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Chatrine Jonsson, former industrial design student, Richard Hainsworth, business coach at Movexum, Rickard Larsson, responsible for workshops in building 45, Lisa Teodorsson, former industrial design student and Lars Löfqvist, head of subject in desi
Chatrine Jonsson, former industrial design student, Richard Hainsworth, business coach at Movexum, Rickard Larsson, responsible for workshops in building 45, Lisa Teodorsson, former industrial design student and Lars Löfqvist, head of subject in desi

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University of Gävle’s workshops are now open to alumni

In the pilot project OpenLab, four alumni are invited to use the University’s equipment and skills from workshops in building 45 and in our Digital Learning Lab to develop their ideas.

The University, together with Movexum, selected five alumni from the programmes in Industrial design and Building Engineering, who were invited to use our workshops to continue developing their prototypes and ideas. Each of them has started their own business and now continue their product development, concerning for example, construction, sustainability and material, at the University.

“We would like to gain more knowledge about how the University can create creative test environments to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as find new ways to cooperate with Movexum,” says Anna Bäcklund coordinator in innovation.

A new way of thinking

Movexum functions as an incubator, and all alumni have a business coach to assist them, but they also need a workshop and people who can provide suggestions concerning practical details.

“This is completely new and could be something truly great, but we need to develop regulations and establish a flexible structure,” Anna Bäcklund says.

Chatrine Jonsson, one of the alumni, underlines that it is invaluable to her and her project to gain the opportunity to access the University’s machinery and all skills in the building

Ulrika Malmqvist, CEO at Movexum, calls the OpenLab a key step forward in their work to develop innovative businesses in the region.


Contact:

Anna Bäcklund, coordinator innovation
Phone: 026-64 86 02
E-mail: anna.backlund@hig.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

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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.

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.


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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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