KI collaborates with schools
If the future development of healthcare is to be safeguarded, there has to be a rich input of gifted students of diverse backgrounds into medicine at a higher education level. To this end, KI collaborates with schools and colleges to encourage students into further education and research in the sciences in general and in KI's specialist fields in particular.
Three school collaborations
Karolinska Institutet collaborates mainly with three upper secondary schools in the greater Stockholm area.
KI and Solna Upper Secondary
KI has been collaborating with Solna Upper Secondary since the autumn of 2002. The school has a specially designed science programme with a medical orientation. Each term, the students taking this option take part in some related activity, such as a study visit, lectures or an experiment, at KI. Some students are also given the opportunity to write up their projects under the supervision of a postgraduate student.
KI and Huddinge Upper Secondary
Since 2001, Karolinska Institutet and Huddinge Upper Secondary have been working together on a broad-based initiative to encourage students into higher education and stimulate their interest in science and medicine.
Through a number of activities, students of the school come into contact with Karolinska Institutet and thus familiarise themselves with the academic world while finding out about current medical and scientific research; their knowledge of KI's broad prospectus really boosts their interest in going on to higher education and improves their opportunities to do so. The partnership covers all programmes at the school and, as it has progressed, has also started to target lower secondary schools in Huddinge.
KI and Tensta Upper Secondary
The aim of the partnership between KI and Tensta Upper Secondary is to come into early contact with students from environments lacking a tradition of higher education (often with immigrant backgrounds) and give them encouragement and self-confidence so that they might develop an interest in entering higher education and research in the sciences in general and in KI's specialist fields in particular.
Other activities in contact with schools
Throughout the year, but mainly during application periods, our student ambassadors visit upper secondary schools to inform students about KI's programmes. The schools normally arrange a book table, Q&A sessions and lectures, and our students share their experiences of studying at a medical university.
The Ung08 Festival
At the end of every summer, before the start of the new term, a fun-packed festival is arranged in Stockholm for all 11 to 19-year olds. Karolinska Institutet, the Stockholm Academic Forum and other universities and university colleges from around the Stockholm region have a presence at this event with a marquee full of exciting and entertaining activities designed to arouse their interest in higher education.