Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology who presented the award, said that the award for Distinguished initiatives for the benefit of education at undergraduate and advanced level is an important and very honorary award. Few occupational groups are more important for the development of a society than just teachers. Good teachers create joy, interest, understanding and self-confidence.
–A good teacher has many times greater influence on students 'educational choices than so-called aptitude and parents' background. I myself often chose courses according to the teachers I really appreciated and only secondarily according to the subject content, Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, said.
She emphasized that teachers are important because they not only shape the future but they also shape the future of the future. She was therefore proud and happy that the university has such knowledgeable and committed teachers, interested and driving supervisors and such good study environments.
– Today we will pay tribute to two of these teachers who have excelled through large and outstanding efforts in our educations. From the statutes for the prize, I quote the following "The prize is awarded for initiatives that promote good education, a good learning environment and increased quality in learning," Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, said.
This year, the jury's choice has fallen on
- Svante Edzén, Lecturer at the Department of Systems and Space Engineering
- Johanna Sundbaum, senior lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences
Motivation Svante Edzén: "Svante works continuously with new ways of examining at a distance while he works to create closeness between student and teacher. Svante's work to strengthen a good learning environment is particularly clear in his way of continuously developing teaching methods to adapt them. This has been shown, for example, in experiments with robots to support distance learning, with a focus on a learning environment that creates presence and collaboration between universities, students and teachers. Svante shows a great commitment to stimulate learning by having close contact with students via, for example, tutoring sessions, practical tutoring and a permissive environment.
Svante's work with distance education became clear during the corona pandemic when he was a great support for teachers both outside and within his own department regarding forms of teaching and distance examination."