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Quality education

A good education in terms of quality and inclusiveness is an important pre-condition for a society based on equality and a sound economic footing and ensures the well-being of its citizens. Everyone has the right to an education according to his or her prerequisites.

The University of Gothenburg seeks to welcome all students. The goal is to have students that reflect all parts of the society. The University’s learing environment require further development so that all students can be offered learning on equal terms. A fair education system means that anyone can have the opportunity to attain qualifications regardless of their background or prerequisites. A science education that is open to all creates a sound basis for continued progress towards achieving a sustainable society.

Global collaboration

The University of Gothenburg has a number of exchange programmes with organisations and universities around the world. Several of the exchange programmes in Europe are arranged within the Erasmus Programme, but there are also collaborations and exchanges with universities outside Europe. In the field of science, for instance, there are collaborative projects with the University of Rwanda for those studying environmental science. Another example is the collaboration with the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Students and teachers have travelled in both directions over the Atlantic to learn from each other. Collaboration with other countries enhances the quality of the study programmes, provides a more in-depth knowledge exchange between the parties and gives the students contacts in professional life.

Access to qualified teachers

Ensuring a good standard of education is dependent on the availability of qualified teachers for children and young adults. There is, however, a severe shortage of teachers with a background and sufficient competence in science and mathematics. The University has therefore collaborated with the City of Gothenburg to develop a teacher training programme that will encourage more applicants to teach mathematics and science. The training is aimed to those who already have a degree in science, mathematics or technology and who would consider passing on their knowledge as a teacher. The students accepted on the course can qualify as either a lower or upper secondary school teacher in just one year should they choose to study at a faster pace.

The challenges facing the teachers of tomorrow are great, not least in the field of science. How do you attracted someone’s interest in something and then keep it alive? The number of students in Sweden studying science at upper secondary school and university level has been steadily decreasing in recent decades, at the same time that society is in great need of qualified natural scientists. The teachers in the faculties are engaged in various collaborative projects with local primary and upper secondary schools in order to enthuse pupils in the subject of science. A research project, linked to teacher training for teaching specific subjects, is looking at how different learning environments with an interactive approach can be used to enhance the quality of science teaching.

Lifelong learning

An ageing population means that a political agreement has been reached on raising the age of retirement for receiving a general pension. This means that in 2026 the minimum age at which you can take out a general pension will be 64. The labour market will most likely undergo changes as well, since more people than before are switching careers or undertaking further education. The teaching and acquiring of new knowledge is no longer the sole preserve of the young but continues throughout one’s life.

The University offer a number of popular science courses that focus on scientific study and lifelong learning. Here are some examples:

• Biology for philosophers
• The history of the art of navigation
• Interstellar communication
• Black holes and the theory of relativity - a visual journey
• Climate, humankind and society
• The geology and climatology of viticulture
• Resistance to antibiotics

Sustainability labelling of courses and programmes

The University of Gothenburg has special criteria for labelling and thus drawing students’ attention to the courses and study programmes that address issues associated with sustainable development. These courses and programmes address the three aspects of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental sustainability.

This is Goal 4: Quality education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

Source: The UN's Official wesite for Sustainable Develpoment Goals

Page Manager: Erika Hoff|Last update: 4/12/2018

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