KTH´s Prizes and Awards
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology awards the following prizes to both internal and external recipients.
The KTH Great Prize
The prize is taken from the proceeds of a donation made in 1944 and which now stands at one million two hundred thousand Swedish kronor.
The KTH award for industrial collaboration
Systems Engineering uses methods and techniques to profitably develop, manufacture, operate and maintain industrial plants and systems. The term was coined about 15 years ago by the Engineering Sciences Academy (IVA) to distinguish it from the general and bland concept of systems technology. The expertise within this broad and interdisciplinary engineering field is essential for the future competitiveness of Swedish industry. Now that IT is being introduced in all products and in all industries, new demands are being made – which also opens tremendous opportunities. With the right investments in education, research and industrial companies, there is a potential for making systems engineering into a Swedish cutting-edge, giving Sweden a world-leading position.
In order to focus on this hugely important area and to encourage and reward good individual efforts, KTH has established the headline prize - a prestigious gold medal which will be awarded once a year during the conferment ceremony in November.
The grant from the Janne Carlsson Foundation for academic leadership will be awarded at the ceremony in November. The prize is currently SEK 50,000.
A fundraising foundation in the above Vice-Chancellor's name was founded in 1998. The aim was to stimulate people who were active in the Swedish academic world to develop leadership. Another aim was to honour Janne Carlsson for his work on the development and internationalization of Swedish academic life. The foundation will use its combined resources for one or more annual grants to one or more persons who made outstanding contributions to academic leadership in the previous year.
Honorary grants - for graduate engineers and architects
The University Council decided on 17 March 1971 to annually award an honorary grant in each section. The grants come out of the Hesselgren Foundation.
The requirements stated:
The grant shall be paid to a person in each section who has graduated within the specified period of time and who has deserved the grant.
At the beginning of each year the different programmes receive a list of those whose degree was issued during the previous calendar year. Average grades, study time, etc are given for the top ten or so students on engineering programmes. The programmes select a grant winner, most often from the top of this list.
However, each programme is free to choose a person not on this list, since regulations only state that the winner must deserve the grant.
The programmes are not required to justify their choices, although some choose to do so. For example, it may be given for excellently accomplished exchange studies, a good thesis, and so on.
This year, the vast majority of students have achieved the highest average grades on their programmes. The others are in all cases within the top bracket of the grades list.
In the architecture programme, which does not have ranked grades, the jury's opinion is mainly based on the graduation thesis along with an overall assessment of project work and written work during the study period.
Currently, there are 14 programmes that appoint grants. The latest added programmes have as yet so few graduates that they will have to wait until next year.
The grant amount is currently SEK 8,000 per person. In addition, the grant winners are given a diploma which is handed out at the City Hall in connection with the diploma awards in the spring. The winners are invited as guests of honour to the diploma presentation on the day their own programmes have their awards. (Usually, they have already been to the diploma presentation the previous year and have received their ordinary diplomas.)
The Wallquist Berg Medal This medal is awarded every ten years to a person who has made meritorious contributions to materials technology. The last medal was awarded at the ceremony in 2003. Anders Wärme was awarded the medal for his outstanding and important development work in the steel industry.
The Berg medal is made of pure gold and is 6 cm in diameter. On one side the medal has the inscription "for outstanding contributions to the Berg development and advancement" and on the other side bears an image of the donor himself.
The Wallquist Study Medal
The study medal shall be a silver medal in the same size as the Berg medal (60 mm) with one side bearing the donor's picture, as in the Berg medal (same pressing) and the other side in principle the same but with the inscription "For outstanding academic performance at the Royal Institute of Technology. "
It is annually awarded to a student in his/her final year at university, regardless of department, who during the study period has properly followed the tuition and at the end of each academic year has passed in all subjects in the programme during the academic year which have included examinations. If several students fulfil these requirements, the medal shall be awarded to the student with the highest average grade in all subjects. On the other hand, if there is no student who fulfils these requirements there will naturally be no award given. The donor makes no compromise on these requirements.
The medal is awarded each spring in connection with the diploma presentation.
The name on the medalist is always kept secret until the moment of presentation. The medal is normally awarded after the honorary grants.
KTH also awards the following prizes internally
The Vice-Chancellor's equality and diversity prize
The Vice-Chancellor’s equality and diversity prize for employees, awarded by Christina Sternerup, KTH equality coordinator.
The Vice-Chancellor’s equality and diversity prize for engineers, awarded by THS.
These prizes, each currently having a value of SEK 10,000, are awarded at the diploma presentation in December in Stockholm City Hall.
Teacher’s Prize/Educational prize
awarded by the Student Union in collaboration with KTH.