Days of Knowledge

From the very beginning, Days of Knowledge was a hive-off from the Sjuhärad Savings Bank Foundation’s annual awards gala, where they awarded funds to the business community, culture, sports, and education and research.

“The university is by far the largest recipient of our scholarships; at the same time, they receive by far the least attention. We think that research is so important that it ought to be made particularly visible. We chose to display this through its very own day together with the university,” says Bertil Sparf, chairman of the Sjuhärad Savings Bank Foundation.

Some fixed points for the day:

-       Student competition: Together with Drivhuset, teams of students will compete in the field of sustainability, developing products and presentations. A brief instruction process will get the students from idea to finished product; they will be competing for a total purse of 20,000 SEK.

-        Best degree project: A prize will be awarded for the best degree project with an integrated perspective on sustainable development. One degree project selected per academic community. The best degree project will receive a scholarship, but the projects that place second and third will also be commended.

-        Award of a scholarship to courses already sustainability certified for further development.

-      Gala dinner where researchers will receive their research funds from the Savings Bank Foundation.

The name, Days of Knowledge, clearly alludes to Jaume Plensa’s sculpture House of Knowledge, which stands in front of the Textile Fashion Center since May 22 of this year. As the name of the day indicates, the idea is for October 23 to become the first of many days that put education and research at the centre.

“We hope that there will be a continuation of this day, where we can further develop the arrangement,” says the university’s communications director Ann-Christin Andréasson, who is one of the people involved in arranging the day.

Days of Knowledge will be inaugurated this fall with a lecture by Maria Wetterstrand, which will then be followed by such things as the awarding of prizes and a competition for students, where a certain number of leading students will be selected to develop business ideas linked to sustainable development.

“This year’s theme is sustainable development, and this will also be the idea encouraged with the scholarships and prizes awarded,” says Mrs Andréasson.

Text: Helen Rosenberg