Department of Education at Uppsala University
Uppsala University, founded in 1477, was the first university in Scandinavia. At Uppsala University there are about 40.000 students (approximately 23.000 full time students) and 6.300 employees. Uppsala University is a broad research university with well-defined missions and core values such as: To gain and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of humankind and for a better world, be a local, national and international meeting place for knowledge, culture and critical dialogue, to have an ethical attitude and approach, and activities characterized by equal opportunities, to conduct research and education of the highest quality and to collaborate with the surrounding community and contribute to achieving sustainable solutions to the challenges facing society.
The Department of Education (EDU) is one of the largest departments at Uppsala University, with around 200 teachers, researchers and administrators and around 3.000 students. The subject areas are: Curriculum Studies, Educational Sciences and Sociology of Education. The most extensive education commission is within the core courses of the Teacher Education Programs. The Teacher Education Programs consist of Preschools and Preschool Classes, (Preschool Classes, preparatory for children aged 6-7). Primary Schools, divided into a Preschool Class and grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. Secondary Schools Grades 7-9 and Upper Secondary Schools. The department has a tight cooperation with the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket), both about initial and in-service training teacher education. Internationalization of higher education is also a high priority for the department.
The Department of Education has during the past years aimed significant efforts to reinforce teaching and research competence about the education of newly arrivals, in fields such as additional language learning, mother tongue tuition for speakers of languages other than Swedish, inclusion and diversity, social justice, adult education (short track for immigrants to use their previous work competence).
Véronique Simon, Senior Lecturer
Katarina Gahne, International Coordinator