks for the students who will conduct case studies in other countries than their own.

“We plan to develop a master programme, and internationalisation is a natural part of any such development.”

He also envisions that working in this kind of network will lead to joint research projects.

“Among other things, we are interested in developing our research within biogas, transportation and the circular economy together with these five other higher education institutions,” Karl Hillman says.

For more information, please Contact:   

Karl Hillman reader in environmental engineering, University of Gävle
Phone: 026-64 8414, 070-191 45 59
Email: karl.hillman@hig.se


Text & photo: Douglas Öhrbom

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.

Baltic Sea universities to collaborate on environmental course development. “We have built a network for universities around the Baltic Sea because we strive to develop research and education on a circular economy, where the resources in the industry are used more efficiently,” says Karl Hillman, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle.

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Greener transport needs people to talk to each other

Press Releases   •   Feb 23, 2018 08:00 GMT

Greener transport needs people to talk to each other. “Both logistics buyers and logistics service providers want to make an effort for the environment, but communication between them doesn’t work. There are no ‘bad guys’ out there,” says Amer Jazairy, researcher within sustainable logistics at the University of Gävle.

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As one of the first, University of Gävle launches Master programme in Geo-Health

Press Releases   •   Feb 20, 2018 15:22 GMT

“We are good at GIS* and we are good at health; now we combine the two in the new subject Geo-Health. We will gain improved planning in health care, improved quality and safer help to people,” says Nader Ahmadi, pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle.

Geo-Health

Geo-Health is a new transdisciplinary field in research and education which combines, health with geographic information systems (GIS).

“Its attraction lies in the application of GIS-knowledge within the field of health care, which enables better planning,” Nader Ahmadi says.

He gives a few concrete examples:

  • In case of epidemics, and in tracking diseases or behavioural disorders, it will be possible to map afflicted areas and their characteristics.
  • In research on ill-health among pupils, you can, for instance, study the distance from the school to various fast-food restaurants and sweetshops, map these distances and, in this way, relate poorer health in pupils to being in these areas.
  • In elderly care, and especially in the care for people with dementia, GIS technology can be used as an alternative to locking up patients or having them under constant surveillance.

University of Canterbury

A delegation from the University of Gävle recently visited the University of Canterbury, New Zeeland. The University of Canterbury started to develop this field almost exactly at the same time as the University of Gävle did, and has already established courses and some research, Nader says.

The University of Canterbury has developed the area GeoHealth with assistance from Future Position Xexternal link, opens in new window, and together they are already conducting a research project in Gävleborg.

“We initiated our discussions last year and now we see a possibility to cooperate. We are good at GIS and we are good at health, and they have combined these two in a number of courses.”

International programme on an advanced level

The University of Gävle will create an international programme, an online master programme taught in English only, which will be able to recruit globally.

A few examples of such combinations of GIS and public health exist in the world, but most of these are freestanding courses in Europe and USA. Nader believes that the new programme will be attractive also internationally.

“If we are able to adapt and use GIS-technology for health, it will create spin-offs for many businesses in the region,” Nader Ahmadi concludes.

*GIS - Geographical information system, is a computer system that retrieves, stores, analyses and presents geographical data.

For more information, please contact:
Nader Ahmadi, pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle
Phone: 026-64 81 97, 070-428 39 65
Email: nader.ahmadi@hig.se


Text: Douglas Öhrbom

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.

As one of the first, University of Gävle launches Master programme in Geo-Health. “We are good at GIS* and we are good at health; now we combine the two in the new subject Geo-Health. We will gain improved planning in health care, improved quality and safer help to people,” says Nader Ahmadi, pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle.

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University of Gävle lets their students’ voices be heard in 2018 recruitment campaign

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2018 09:00 GMT

University of Gävle lets their students’ voices be heard in 2018 recruitment Campaign.

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University of Gävle nominated to prize for its news reporting

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2018 08:00 GMT

University of Gävle nominated to prize for its news reporting.

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Gävle rewarded Student Union Chair Linda Igglund

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2018 14:12 GMT

Gävle rewarded Student Union Chair Linda Igglund. The Gävle Municipality reward ”Bra gjort för Gävle” was awarded Student Union Chair Linda Igglund. ”Gävle was chosen Student City of the Year 2017/2018, and here the leadership and commitment of Student Union Chair Linda Igglund played a decisive part.

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Anna Hofsten is our Teacher of the Year

Press Releases   •   Feb 03, 2018 08:00 GMT

Anna Hofsten

Anna Hofsten, senior lecturer in medical and nursing science at the Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, is our “Teacher of the Year.” She will receive the award from the Vice-Chancellor in connection with the University’s Academic ceremony on 20 April.

Anna Hofsten has worked within nursing programmes since 1994 and at the University of Gävle since 1999. She has taught medical science and, above all, the nursing programme and the specialist nursing programme in primary health care as well as advanced courses on cardiac care.

Passion for her subject

Teacher of the Year is a prize awarded by Gefle Student Union based on nominations from the University’s students. Their selection is motivated in the following words:

“Anna is a teacher who cares immensely about making sure that all of her students understand what she is teaching. By pointing out what is relevant, she ensures that her students are not overwhelmed by information, a fact which makes studying easier. Anna uses methods which facilitates learning and makes lectures and seminars interesting and stimulating. Her own knowledge and her passion for her subject add something very special and she deserves to be rewarded for her teaching.”


“Oh, that’s great! I am very pleased that the students want my way of teaching to be rewarded. Having good medical knowledge, to understand oneself so as to be able to explain to patients the complex ways in which the body functions is very important for an independent nurse ,” Anna Hofsten says.

The award amounts to 15 000 SEK to be used for work-related purposes.

For more information, please contact:
Anna Hofsten, senior lecturer in medical and nursing science at the Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle
Phone: 026-64 82 72, 073- 751 94 21
Email: anna.hofsten@hig.se


Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Foto: Private

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.

Anna Hofsten is our Teacher of the Year. Anna Hofsten, senior lecturer in medical and nursing science at the Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, is our “Teacher of the Year.” She will receive the award from the Vice-Chancellor in connection with the University’s Academic ceremony on 20 April.

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Transform campuses into experimental areas full of biological diversity

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2018 13:40 GMT

Transform campuses into experimental areas full of biological diversity. “We need a far-reaching change in values in society, and here universities and colleges need to rethink their position and take active social responsibility to a higher extent,” says Stehpen Barthel, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle.

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Agneta Sundström awarded environmental prize of the year

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2018 08:00 GMT

Agneta Sundström awarded environmental prize of the year.

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Thomas Nylund, Honorary Doctor of Technology in Science at the University of Gävle 2018

Press Releases   •   Jan 24, 2018 08:00 GMT

Thomas Nylund, Honorary Doctor of Technology in Science at the University of Gävle 2018. Thus, for a long period of time, Nylund has been very much involved in, and a strong driving force, in the development of the University. Since 2016, he is a member and deputy chair of the University Board.

About University of Gävle

University of Gävle

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.


Distance Education
Earlier than the more traditional universities and higher education institutions, we have adapted the programmes to the demands of the market and dared to try new types of teaching e g different forms of distance education. Today, Högskolan i Gävle is one of Sweden's leading higher education institutions when it comes to distance education. Certain distance educations have meetings on one of the campus sites, others are based on modern IT support only and are therefore independent on which city you are in. The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in the home town and still carry out academic studies.


Campus
Our campuses at Kungsbäck in Gävle offer a lovely study environment with all programmes gathered in one place. A place of knowledge only a few minutes from the centre.


The higher education institution is located in a scenic area with Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest as the closest neighbours. The carefully re-built regiment barracks have created a gathered campus where the distance between students, teachers and researchers is close.


A higher education institution with regional connections and a contact network reaching all over the world.

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