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LTU rustar regionen i den gröna omställningen

The university equips the region in the green transition

Published: 7 October 2022

Luleå University of Technology is one of the parties in the North Sweden Green Deal project, which was launched in the spring with the goal of equipping Norrbotten and Västerbotten for the opportunities and challenges that come with the green transition.

The large companies in Norrbotten and Västerbotten act as locomotives in the green transition and bring with them an enormous social transformation. The strong and rapid development places demands on both the private and public sectors, not least from a workforce and skills supply perspective.

The project which ends in August 2023 contains four work packages; competence supply, attraction, physical planning and energy. Luleå University of Technology has an active role in the first work package with efforts aimed at further strengthening our business promoters and connecting our students closer to the region's business life and public sector.

- In order for northern Sweden to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that the transition provides and meet the challenges that come with them, a strong collaboration between the majority of actors is required and we are happy to be able to contribute to this work, says Stina Johansson, strategist at Samverkans- and The Innovation Office.

Based on the "Green Deal Days" concept, various efforts are carried out with a focus on increased cooperation between our students, the region's companies and the public sector. During the spring, two lunchtime lectures focusing on fossil-free steel production were held, H2 Green Steel based on the construction of a completely new company and SSAB based on the restructuring of a company with long experience and strong traditions in steel manufacturing. Common to both companies is the enormous demand for sustainable solutions in society, which drives technology development and where our students can play a decisive role.

In addition to more lunchtime lectures from the region's top companies in the transition, universities are looking at the possibilities of expanding the existing mentorship program to include our international students. In order to show in a broader geographical context the opportunities and the future that development in the north brings with it, the concept "Green deal buses" is being launched. Where the more traditional concept invites companies to universities, this focuses on taking the students out to our municipalities where the public and private sectors are given the opportunity to jointly bond with potential employees and future municipal residents.

- Our students are an important part in meeting the challenges that come with the transition and in this project we have developed a number of concepts that connect the different stakeholders in different ways, says Emelie Paulson, project manager at the Career Center at LTU.

FACTS
The North Sweden Green Deal is carried out in close collaboration between Region Norrbotten and Region Västerbotten with the majority of collaborating parties, in addition to Luleå University of Technology, Norrbotten's municipalities, the County Board of Norrbotten, the Swedish Lapland Visitors Board, all of Norrbotten's municipalities and Skellefteå municipality.

The project runs until August 2023, has a total budget of 112.5 million and is financed by Region Norrbotten, Region Västerbotten and Skellefteå municipality with co-financing from the Regional Fund for Upper Northland.