New Graduates Help Businesses Achieve Climate Goals
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Dalarna University is behind a new project that has environmental issues in focus. The purpose of the project - KTP Energi Sverige - is to help businesses reach their climate goals by way of collaboration with universities and recent graduates.
Johan Kostela standing outside the library at Dalarna University.
Johan Kostela is pleased that work with the project has already begun.

The KTP project that will run throughout 2020 will provide opportunities for 30 new graduates. Its budget is 30 million kronor, of which approximately 15 million is through financing from the EU and its national ERDF programme (European Regional Development Fund/Europeiska regionala utvecklingsfonden ERUF). The remaining sum is money from regions, institutions of higher education and businesses.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a form of collaboration between universities and businesses, where a recently graduated student is given a position within a business to work on a specific project under the guidance of university staff while also receiving a wage.

KTP Energi Sverige is coordinated by Dalarna University in collaboration with six other institutions of higher education and three organisations within Sweden whose focus is the development of regional businesses.

"This (the new project) feels great. Previous KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) projects have led to further development in businesses and in most cases, the KTP student has been kept on in employment in the business," explains Johan Kostela, who works with collaboration at Dalarna University. "We need collaboration to ensure the exchange of knowledge and skills between universities and business and industry. KTP allows recent graduates to work with projects at small and medium-sized businesses with the help of coaches."

Involved with the project are Dalarna University, Luleå University of Technology, IUC Norr, Mid Sweden University, IUC Z-Group, IUC Dalarna, University of Gävle, Södertorn University, Mälardalen University and Kristianstad University.