Since being established in 1977, Dalarna University has experienced rapid growth and today is the place of study for about 16 000 students and has close to 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.
"It is important that support be given for higher education in Somalia," states Kerstin Erlandsson, Associate Professor at Dalarna University.
When not on her cross-country skis, Maria Gräfning is busy at work as lecturer within Sport and Health Sciences at Dalarna University.
The Swedish section of Scholars at Risk is concerned about changes to Hungarian legislation that will limit how the Central European University can continue to be a free institution of higher education in Hungary.
Today, Monday, April 10 at 12 noon, Dalarna University will be part of the national minute of silence to remember the victims of Friday's attack in the Swedish capital.