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Published: 2020-03-10 18:02 | Updated: 2020-03-10 18:02

New research school in health science

KI’s Faculty Board has decided to establish a new research school in the field of health science.

The main idea of the school is to enhance healthcare education at the doctoral level and inspire high quality, healthcare-related research. One of the school’s focus areas will be implementation research. Other important aims are to contribute to the future teaching pool and to strengthen the research basis of first and second cycle education.

Doctoral students in the school will be offered a structured series of related courses and relevant activities. Funds for the part-financing of doctoral students will also be advertised through the school.

“The Committee for Doctoral Education has recently appointed a steering group to draw up a schedule and to prepare a call for applications,” says Robert Harris, academic vice president for doctoral education. “We hope that work can commence this spring and that the first group of students can start in the autumn of 2021. This new initiative fits well with Strategy 2030 and is a good example of how research and education can be mutually stimulating. The initiative is important for research, for healthcare and for the scientific foundation of our education.”

“Aninadequate supply of teachers/researchers is a top-priority risk at KI this year,” says Annika Östman Wernerson, academic vice president for education. “We’re seeing problems of teaching staff shortages in many areas. It’s a complex problem and there’s no magic bullet that can solve it, so we need to approach it from many different angles. The new research school makes an important contribution to ensure teaching capacity on our vocational programmes.”