The Municipality and the University go in for a new campus in Eskilstuna

Sep 27, 2011 | Student

Eskilstuna Municipality and Mälardalen University both support a new location for the University’s activities. Today, an agreement of principle was signed about constructing a new campus in the city centre of Eskilstuna. - By gathering all our activities in one building, there will be more synergy between the different parts of the University, says Vice-Chancellor Karin Röding.

A university is a continuously developing organization, as research projects and the range of courses and programmes offered require flexible premises with modern infrastructure. The University’s current premises in Eskilstuna are hard to adapt for a modern organization. That is why MDH and Eskilstuna Municipality have been discussing the possibility of a new campus for a while.

Today, Kommundirektör Pär Eriksson, the Chair of the Municipal Executive Committee Jimmy Jansson (Social Democrats), Vice-Chancellor Karin Röding, and the Chair of the University Board Madeleine Caesar have signed an agreement of principle according to which the location in question for the new University premises is the place where Vattenpalatset and Sporthallen can be found today. Vattenpalatset is a protected monument as far as its exterior is concerned, which means that the façade will be left unchanged. However, while there will be changes to adapt the place to the needs of the University, it does not stand clear yet how big the transformation will become.

- It feels really good that Eskilstuna Municipality wants to go for a new campus together with us. A university is a continuously developing organization, as research projects and the range of courses and programmes offered require flexible premises with modern infrastructure. With a new campus, we can create a central and dynamic location for the University, which is good for both students and employees, but also for Eskilstuna, which will get a concentrated city campus, says Karin Röding.

- We are happy that the University chooses to promote the development of a new campus in Eskilstuna. That agrees with our ambitions for development in Eskilstuna and the region. The University is an important factor in raising the level of education in Eskilstuna, which, in the long run, will create more jobs and stimulate economic growth, says Jimmy Jansson.

The next step is to draw up different kinds of agreement that will regulate in detail how the process is to continue. It isn’t before 2016 that a new campus can be ready.