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Gunnar Eikeland, CEO Sparbanken Nord and Monica Johansson, Head of department at Luleå University of Technology is very happy after the handover of five million SEK to the university. Photo: Lars Andersson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Five million to the music and dance

Published: 21 June 2016

Framtidsbanken, Sparbanken Nord, are supporting Luleå University of Technology with five million SEK. The money will be used to strengthen research within the artistic area. Framtidsbanken has earlier contributed to the financing of educations within the university.

The five millions will contribute to the enhancement of the artistic activity. Today there are seven professors linked to the artistic area mainly in music, but more is needed to improve the quality of more areas in art.
– This gives us the opportunity to establish a new professorship in jazz / rock and assure the quality of the development of education and research in the area, said a delighted John Sterte, Vice Chancellor at Luleå University.
– In the dance, a new post doc will be set up, which means we can start to build up research, also in this area, says Sterte. It is especially gratifying when interest in dance and demand for dance teachers increases.
Framtidsbanken is a special initiative within Sparbanken Nord whose mission is to invest in the region's development and future for the benefit of people, organisations and companies.
– Sparbanken Nord's decided to make great efforts to support the positive development of Luleå University of Technology's premises in Piteå. The creative and cultural industries deserve and need investments in research and education. We are happy that we, as the region's own bank can contribute to this, says Gunnar Eikeland, CEO Sparbanken Nord.
The five million will be used for a professorship in jazz / rock, as well as a research service (postdoctoral) in dance. In addition to the five million is the Institutet för dans i skolan, which works closely with the university, received SEK 750 000 to develop their work.