Hard-fought victory to keep foundation year programme

Published May 23, 2018

Per Berglund, Vice Dean of Faculty, you are one of those who have been working hard for KTH Royal Institute of Technology to keep its foundation year programme. The government recently came up with a motion that gives it the green light. How does that feel?
“Very good. It really feels like a victory.”

What has KTH been doing this year to try to influence the motion?
“KTH and the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries have carried out a comprehensive study of foundation year students at several universities. This report has been used in our discussions with the Ministry of Education and Research.”

“The issue has often been addressed in various ways and KTH also wrote a letter of criticism to the Minister for Education when the new regulation had been decided upon. They are now referring to this letter in the revised wording. The ministry then invited the universities to a dialogue last winter, where the report was presented.”

What effect do you think this has had?
“KTH’s critical stance has been vital.”

What consequences will the government proposal have on KTH if it comes into force?
“We will continue to run the foundation year programme in the same way as before.”

Is there something that you would like to see done differently or change?
“The new proposal means that we can run the foundation year programme within the framework of our regular subsidy. More investment would have been good.”

In short, why is it important for KTH to keep its foundation year programme?
“The foundation year programme acts as a broader recruitment base. Foundation year students are motivated and perform well in our education programmes and the students receive an excellent introduction into studying at KTH.”

As told to: Christer Gummeson

Fact: According to the government, the purpose of the motion regarding higher education access programmes (in Swedish), which is now being circulated, is to make the step to higher education easier for those who need to meet admission requirements. The referral response must be received by no later than 20 July.

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