Dalarna University Hosts First Campus Day

Open lectures, networking with businesses and free vegetarian burgers drew in students, business representatives and members of the general public to the university's first Campus Day.

People walking in the entrance hallway at Campus Borlänge
Over 60 businesses took part in last week's Campus Day at Campus Borlänge.

Campus Borlänge was the venue for last week's Campus Day, the purpose of which was to bring students and representatives from business and industry together for a day of information-sharing and ideas for how to improve collaboration for the future. It was an opportunity for students to meet potential employers and for businesses to meet potential employees.

Some of the day's activities included a chance for visitors to have their jewellery analysed for carat content, to test-drive Eximus IV and to listen to lectures on a number of subjects.

One of the lecturers was Jon Lind, CEO of CTEK, a local company that is the global market leader in battery management solutions. He talked about his career and how that began with his studies in engineering at Dalarna University. He then went on to talk about the growth of CTEK. From being a company that began in the small Dalarna community of Vikmanshyttan 30 years ago, it now sells one million battery chargers worldwide every year. Such growth requires competence and close dialogue with universities where engineering is taught.

"That fact is highly important. Our Dalarna branch works closely with the university and in Norrköping we work closely with the university there. Such collaboration requires that both parties contribute," he explains.

Also there to talk to attendees was author Arvid Axland. He too is a Dalarna University graduate, this time from Graphic Technology, now called Information Design.

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Arvid Axland, Dalarna University graduate

Arriving back in Borlänge by train was a magical moment for Arvid, 25 years after beginning his studies in Borlänge. During his lecture at Campus Day, Arvid talked about how companies can be successful in their communication and marketing.

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Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell addressing the audience

The plan is to feature Campus Day as an annual event at the University in conjunction with Borlänge Science Festival.

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