The profile of research and education at the University of Gävle is becoming more distinct. The profile is based on the University's strong fields of Health-Promoting Working Life and Built Environment, as well as on a research profile in educational sciences.
The University continues to purposefully invest in nationally and internationally successful research and in the right to award Licentiate and Doctor of Philosophy. Researchers in the profile areas develop beneficial working and living climates. For example, researchers specialised in energy systems solutions cooperate with environmental psychologists to create healthy indoor climates. Researchers specialised in musculoskeletal disorders cooperate with health-care staff to prevent injuries and to find methods for a quick rehabilitation. We develop the research profile in educational sciences through extended research cooperation between the faculties that offer first-cycle courses.
Higher education is an engine of growth. The reason for this is that research and research programmes often lead to development and innovation in the working life, and because it provides the region with important skills. By working together with the industry and the public sector, we develop study programmes that address the need of competence. The University has third-cycle programmes and research collaborations with several higher education institutions and intends to develop more, new collaborations with other universities for second-cycle studies.
The University also continues to extend its internationalisation of education and research. Efforts are made particularly in collaborations with China, India and countries in Europe.
The research in Built Environment has great potential in international research collaborations, and the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research has extensive research collaborations with international groups, which may be extended to include also educational initiatives.