Rektor Stefan Bengtsson
Stefan Bengtsson, President of Chalmers University of Technology, Eva Hessman, Director of the City of Gothenburg and Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg. Photo: Lars Ekberg​.​​

The City and the universities develop Gothenburg together

​​The City of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg signed a strategic partnership agreement on Wednesday, 22 April. Together, they now gather the forces to push the development of Gothenburg forward in a sustainable direction.​
The organisations ​mentioned above already have an ongoing collaboration, but with this agreement, a common base is created for deepening and expanding the cooperation. There is now an opportunity for even more long-term efforts at different levels, both strategically and operationally. The overall aim of the work ahead is to contribute to a more sustainable society, with a particular focus on the following four areas:
  • Urban Development
  • Welfare
  • A fossil-free Gothenburg
  • Democracy and governance
“We are now upgrading our long-term collaboration with the University of Gothenburg and the City of Gothenburg and lift the partnership up to management level. At the same time, we are taking a comprehensive approach to key development areas, such as urban development and a fossil-free Gothenburg. There are great opportunities here for mutual learning, and we can meet the city's needs with Chalmers’ expertise, with a long-term perspective”, says Chalmers President Stefan Bengtsson.

Chalmers has a number of partnerships with strategically selected organisations and companies. This agreement will be the first with the public sector in Sweden, in addition to the agreement with Göteborg Energi, which is a municipal company. The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering will be the host of the collaboration at Chalmers.

Exchange of knowledge, innovations and skills supply 

Gothenburg City has over 55,000 employees and is the largest employer in the region. Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg together have around 60,000 students. The City of Gothenburg is dependent on both the research conducted and the workforce being educated at the universities. In addition, the City has practical experience in many of the areas in which the universities operate. The strategic partnership agreement now strengthens knowledge exchange and collaboration for innovations and skills supply.

“It is exciting that we now gather our strength to further develop Gothenburg as an attractive, innovative and sustainable city. Together, we want to find new forms to implement research results in the development of the city and to develop new knowledge about the challenges there are, such as urban development. Collaboration will be particularly important when we start over after the current corona crisis”, says Fredrik Nilsson, professor and head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers.

The City and universities want the collaboration to contribute to securing and developing Gothenburg's position as one of the leading knowledge-oriented regions in Europe.

“Looking at the transition to a more sustainable society, Gothenburg is extremely interesting with its special culture, ongoing urban transformation and strong educational institutions. We can make important contributions to development locally, regionally, nationally and internationally by strengthening our forms of collaboration in Gothenburg,” says Fredrik Nilsson.


Read more about strategic partnerships 

Text: Julia Jansson
Photo: Lars Ekberg​

Published: Fri 24 Apr 2020.