The programme aims to strengthen the university’s position within the field of education, improve the supply of advanced expertise and development of the business sector and contribute towards a stronger integration of research and education at the universities.

How Avans contributes to the development of strong research and education environments

The Avans programme is suitable for research and education environments aiming to strengthen the university’s position within the field of education, develop business-oriented degree programmes and contribute towards an integration of research and education.

By giving the university the opportunity to develop second cycle study programmes in collaboration with the business sector, benefits for both parties will be created. Research and education environments who develop their second cycle courses and study programmes will increase the opportunities in attracting new students and researchers.

Programme design, objective and purpose

In the Avans programme, the university work with business partners to develop second cycle study programmes. This could be master’s (or equivalent) programmes or new specializations – during a one- or two-year period – in programmes resulting in a professional degree. The planned degree programme can be based on development of new courses as well as further development of relevant pre-existing courses. However, the total renewal of the degree programme must be substantial.

The objective of the Avans programme is for the university to work with business partners to develop second cycle study programmes that address the skills needs of the business sector.

The purpose of all the Knowledge Foundation’s programmes is to build strong, business-relevant research and education environments. The specific purpose of the Avans programme is to position the education offered and to foster skills supply in the business sector. It also aims to integrate the academic environment’s research and education activities.

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 second cycle 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.

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