MDU is founded on collaboration and people say that it is in the University’s DNA. When the University was founded in 1977 it fulfilled several needs in the region, and close cooperation with both the private and public sectors was quickly developed. Today collaboration is a self-evident part of education and research. The University also has several strategic collaboration projects and collaboration agreements with companies and the public sector.

Students in demand on the labour market

By these close links to employers the students already gain valuable contacts with future employers during their studies. The University further develops and creates new study programmes together with companies and the public sector. In this way the study programmes attain high quality and are up to date. The students also acquire the skills that are needed on the labour market.

Knowledge of benefit to society

It is MDU's mission to develop new knowledge and to disseminate this to the outside world. The University contributes to the growth and sustainable development of society and ensures that research-based knowledge is part of the public debate. Together with friends outside the University’s walls, the University identifies societal challenges and finds solutions. A part of this is to ensure that research findings are of concrete benefit to society.


Meet your future colleagues

Do you need to recruit employees or want to create a profile on campus? There are a variety of options available at MDU for you as an employer if you wish to get to know and get in contact with our student.

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Advertise job vacancies

Through our Ad Portal, you can advertise job vacancies, summer jobs, trainee places and extra jobs both in Sweden and abroad, free of charge.

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Thesis and degree project

A student has new research-based knowledge and can often come with new approaches, solve problems and develop the organisation.

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MDU runs various projects in collaboration with the private sector, municipalities, authorities and organisations.

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Collaboration with the private and public sectors

Together with municipalities, authorities, companies and organisations, the University contributes to the development of society through its education and research. Here you can read about how your company or organisation can get in touch and collaborate with MDU, our students and researchers.

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Externally employed doctoral students

An externally employed doctoral student is a research student who is employed in a company or municipality and who carries out research studies during employment, while a doctoral student in a municipality carries out research studies at the University and at the same time works within the municipality.

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Education in collaboration

Mälardalen University offers online courses enabling students and professionals in the manufacturing industry to quickly gain new competence in Applied AI, Environmental and Energy Engineering, Software and Computer Systems Engineering.

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Support Mälardalen University

MDU is one of Sweden’s foremost HEIs when it comes to collaboration. Together with the public and private sectors, the University contributes with its education and research towards the development of society. But your support is needed.

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News about collaboration

  • Date 2024-04-08
  • Article type News

Summary of the 2024 Academic Ceremony Week

During the Academic Ceremony week, MDU had a particular focus on academic achievements.

about Summary of the 2024 Academic Ceremony Week
  • Date 2024-03-05
  • Article type News

Participation and commitment earn MDU’s Collaboration Medal

MDU’s Collaboration Medal is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions in support of the University’s collaboration and co-production profile.

about Participation and commitment earn MDU’s Collaboration Medal


International Week 2024

  • 2024-05-15 – 2024-05-17
International Week aspires to be a platform for open and interesting dialogue on international collaboration for everyone interested in building a better world.


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