Make Malmö University your New Year’s resolution

There's never been a better time to take a step toward a new future – and Malmö University has a range of international programmes to help you fulfill your promise.

Make Malmö University your New Year’s resolution
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A new calendar year means a fresh start. A time to reflect on our choices, and the changes we want to make in our lives.

Sure, 2018 could be the year you start that detox, or resolve to stop binge-watching Netflix series, but why not make a more meaningful resolution — one to truly make a difference?

There are still two weeks left to apply to international study programmes at Malmö University and take the first step towards a future you are passionate about.

Starting an education is much more than a career investment; it’s a way to gain new skills, grow as a person, broaden your horizons, learn from new challenges, meet new people, and feel empowered both personally and professionally.

An education at Malmö University means doing something positive for yourself, and for others.

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Commitment to social change and a more equal society is what the University is all about.

Whether you’re interested in interaction design, human rights, migration, criminology, media, sport science, or something completely different, it’s likely Malmö University has the ideal programme for you.

Malmö University offers seven bachelor's programmes and 17 master's programmes, all taught in English. Check out what’s on offer here. If you are thinking of applying for a master’s programme, you may also qualify for a scholarship.

The University has a strong multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on sustainability and preparing students for an ever-changing, global labour market.

The interior of the Niagara building at Malmö University. Photo: Fredrik Bergström/Malmö University

Studying at the University means being part of a modern and, importantly, diverse environment. Almost a third of new students are born abroad or have parents who are born abroad, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself making friends for life from every continent!

As for Malmö itself, forget your misgivings about arctic weather and unemotional Swedes – the city will win you over with its mix of urban life and small town charm.

And here’s a fun fact: Malmö has been ranked as one of the world’s most innovative cities, with eight start-ups founded every day.

What makes Malmö truly special, however, is its proud multiculturalism. Flavours, traditions, and perspectives from all over the world meet and merge in this one-of-a-kind city.

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In the unlikely event that you do fancy a change of scenery, you can always hop on a train and be in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, in only 30 minutes.

Convinced yet? Applications to Malmö University for autumn 2018 are being accepted until January 15th – so don’t delay.

With just a few clicks, 2018 could be the year that changes everything.

Applications are submitted online. You can find everything you need to know about the admissions and the application process here.

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Malmö University.


Swedish university exam unlikely to go ahead at all this year

It is looking increasingly unlikely that 'högskoleprovet' – an exam used by thousands of students every year as a way to enter Swedish university will go ahead – despite a government U-turn.

Swedish university exam unlikely to go ahead at all this year
In a normal year, 100,000 students sit what is known as the SweSAT or 'högskoleprovet'. Photo: Malin Hoelstad/SvD/SCANPIX

The Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT, or högskoleprovet) is normally held twice a year, but was cancelled in spring and then later in autumn due to the coronavirus pandemic. But after pressure from opposition parties, the government last week said it would pave the way for the test to take place on its usual date in October in a limited format, open only to people who had not previously sat it.

Usually around 100,000 people sit the exam each year, around 40 percent of them doing so for the first time. The exam is not compulsory, but many people use its results to get into university, and it is seen as a crucial second chance for those who are not able to get accepted based on grades alone.

But any hope lit by the government's announcement last week was quickly extinguished this week, when university principals said it would still not be possible to organise a coronavirus-safe sitting. In the end it is up to the exam organisers to decide whether or not to hold it, so the government holds limited sway.

“They [the university principals] do not want to take responsibility for conducting the exam during the autumn, but would rather spend time and resources on conducting two tests as safely as possible in spring,” Karin Röding, director-general of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), told the TT news agency on Tuesday.

“I have no reason to have another opinion,” she added.

“It appears to be the case that you are going to have to wait another few months before an exam can be carried out in an infection-safe way,” confirmed Sweden's Minister of Higher Education, Matilda Ernkrans.

Meanwhile the political pressure eased on the Social Democrat-Green coalition government to ensure the test could be held before the deadline for applying to the spring semester of university, when the Liberal party joined the centre-left in voting no to pushing for an autumn sitting. Last week there was a majority for a yes vote on the Swedish parliament's education committee, consisting of right-wing parties Moderates, Christian Democrats, Sweden Democrats and the Liberals, but after the latter switched sides the committee voted no.

The Mdoerates blamed the government for not acting sooner to help the exam go ahead, by for example allocating more money and investigating the possibility of using more venues.

“There is one person who is to blame. That's Matilda Ernkrans,” said the party's education spokesperson Kristina Axén Olin. “The government has handled it really poorly and now it is thought to be too late and impossible.”

Ernkrans argued that she and the government had done everything they could, including making sure that test results from previous years will be valid for eight years rather than the usual five, as well as allocating extra funding to make it possible to hold more than one exam next spring.

Swedish vocabulary

cancel – ställa in

test/exam – (ett) prov

second chance – (en) andra chans

government – (en) regering

semester – (en) termin (note the false friend – the Swedish word semester means holiday)