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Mission and vision

A Strong MDH – the Co-producing University

MDH has a research and education strategy that forms the basis of the entire University’s activities. In this it is stated that the University is working towards four common goals:

  1. MDH offers high-quality education at the first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle levels.
  2. MDH has recognised and in some areas leading research.
  3. MDH has students and research students who are happy with their education.
  4. MDH has staff and managers with the skills, willingness and capabilities to contribute towards the University’s development.

Collaboration for the benefit of all

In the Research and Education Strategy it is also stated that MDH will have a leading position in the country regarding collaboration with the surrounding community. The University has a variety of strategic agreements with private enterprise and the public sector, which contributes towards strengthening the quality of the University’s research and education and to ensure that the students’ skills are in demand on the labour market.

MDH hosts three research centres that act as meeting places between researchers, students, private enterprise and the public sector. Automation Region and Robotdalen are two activities that link together the University’s research and education with a large number of member organisations, most of which are in the private sector. The Social Contract is a research centre within the public sector comprising MDH, Eskilstuna Municipality, Västerås City, Region Sörmland and Region Västmanland.

Close links between research and education

Included in the University’s strategy is that research and education shall go hand in hand, and a proof of this is that the University has signed what is known as the Magna Charta agreement – a democratic agreement that over 800 HEIs in 80 different countries have signed. The Agreement highlights the HEIs’ responsibility for education in society, and that research and education comprise one unit and not two separate parts.

The research conducted at the University, which in certain areas is internationally outstanding, serves as a scientific basis for the courses and programmes, and is of value and benefit to society.

MDH also works actively with equality issues and also with developing digitalisation of the University’s activities. MDH’s objective is to prepare the students for a changing society, which affects the content, form and pedagogy of the courses and programmes.


This is how MDH work with the sustainable development goals

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

This is how MDH work with the sustainable development goals.

Constantly ongoing quality work

Quality work is an important issue that is constantly addressed within all activities and at all levels at the University. It is the Faculty Board that has the overriding responsibility for quality within the University’s areas of research and education. Its purpose is that the Board, by means of a quality system, will identify and solve any deficiencies and ensure that the work develops constantly.

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