The government has decided on giving extra support for universities and colleges that will strengthen their distance education and offer more open network-based education in order to alleviate the corona virus's impact on the labor market. Of the Swedish universities, Luleå University of Technology is awarded the largest sum of funds, totaling SEK 5 million, for the development of open network-based MOOC courses.
The purpose is to strengthen the attractiveness of individuals in the labor market.
– People in the hotel, tourism and restaurant industry who have been laid off, notified or dismissed from their jobs are a clear group we at Luleå University of Technology focus on when it comes to MOOC courses, says Viktoria Mattsson, Head of Collaboration, External Finance and Innovation who is responsible for coordinating the work on developing the digital courses.
Training of professionals
The online courses will be produced and launched in the fall of 2020 via LTU Professional Education, the university's organization for further training of professionals.
– The courses correspond to 1-3 higher education credits and about two weeks of study in a number of different subject areas such as economics, marketing, digitization and entrepreneurship. The courses will be open to participants from all over the country, says Viktoria Mattsson.
Offering MOOC courses is an important part of Luleå University of Technology's goal of being the leading university in lifelong learning.
– By offering shorter, digital courses, Luleå University of Technology contributes to providing industry with cutting-edge expertise. As the courses are conducted entirely online, we can offer a knowledge and skills boost to people connected to the hotel, tourism and hotel industry across the country. With this initiative, we want to strengthen the industries, but also create an interest in the individuals for studies and show them that they can do this, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.