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.
Last week, a group from Study in Sweden made trips to visit a number of universities in northern Sweden, and one of those chosen was Dalarna University.
Students in the Bachelor and Master Programmes in Tourism had the opportunity to attend a guest lecture given by Celia Yoshiad Ahlin, Director of Development and Planning for Orsa Municipality.
Forty years ago, Dalarna University was established. This milestone will be marked throughout 2017 with a series of events, the first of which included three lectures on Wednesday afternoon in the Campus Falun library.
Two students in the Dalarna University chapter of the Swedish Institute’s Network of Future Global Leaders recently had the opportunity to share their insights into what it has been like to live and study in Dalarna for publication in TheLocal.se.