• 2024-02-16

    Reforms have not contributed to men in small towns enrolling in higher education

    The research paper “Geographical discrepancies in higher education in Sweden” picks up from an almost thirty year old doctoral thesis that focused on the importance of geographical distance in relation to higher education.
    - What we’ve seen is that despite various reforms to facilitate higher education, there have been no direct effects, says Thomas Blom, Professor of Human Geography at Karlstad University.

    Thomas Blom and Mats Nilsson, Docent in Human Geography at Karlstad University, have continued on the work that Thomas began in his doctoral thesis. What has happened after all these years - have the reforms had any effect? The simple answer is yes for women and no for men.

  • 2024-02-14

    Words from senior management: International students and skills supply

    In the last ten years, relatively large groups have entered the labour market. At the same time, most societal sectors have expressed a clear skills shortage. The next ten years are expected to be even tougher and competition for skilled employees will intensify.

    This development will also likely be reflected in a growing demand for higher education, where we can expect increasing competition to attract students. From this aspect, we believe that international students can play an important role – from a slightly narrower perspective to help fill our places, and from a broader perspective as a means to contribute to the skills supply regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • 2024-02-13

    The mystery around hornification about to be solved

    One of the problems with paper recycling is that the fibers stiffen during the dewatering and drying processes, also known as hornification. The same thing happens to, for example, dishcloths, which stiffen over time. New research can now explain the mechanisms of hornification, knowledge that will enable us to recycle paper fibers many more times compared to today, which is five to seven times.

    - Through our studies, we now know at what level of dryness the hornification process begins, already at a dry content of 20 percent, says Björn Sjöstrand, Docent in Chemical Engineering. We also know at what temperatures hornification begins, already at temperatures as low as 40° C, but the biggest changes are seen at temperatures above 100° C. The solvent also plays a role, if we replace the water in the paper pulp with other solvents, it reduces the hornification.

  • 2024-02-09

    Strong Job Market After Education in Sports and Health

    What can you actually work with after completing the Sports and Health Coaching Programme at Karlstad University? At least once a year, current students of the programme receive answers during alumni days organized by the programme. During the latest event, several former students attended and shared about their jobs after graduation.

    With each passing year, graduates enter the workforce from the sports and health coach program, becoming references for current and prospective students. The alumni day showcased a wide spectrum of career opportunities after graduation, with a common theme being staying active, seizing opportunities when they arise, and recognizing the significant benefits of volunteer work in the long run.

  • 2024-02-08


    The need for increased cyber security is growing day by day. As a response, the Swedish government is investing a total of SEK 100 million over the next few years in Cybercampus Sweden, which has now opened with an inauguration at KTH. The purpose behind the investment is to strengthen both skills supply and research in cyber security. The Minister for Education, Mats Persson, and the Minster for Civil Defence, Carl-Oskar Bohlin, were both present at the opening.

    Simone Fischer-Hübner, Professor of Computer Science at Karlstad University, is part of the planning and project group for Cybercampus Sweden and has an active role in the new Swedish cyber security landscape.

  • 2024-02-06

    Special educational needs co-ordinator Öyvind Alster meets four students per day on average

    Öyvind Alster has been working as a special educational needs co-ordinator at the Student Health Services since this autumn.
    – The students have found their way to me and book appointments. On average, I have four appointments a day, says Öyvind, who will speak at the next Pedagogical café organised by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UPE) on Monday 12 February.

    Together with teacher Gunnar Olsson he will talk about accessible teaching environments.

    – I will talk about students with ADHD, autism, and reading and writing difficulties, the difficulties that these groups struggle with and what we can do together to help them. I also hope that it will turn into an open discussion where we exchange ideas and experiences, says Öyvind Alster.

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