The Government decides on an additional investment in the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in view of COVID-19

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The University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is being strengthened to meet educational needs and fight unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis. SLU will receive additional funding that will enable it to offer more places on educational programmes in shortage occupations and for lifelong learning.

SLU has already been allocated an additional SEK 3.3 million for 2020 for educational programmes in shortage occupations. The decision also means that the increase will be permanent at SEK 6.6 million from 2021 onwards for educational programmes in shortage occupations.

In addition, SLU will receive SEK 1.7 million as a one-off investment in lifelong learning. This investment will enable more people with previous work experience to enrol in short programmes for further education and training, and to prepare them for their transition in the labour market.

“This is an ambitious investment in education to fight the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. We will benefit from SLU’s educational capabilities as a basis for the transition to a sustainable society in a changing world. We need to educate and train for a range of key skills needed in the green industries and to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, such as safeguarding food security,” says Minister for Rural Affairs Jennie Nilsson.

“The impacts of the COVID-19 virus on the economy and the labour market have led to a record number of people applying to study. The major investments in education we have made so far this year will offer more people the opportunity for a securer future after the crisis,” says Minister for Higher Education and Research Matilda Ernkrans.

Earlier this year, the Government presented an investment in education, which for SLU meant an investment of approximately SEK 7 million in 2020. A decision has already been made to provide SEK 8 million in 2021. One hundred new places were created on the summer courses, and the foundation year was strengthened with the equivalent of 37 full-time places in autumn 2020 and 74 full-time places in 2021.

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