Since being founded in 1977, Dalarna University has experienced rapid growth and today is the place of study of some 16 000 students and 800 employees. Our two campuses - one based in Falun, one in Borlänge - offer a wide range of educational opportunities.
Many courses and programmes are developed in close collaboration with regional business and industry, as well as other social sectors. The result of such collaboration is that over the last few years, students from Dalarna University have found employment in higher numbers than students from most other universities in Sweden, this according to the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslerämbetet).
Here, tradition and innovation in pedagogical development work in unison. Although many of our students take our campus-based courses, over 50 percent of all students are registered in web-based distance learning courses, for which Dalarna University is nationally recognised as a pioneer.
Accessible and open on a 24-hour basis, these web-based courses - our virtual campus - offer open lectures, seminars, and lessons in which participants can interact with one another using pictures, sound and text. These are just some of the features of what is termed Next Generation Learning, and our goal is to be a leader in this innovative pedagogical field.
On Wednesday, as part of continued Educationarena activities, two presenters took up the subjects of conflict and doping within the field of sport.
On Tuesday morning, Caroline Larsson presented to an audience in Campus Falun's library. She talked about her life journey as a professional golf player and then her leg cancer diagnosis in 2011, which resulted in the amputation of her right leg.
There was a lot happening at Dalarna University on Monday, with children and researchers and inspirational presenters coming together for a full programme of activities..
The third day of lectures in the library examined the themes of physical and psychological pain.