Higher education, research and space

Higher education contributes to edification and individual development, social engagement and critical thinking skills. High-quality education is crucial to strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness. It is needed to ensure a well-educated labour force and creates the conditions for research and increased knowledge. Space research and space activities provide great benefit to society. Space research contributes important knowledge in many social and research areas.

Responsible for higher education, research and space

Responsible minister

Mats Persson
Mats Persson Minister for Education

Responsible ministry

News about higher education, research and space

  • Sweden’s latest astronaut in space

    Photo: SpaceX

    The Government is looking to advance Sweden’s position in the space sector, and overnight Marcus Wandt became the third Swede in space. Following a successful launch from Florida, he began his journey to the International Space Station.

    “The significance of space, from both a scientific and an economic perspective, will only increase. Sweden is a small country, but it has an ambitious agenda. Sending Marcus Wandt into space is a part of Sweden’s enhanced ambitions in this area. The Government also wants to strengthen Sweden as an engineering nation, and Marcus Wandt could inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists,” says Minister for Education Mats Persson.

  • Mats Persson visits United States to attend launch of Marcus Wandt space mission

    Minister for Education Mats Persson and Sweden’s latest astronaut, Marcus Wandt.
    Minister for Education Mats Persson and Sweden’s latest astronaut, Marcus Wandt. Photo: Margareta Stridh/Government Offices

    Minister for Education Mats Persson is visiting the United States on 15–20 January to attend the launch of a mission involving Sweden’s latest astronaut, Marcus Wandt. Mr Persson will also visit New York for meetings and study visits with a focus on STEM education and research, technology and AI.

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