Universities in Sweden have an opportunity to become national sports universities, something which Chalmers university of technology has been a part of since 2015 together with Gothenburg university. The concept has, among other things, made it easier for students to pursue an elite sports career and a higher education simultaneously.
Starting August 2022, Chalmers and Gothenburg university will continue with their own operations in different focus areas.
Chalmers will become the sole university in Sweden with a special focus on sports technology, which means an even closer connection to the various special sports federations in Sweden.
“We have had a good collaboration with Chalmers over the years and think that sports technology has great development potential. The area is so well connected to previous research and education at Chalmers. Therefore, we see great and exciting opportunities, in the future” says Kent Lindahl, responsible for the Swedish sports universities at the Swedish sports confederation.
For all students at Chalmers, the switch will mean more reality-based projects since the collaboration with the sports movement in Sweden will be expanded.
“Our students can give the athletes a sports technology lead in both training and competition. In addition, the students themselves can be involved and influence what kind of sports technology research they want to be involved in and develop during their education”, says Magnus Karlsteen, project manager for the Swedish sports university, Chalmers.
“It will also result in even more bachelor and master’s theses in sports technology and most likely a wider variety of courses with a sports technology profile”, says Magnus Karlsteen.
The fact that Chalmers will soon become its own national sports university will also give the elite athletes who choose to study at Chalmers even more visibility and support.
“We will be able to highlight and strengthen sports technology in both the education and research at Chalmers. During this process, we hope that we can bring forth our National sports university students as good role models for our students and in the student recruitment,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson, vice president of education and lifelong learning at Chalmers.
Text: Vedrana Sivac
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist