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.
Pernilla Liedgren of Dalarna University has spent many years researching the way in which those individuals who choose or are forced to leave sects are treated.
On Wednesday, the annual Language and Diversity Day was held at both Campus Borlänge and Falun. The day's activities included the sampling of an array of international food items - with a chance to meet both international and Swedish students.
For the past few years, Dalarna University has been involved in the education of midwife instructors in Somaliland.
The two students, Esmeralda Säll and Anna Sörbom, received the award - Grafiska Yrkenas Främjandes studentpris - which included a monetary prize of 25 000 kronor.