• 2022-06-29

    WoodPro creates sustainable value addition from forest residues

    Bio-based resources from well managed forests play important roles in transition to a sustainable society. In WoodPro, the research team will explore new processing chains that convert forest residues to high-value industrial chemicals and soil amendment products.

    - WoodPro is an EU cooperation in form of a consortium with three sub-projects hosted in Karlstad University, the Natural Resources Institute in Finland (LUKE) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Many industrial partners in Sweden and Finland, both large industries and small and medium sized enterprises, have expressed an interest to collaborate within WoodPro, says Ali Mohammadi, senior lecturer in environmental and energy systems, and the consortium leader.

  • 2022-06-22

    Ingesund School of Music can now award a Degree of Master

    In 2016, Karlstad University was given the right to issue a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ingesund School of Music. The experiences gained from that application process were then utilised in a new application for a Degree of Master of Fine Arts, which was submitted to the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ. The application has now been approved and Ingesund School of Music can issue a master’s degree. The master’s programme is estimated to start in the autumn of 2023.

    Three cohorts of students has graduated from the bachelor’s programme in music, focused on western art music. Highly qualified teachers, courses that provide both broad and in-depth knowledge in music and a high student completion rate have resulted in a successful and well-functioning degree programme. The programme is aimed at student students seeking a solid foundation to be able to work as a professional musician in various artistic contexts, after graduation. Students also gain the qualifications to continue their artistic studies at master’s level.

  • 2022-06-22

    What motivates teachers in English as a foreign language ?

    Teacher motivation is a major factor affecting students’ motivation to learn a second language. But what motivates the teachers? English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers’ motivation has not been given enough attention, particularly in China, where English plays a key role. A new thesis study at Karlstad University investigates the motivation of English teachers at the university level in China. The ambition is to prepare the ground for the development of recommendations on how to enhance teacher motivation and improve teaching quality and student performance.

    The aim of the study was to explore motives for choosing a teaching career and to examine factors contributing to teachers’ motivation – or demotivation. Sophia Liu Fei at Karlstad University, invited 101 in-service native Chinese EFL teachers currently working at universities in mainland China to participate in the study voluntarily. A mixed methods design was used, with a web-based questionnaire as the main instrument.

  • 2022-06-21

    Research on sustainable papermaking

    Karlstad University has been granted funds from the Knowledge Foundation, for conducting research on energy-efficient tissue manufacturing, in collaboration with the paper industry. The aim of this research project is to reinforce Sweden’s competitiveness and to contribute to a sustainable development.

    – We look forward to starting this research project in collaboration with the industry, where we combine laboratory studies, pilot trials and modelling, says Björn Sjöstrand, senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering and the research project leader. It’s a collaboration between researchers at Karlstad University and the companies Valmet and Albany International.

  • 2022-06-20

    Unique Overview of Service Management

    Bo Edvardsson, professor at Karlstad Business Service Research Center (CTF), and Bård Tronvoll, professor at CTF and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, are the editors for the newly published Palgrave Handbook of Service Management.

    - The book provides a unique and current overview of service management research, says Bo Edvardsson. It’s a complement to books in fields such as healthcare, tourism and leisure.

    The Palgrave Handbook of Service Management covers six broad themes.

  • 2022-06-14

    Research on virtual paper machine receives award

    Björn Sjöstrand, senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering, has been awarded the Heinzel-Mondi-Sappi Award for his research on the virtual paper machine. His research makes it possible to optimise and test the manufacturing process in the industry, without expensive production stoppages.

    “The award was given out at the Paper & Biorefinery conference in Graz in Austria,” says Björn Sjöstrand. “I received the award for my article ‘Numerical model of water removal and air penetration’, about models for vacuum-based water removal.”

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