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Great interest for technical educations among participants in 5-TEK

Published: 27 February 2019

100 female upper secondary school students from all over Sweden have spent three days at Luleå University of Technology to learn more about technical educations.
– It has been great! You get much more information and a greater insight by being here, says Emilia Ödeen from Vetlanda.

The commitment to 5-TEK has been great with employees and current students at Luleå University of Technology, who have held workshops, led experiments and answered to questions about studies and student life.

It was the second time that Luleå University of Technology organized 5-TEK, with the aim of increasing the interest for technical education among young women. The 100 places were full just a few days after the invitations were sent out to female students at the upper secondary school's natural science and technology programs.

Provides a greater insight

If Emilia Ödeen had not received the 5-TEK-invitation in the mailbox, she might not have considered Luleå University of Technology for her future studies, she says.

– It has been great to travel so far away from home. I'd like to pursue environmental studies or something similar in the future, but I don't know exactly what. It is good to talk to current students and get a greater insight into different educations. It is also great fun to meet so many others of the same age.

Emma Persson studies the natural science program in her hometown Borlänge. Even before she got the invitation to 5-TEK she had thought of Luleå University of Technology as a future university. When she got the chance to visit the university she signed up immediately.

– It gives a lot to hear what the current students think, says Emma.

Met Sweden's Mars doctor

During the three days at the university, the 5-TEK-participants attented a number of different workshops and visited a mini fair with information about the university and student associations.

They also listened to an inspirational lecture held by Ella Carlsson Sjöberg, "Sweden's Mars Doctor" who is deputy director at The Swedish Institute of Space Physics and former student at Luleå University of Technology.

The university's Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn is delighted with the great response for 5-TEK.

– For me, it is important to actively contribute to girls and women thinking about technical educations as gender neutral – there is nothing male or female linked to education. Technical educations are for me strongly associated with creativity, innovation, problem solving and the power to shape our future society. It is important that we get more girls to study these education programmes.

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