Eskilstuna and Västerås awarded the title of Sweden’s best student cities

Apr 26, 2012 | Student

Since 1999 the Swedish National Union of Students, SFS, has been awarding the title of Student City of the Year. This year the award goes jointly to the cities of Västerås and Eskilstuna.

In giving their reasons for the award, SFS state among other things that Eskilstuna and Västerås are cities where the students are in focus, two cities where student influence permeates all activities, from the highest decision-making level down to the individual student.

- A student city should be inclusive for all students and this is what Eskilstuna and Västerås have worked hard for. It’s a major contributory cause as to why they have received the award of SFS Student City 2012/2013, says the SFS Chair Camilla Georgsson.

- The award is an acknowledgement of the fact that the cooperation between the cities, the University and the Student Union is extremely important for the best interests of the students. We are happy and proud that this smooth-running cooperation has been appreciated and rewarded, says Karin Röding, Vice-Chancellor of Mälardalen University.

The nominated cities have been scrutinised and assessed in different areas, among these being “A student city to study, live and be happy in”, “A student city with cooperation in the best interests of the students” and “A student city that cares about all its students”.

- The cities and the University care about the students and do their utmost to support the activities of the Student Union. In the reasons given they describe Eskilstuna and Västerås as cities where the students are in focus, and that makes me particularly happy, says Cathrine Åsklint, Chair of Mälardalen Student Union.

Västerås and Eskilstuna awarded the title of SFS Student City 2012/2013 for the following reasons:

“Västerås and Eskilstuna are two cities where student influence permeates all activities, from the highest decision-making level down to the individual student. The cities and the University care about the students and see the importance of strong student influence in close dialogue with the Student Union. Both the cities have worked actively to create a wide range of activities adapted to the students’ different needs and prerequisites. This they have done by creating opportunities of big arrangements for students on their way out into working life and of lesser forums to find tranquillity during their period of study.

SFS Student City 2012/2013 has in an exemplary way worked with, and invested largely in inclusion within a number of areas. In Västerås and Eskilstuna all students, regardless of background, shall feel welcome – in the cities as well as at the University and in their contacts with the Student Union.

Västerås and Eskilstuna are cities where the students are in focus.”