Regional Council Sörmland invest 2.5 million in MDH

Mar 27, 2012 | Research/Cooperation

Regional Council Sörmland has now given its approval to co-finance Mälardalen University (MDH) with SEK 2.5 million. The money will be used for ensuring that MDH retains its degree-awarding powers for courses and study programmes in Health, Care and Social Welfare – gratifying news for a region in need of nurses.

It was recently announced that Regional Council Sörmland will contribute 2.5 million kronor to secure MDH’s health sciences programmes. MDH’s Vice-Chancellor Karin Röding is very pleased over the news:

- It’s very pleasing news for the region. It’s an advantage having a region that supports us and that several actors contribute financially to MDH’s Health and Welfare programmes. Strong research in Health Care is a prerequisite for guaranteeing the University’s health sciences programmes. The University has a central position for the development of the entire region, says Karin Röding.

It was during last year that MDH was granted degree-awarding powers for third-cycle education within the field of Health and Welfare, which will contribute towards knowledge which is both relevant and in demand within the Caring Sciences field. However, the degree-awarding powers for third-cycle education were not followed up by any increase in the University’s state funding. Therefore the news from Regional Council Sörmland was all the more appreciated.

MDH has one of the country’s largest nursing programmes, with over 1,000 nursing students today. Each year the University confers degrees on around 330 nurses and there is an even flow between how many graduate and how many who are employed in the region. The County Councils in the region have expressed the fear that it would be a nightmare scenario if the nursing programmes were not offered at MDH.

At the Mälar Hospital (Mälarsjukhuset) in Eskilstuna, for example, a majority of all the nurses have studied at MDH.

- MDH is our natural recruitment pool. It’s from here we employ most of our nurses, and that’s why it’s extremely important that the University’s Health Care programmes are guaranteed. In these times of a national shortage of nurses and large intergenerational transfers it is even more urgent, says Magnus Berg of the Human Resources Department at the Mälar Hospital in Eskilstuna.

MDH also conducts Nursing education in Nyköping and this too provides an important supply of nurses to the county.