What does it take to create a world-class innovation system? And how can universities meet the global social challenges defined by the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals?
As president of KTH – one of Europe’s leading technical universities – I have had reason to think about these questions a lot.
It makes me both proud and delighted that we have the possibility to welcome you to KTH, by hosting the Times Higher Education Innovation & Impact Summit 2020, to discuss how to find a way forward to a sustainable future.
KTH has an extensive infrastructure for research and innovation with many advanced research environments. We offer our students and researchers business coaching on the long journey from idea to market. I think this is an important role for academia – not only to offer education or possibilities for research, but also to work as a “greenhouse” for exciting ideas and innovations.
Being situated in Stockholm, KTH is in the centre of one of the most successful hubs for innovation and tech start-ups in the world.
I look forward to interesting discussions and meetings within the conference and anticipate that the global dialogue around impact and innovation will inspire new ideas and thoughts that together with technological solutions and associated innovations will offer a way forward.
Welcome to KTH.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
This is KTH – one of Europe’s leading technical universities. KTH Royal Institute of Technology was established in 1827 to meet the Industrial Revolution’s growing demand for engineers. As technology has changed, so has KTH’s mission. Today, students and faculty from all over the world work together to create a brighter, more sustainable future.
KTH is Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge. The university’s diverse areas of study and research include engineering, natural sciences, architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy, social science, humanities and artistic research. Basic and applied research is performed in parallel, and interdisciplinary research is conducted alongside work in specific fields. In this way, KTH fosters multifaceted solutions to global challenges, and the innovative climate at KTH creates many opportunities to turn ideas into realities.
The educational programmes foster a new generation of engineers, architects, teachers and undergraduate engineers. KTH has about 3,600 full-time positions, more than 13,000 full-time students and over 1,700 doctoral students. Of the university’s annual turnover of more than SEK 5 billion (£404 million), around two-thirds are related to research. Looking ahead, KTH will continue to focus on research and education for a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow. It will continuously assess the impact of the efforts in society, and contribute with the intellectual resources of students and researchers to create new approaches to some of the most critical challenges.