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The programme supports the universities to develop and run second cycle and/or third cycle online courses, in collaboration with the business sector, that will contribute to the international profiling and positioning of the university’s strong research and education environments.

How NU contributes to the development of strong research and education environments:

The NU programme is suitable for strong research and education environments aiming to strengthen their international profile and position. By developing pedagogical skills and designing online courses on the second and/or the third cycle in close collaboration with the business sector, internationally competitive “top” courses will be provided. By promoting international positioning and profiling, new contacts and collaborations can be associated to the strong research and education environment of importance to future development.

Programme design, objective and purpose

In the NU programme, the university work with business partners to develop and run second cycle and/or third cycle online courses. The applied project can include development of new courses as well as further development of relevant pre-existing courses. The planned courses must have a flexibility to attract an international target group, for example regarding course length (higher education credits), rate of study and mode of assessment.

The objective of the NU programme is for the university to work with business partners to develop and run second cycle and/or third cycle online courses that address the skills needs of the business sector and position the university’s educational offerings internationally. The objective is also to strengthen the university’s online education provision.

The purpose of all the Knowledge Foundation’s programmes is to build strong, business-relevant research and education environments. The specific purpose of the NU programme is to contribute to the international profiling and positioning of the university’s strong research and education environments.

The programme’s contribution to the university’s development

Universities currently face increased competition, where profiling of research and higher education constitutes a prerequisite to assert themselves in the face of global competition. Online course offerings provide an opportunity for the universities to position their strong educational and research environments nationally and internationally. Courses should be developed in collaboration with companies, which provides the universities with good insight into the knowledge needs of the business sector. Furthermore, it is important that courses at the master’s level with strong connections to the business sector strengthen the conditions for recruitment of students nationally and internationally.

The programme’s contribution to business sector development

Through their participation, companies can be part of forming course content and design so that the content is of topical interest for the business sector. This ensures relevance for business and strengthens the conditions for a proper competence supply in the business sector, which is a requirement for companies’ development and long-term ability to compete. It is also an opportunity for the business sector to strengthen its relationships with the university and thus expand collaboration in both research and education.

Who can apply, and how it works

Sweden’s university colleges and new universities may apply. The applicant organisation must be a university with degree-awarding powers(master’s degrees or higher) for the subject area addressed by the application.
• The programme issues calls for proposals 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