The steel industry's graduate school supports PhD students closely linked to the steel industry. The students are located on the Dalarna University's campus in Borlänge and in Sandbacka Park in Sandviken.
One purpose of the graduate school is to increase collaboration and knowledge transfer between academia and industry. Another is to contribute to an increased proportion of qualified researchers in Swedish companies.
The work was initiated in 2011 and will run until end of 2020. The activities build on previous good experience of close collaboration between academia and regional industrial companies. When the participants have completed their exams, the graduate school will have delivered eleven doctors and four licentiates to the Swedish steel industry.
The main responsibility for the graduate school is taken by Dalarna University.
The initiative is funded by Jernkontoret, Region Dalarna, Region Gävleborg, the County Administrative Board of Gävleborg, Dalarna University, Sandviken Municipality and the cooperating enterprises.
Collaborations have so far been established with SSAB, Sandvik, Outokumpu, Böhler-Uddeholm, Åkers Sweden, Triple Steelix and data M Scandinavia. Luleå University of Technology, the University of Gävle and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm are important academic partners.