Great faith in engineering

Innovative and intelligent. These are characteristics associated with engineers – creativity is another.

This is naturally both flattering and stimulating. But perhaps even more important is faith in our ability to tackle the major social challenges we face – with the help of technology.

These findings were presented just a few weeks ago by opinion and social research institute SIFO’s survey that the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers had carried out on their behalf.

Of the 1,000 engineers aged 18–79 interviewed in the survey, over 80 percent view engineering as a profession of the future.  They have great confidence in engineers identifying solutions with the help of technology. Such solutions include treating wastewater, generating sustainable energy and building sustainable cities. New technology can provide us with things such as clean drinking water and sound medical care.

Just under 85 percent of those surveyed also consider that technological development is crucial to Sweden’s competitiveness.

Swedish engineering has always been closely interlinked with development in the business community and the welfare state. Innovations and industrialisation have gone hand in hand.This interaction is, if possible, even more important in an increasingly globalised market. This applies to exchanges of both personnel and experiences at all levels, with knowledge and expertise constantly needing to be matched with both reality and the labour market.

The attitudes reflected in the survey are very clear and show the importance of KTH’s role as a seat of learning in the field of technology. There is a great deal of trust to safeguard and live up to in this area. During this term, many studdents have been awarded degrees at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and it is always exciting to follow them as they enter the global labour market.

By choosing an engineering programme, many opportunities open up to pursue a range of interests, from artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley to contributing to technological development in agriculture in Africa.

After having been president for six months at one of Europe’s foremost seats of learning in technology, it feels fantastic to see the solid research and education being conducted and the huge potential inherent in our organisation. I look forward to taking the next step in the autumn.

But first I would like to wish everyone who has made a contribution towards making KTH a little better each day – researchers, teachers, students and administrative staff – a really pleasant summer.

The blog will be back again in the middle of August.