Facts on the research collaboration Borås – Skövde

The University of Borås and the University of Skövde are involved in a strategic research collaboration co-financed by Region Västra Götaland. The aim is to build powerful joint research environments that provide stronger educational institutions in the region.

The collaboration is taking place within four research areas and extends up until 2017:
- Information and Communication Technology
- Design, Textiles and Sustainable Development
- Health Care and Well-being
- The Future of Entrepreneurship and New Business Models

Information and Communication Technology

The use of the services provided over the internet is increasing every year. It is not just about e-commerce, but also aspects such as e-health, internet authorities and e-learning. The research group within the theme of Information and Communication Technology meets these challenges through focused efforts under the concept The e-Services of the Future. 

The theme's overall objective is to identify opportunities for collaboration between the educational institutions, to strengthen these through joint activities, and to broaden and deepen the foundation for future co-production. In addition, one of the goals is to create a vibrant and cohesive research environment around The e-Services of the Future. 

The first year saw the initiation of six two-year collaborative projects within information fusion in e-services, pre-hospital medical care, sports analytics, tools for e-learning, effective e-government and open e-services. 

Design, Textiles and Sustainable Development

The goal of the research group within the theme Design, Textiles and Sustainable Development is to establish an open, dynamic and sustainable ecosystem for research, innovation and education within Smart Textiles. 

The research group has identified two domains within the theme where the universities are strongest. For the University of Skövde, it is “advanced information systems and models”. And for the University of Borås, it is “design and textile technology in smart textiles”. Through this collaboration, the universities retain and expand their leadership roles within their respective domain. This will also lead to the educational institutions strengthening their long-term competitiveness and innovation potential within the Swedish textile industry, as well as within new areas for textiles. 

The research group will drive the work forward through, for example, four postdoctoral positions. Two will be based in Borås and two in Skövde.

Health Care and Well-being

A growing elderly population represents a major challenge for the entire Western world. How can one increase their individual preconditions for health in old age? This is a pressing question, which is why the research group within the theme Health Care and Well-being has initiated the research programme Ageing, living, learning.

Ageing, living, learning involves researchers from the School of Health Sciences and also researchers from the School of Education and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Borås. From the University of Skövde, researchers from the School of Health and Education are involved. There is an even number of researchers from the two universities and both are contributing an equal amount of funds. Within the programme, the researchers have started several projects in order to, among other things, find out how to achieve a healthy state of old age and how to deal with chronic pain and illness.

The Future of Entrepreneurship and New Business Models

The research group is endeavouring to develop a match making-model where investments are primarily made in researchers from each university who are interested in initiating partnerships through joint research applications in the research collaboration. In addition, the group is investing in collaborations with prominent international researchers.

Among others, nine collaborative projects are underway in areas such as generation changeovers within family businesses, new technology within trade, and organisational development within the textile industry.

The research group is also investing in guest researchers. The idea is that, through their lectures and comments on texts, they will inspire the researchers at both universities to produce publications and strong research applications.