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Upper secondary school pupils in Gävle invited to get acquainted with their university

Press release   •   Feb 12, 2019 20:13 UTC

"We always welcome everyone who wants to visit but now it will be extra fun when there are so many," says Maria Åstrand Swenneke, communicator.

Open house on Wednesday 13 February

On Wednesday 13 February, between 08.30am and 3.30pm, the University of Gävle arranges an open house, and prospective students, together with their nearest and dearest, will be guided around our beautiful campus. Coffee, soft drinks and cinnamon rolls will be served in Valhall.

“We would like to inspire our visitors to go on to higher education, and now, when so many will come to visit, we will get the chance to tell them about the University,” says Patrice Laredius, communicator.

“Wow, I would like to learn more about this”

“We have noticed, Maria Åstrand Swenneke says, “that many believe that higher education is not for them. But when they see that it is perfectly ordinary young people who study here, they change their mind and become inspired and interested. The idea behind the fact that our students participate and tell them about the University is to inspire and to de-dramatise university studies. You are supposed to feel that ‘Wow, I would like to learn more about this.’”

During the day, lecturers and students answer questions. Moreover, visitors have the possibility to meet study counsellors and a number of student ambassadors. There will also be guided tours of the campus, among other things, the visitors will be shown a few of the most modern laboratories in Sweden.

Program of the day (in Swedish)


Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: Marie Hägg

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.