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The Minister of Education visits the robotics lab

Published: 23 March 2022

Minister of Education Anna Ekström experienced many exciting things during her day visit at Luleå University of Technology this week. Vice-Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn informed about the green transition and the new initiatives that the university is making when it comes to research and education to be able to meet the global needs in the environmental area.

"You have a very good reputation as a university with your close collaboration with industry", Minister of Education, Anna Ekström said.

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Together with Vice Vice-Chancellor Pär Weihed, Vice Vice-Chancellor Cathrine Norberg and University Director Veronika Sundström, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn met the Minister. The future areas Creaternity and SUN and the Centers CH2ESS (Center for Hydrogen Energy Systems Sweden) and ACE (Artic Center for Energy were highlighted) which are developed to match and drive the development of the green transition. So have the new educations towards sustainability: the Bachelor Programme in Mineral Resource Engineering, Master Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering, Master Programme in Climate Physics Engineering, technology and society and the Master Programme in Engineering, Sustainable Production.

Positive to new educational initiatives

The Minister was also very positive about the new approach to trying to provide education thorough modules and about the idea of developing them so that in the future, even employees in industry can use these modules for their competence increase in specific areas.

The weight of an iron meteorite

Afterwards, René Lauferprofessor of Onboard space systems, talked about Sweden's space university at Luleå University of Technology. The Minister then had the opportunity to really feel the weight of an iron meteorite, more than 4,5 billion years old,  discovered in the 1940s. She also got to hold a mini-satellite and were told about the unique opportunity the students have who study space technology at Luleå University of Technology, when it comes to the fact that all within a radius of 3.5 km from the campus of Kiruna, the students self-made mini-satellites can be aunched into space.

Popular lab visits

The research group in robotics and AI then invited the minister to their Robotics lab where she got to know the robot dog SPOT and see autonomous drones at work. She also vistited the Depict-lab.

The difficult world situation was also discussed

During the day, the war in Ukraine and the consequences for universities in Sweden and for Luleå University of Technology, were discussed. They also observed a minute's silence for teachers who so tragically wree killed at Malmö Latin School last Monday.
The day ended with the student unions having a chance to talk to the minister.