A recent report from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) presents new figures regarding recruitment and enrolment in higher education. It shows that a decreasing proportion of young people are starting university immediately after upper secondary school, even though there haven’t been any changes in the basic qualifications required to enrol. As usual, though, the figures show that there are relatively big regional variations; and the highest proportion of students that started their university studies by the age of 24 come from larger cities.
Since the 1970s, public policy has been to build more colleges and universities outside the big-city regions. Over the years, this has been shown to increase the proportion of students who continue their studies, particularly in their local region. Does the same trend apply in a big-city county such as Stockholm? KTH has facilities on five campuses in Greater Stockholm: Kista, Valhallavägen, Solna, Flemingsberg and Södertälje. This means that our courses are available to many people throughout the county who are thinking about continuing their studies. However, proximity to home is not the only factor in choosing a programme.
Our city integrated campuses mean that KTH has a presence not only where people live, but also where public and private sector organisations are based. KTH Campus at Valhallavägen is the oldest and has the broadest range of courses while Campus Solna is home to fewer courses and programmes but hosts the SciLifeLab, a collaborative national laboratory for the Life Sciences. In addition to the aforementioned locations, Södertälje, Flemingsberg and Kista are three totally different campuses integrated with the city.
In Södertälje, we are close to several large and internationally successful companies within the vehicle and pharmaceuticals industries. In Flemingsberg, KTH shares space with a number of other universities (Södertörn University, The Red Cross University College, Karolinska Institutet) as well as the Karolinska University Hospital. And finally there is Campus Kista, where KTH focuses on information and communication technology, alongside several international companies within IT and digitalisation as well as another university (Stockholm University). This not only creates dynamic environments, but also diverse opportunities to explore and make connections in the job market.
KTH offers many unique opportunities for students throughout the Greater Stockholm region with four locations outside the 101-year old campus on Valhallavägen. We still see that programmes at KTH Campus receive the most applications; but I would encourage both current and future students to consider which campus they want to study at in addition to the programmes they find most interesting. All of our courses meet KTH’s high standards no matter where you study, but the different campuses can help you get access to the particular industries nearby. By studying at one of the four newer KTH campuses, you can gain excellent exposure and insight into specific sectors such as IT, vehicle engineering or life sciences.