The Avans programme provides universities with the opportunity to develop research-based and business-relevant degree programmes at the master’s level.

How Avans contributes to the development of Integrated Research and Education Environments (Kompletta miljöer):

Through the Avans programme, research-based and business-relevant degree programmes are developed that strengthen and position education for the environment in question. This also strengthens preconditions for new recruitments of key personell.

About the programme

Avans relates to development of master’s-level degree programmes relevant to the business sector. This includes master’s (or equivalent) programmes or new specializations – during a one or two year period – in programmes resulting in a professional degree. The planned study programme can be built on both new and existing courses. The project being applied for can consequently cover both new development and continued development of courses, provided that taken together they result in a tangibly upgraded / re-developed degree programme.

The programme aims to strengthen the research-based education on the advanced level at the Swedish university colleges and new universities, and to improve the supply of advanced expertise and development of the business sector. The programme should contribute towards strengthening the university’s position nationally and internationally within the field of education.

The programme’s contribution to the university’s development

Since the courses are developed in collaboration with companies, universities obtain good insight into the knowledge needs of the business sector, which can also provide a basis for reviewing other educational offerings at the university. Furthermore, experience shows that advanced-level programmes with strong connections to the business sector strengthen conditions for international recruitment of students. The programme also provides the preconditions for universities and companies to develop relationships for deeper collaboration in research.

The programme’s contribution to business sector development

Companies’ participation in Avans ensures the relevance of degree programmes developed for the business sector. This strengthens the preconditions for a business sector competence supply, which is a necessity for companies’ development and long-term competitiveness. In general, employees with a relevant post-secondary education of at least three years, provide substantially greater contribution to company productivity relative to those lacking such a qualification. The programme also provides conditions for companies and universities to develop relationships for deeper collaboration in research.

Programme design

Avans relates to development of master’s-level degree programmes relevant to the business sector. The maximum project period is two years, and Knowledge Foundation funding is SEK 2 million. The application must include a statement from the decision-making body of the university of the intention to develop the new degree programme. Apart from current research and education environments at the university, companies – and industry organisations or similar entities, if any – must participate in the development work in order to insure their relevance for the business sector.

Who can apply, and how it works

• Sweden’s university colleges and new universities authorised to award at least master’s degrees in the field in question, are eligible to apply for funding.
• Calls for proposals are issued annually, in autumn. Applications must be registered via the Ansök & rapportera portal.


Petter Zirath
Programme Manager for Avans, NU and Targeted call for competence development in the business sector
073-712 81 35 petter.zirath@kks.se
Birgitta Olsson
Secretary to the CEO and Programme Administrator
073-712 81 12 birgitta.olsson@kks.se