Between 2018-2021 we coordinated a working group with representatives from Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, Akademiska Hus and the real estate developers of Hagastaden. The fact that collaborations between several different disciplines are required to solve tomorrow's challenges is a global trend. The aim of the focus group was to produce a basis for the conditions and needs for the physical communication between the universities. This can facilitate the possibility of further collaboration and cooperations between the universities.
Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University are all strong universities within their respective focus areas. Together, the three universities form a complementary academic environment that ranks well in an international comparison. In 2019, they formed the university alliance Stockholm Trio to further strengthen their collaboration within education, research and partnerships. This long-term, strategic collaboration further highlights the need for efficient communications between the campus areas; a need for simple, time-efficient and accessible communication for students and employees.
Today, scientific breakthroughs often occur through collaborations between different research disciplines, which can result in development leaps and generate new discoveries, highly cited publications and enable new innovations and growth. In order to meet the society’s challenges, collaboration and knowledge-sharing between different disciplines are therefore key. It is more important than ever to connect the three universities’ different competencies and technologies in order address the global trend of convergence between disciplines to address tomorrow’s societal challenges.
Improved mobility between the universities is therefore a key aspect to ensure that Stockholm continues to rank well in international competitiveness in excellent research, talent attraction, collaborations, attracting new organisations/corporates, investments as well as to support the sustainability work of the universities and the City of Stockholm. A more cohesive campus that facilitates more interdisciplinary collaborations, joint educations and administrative collaboration also strengthens Stockholm as a university capital and region.
From December 2018 and until the autumn of 2021, Stockholm Science City coordinated the focus group that investigated issues regarding mobility between the universities. We gathered facts and data to increase understanding of why this issue is important.
When the Foundation completed its coordination assignment, the Stockholm Trio took the responsibility for the initiative Improved mobility between campus areas of the universities in Stockholm.
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Brief facts from the report (in Swedish)