The University conducts BSc programmes and two technician programmes at Bergsskolan – The Swedish School of Mining and Metallurgy, in Filipstad. These educations are now being phased out. The decision is taken in agreement with the Board of the new foundation for Bergsskolan.
– Together with the foundation, we have come to the conclusion that there are no financial conditions for running the programmes further. It is very sad, but with so few students it is just not possible. The students who are already studying at Bergsskolan will be able to complete their education, says Pär Weihed, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
Bergsskolan has a financial deficit, caused by a declining number of students. In order for the economy to be in balance, 200 students are needed. In autumn 2018, 36 students were registered at the University’s education programmes at Bergsskolan. In the autumn of 2017 there were 58 new students.
Bergsskolan's headmaster Jan Håkanson emphasizes that only Luleå University of Technology’s educations at Bergsskolan are affected by the decision. Other activities at the school, like projects, corporate collaborations and training and skills development courses, will continue.
– We will investigate the possibility of starting corresponding educations that Bergsskolan has today but as within the framework of a Higher vocational education, Jan Håkanson says.