Prime Minister Stefan Löfven wants MDH to become a university

Sep 06, 2018 | Global Research/Cooperation Education

Today, Wednesday 5 September, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson visited MDH in Västerås. At their visit they announced that a government led by the Social Democrats intends to upgrade Mälardalen University College to Mälardalen University of Technology.

- This is proof that MDH has the qualities needed to become a university and that we are an important actor when it comes to research and skills supply. I would like to offer my great thanks to our host municipalities, the private sector and our collaboration partners, and all the others who are working for MDH to become a university, says Paul Pettersson, Vice-Chancellor of MDH.

MDH has been working for many years to obtain increased research grants. The present grants are not sufficient and have therefore caused restrictions.

- If we were to acquire university status it would mean higher research grants, which enables more research, greater research education and thereby a further strengthened disciplinary foundation for our courses and study programmes. As a university we can be an even stronger collaboration partner and contribute even more towards strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness, says Paul Pettersson.

Today MDH has a great number of international doctoral students and internationally outstanding research within several areas.

- Becoming a university would advance our position internationally as well and we would be able to attract even more researchers and research students from HEIs all around the world, says Paul Pettersson.