Emballator and Jönköping University in collaboration for new Master programme in PolymersPosted 2021-04-06
In collaboration with Jönköping University (JU) and the owner company Herenco, Emballator have been a part of creating a new Master programme containing polymer technology. The main reason is to increase the polymer competence in the industry but also to make sure that the future is secured.
The project started when Jönköping University hired Muhammad Qadeer, Assistant Professor in Polymers, and he started to visit industrial partners within the partner group.
“The industry’s supply of skills and the ability to innovate in polymers need to be secured. When Jönköping University presented a strategic initiative to recruit a professor in polymers and polymer composites, Emballator wanted to be involved together with Herenco. Our factories are situated one to two hours from Jönköping, so we see it as a strength to be able to offer competitive education regionally”, says Mats Jeppsson, Innovation Manager at Emballator and part of the Partner group.
Beyond the Master programme, that is starting autumn 2021, the project has also resulted in short courses as webinars, that hopefully will affect the industry more rapidly. JU has also increased the content of polymers in related programmes and courses.
“We at Emballator have emphasized specific content in future courses seen from a packaging perspective. We view positively that in 2020 various courses have been held in the polymer area and that the content of the Master programme has been completed with relevant courses. In 2021, we look forward to an even larger part of the higher education credits coming through knowledge in Polymeric materials and manufacturing methods”, says Mats Jeppsson.
The collaboration is important for Emballator and its Innovation Center to create research on new materials and new knowledge. For Jönköping University, it’s at least as important.
“This kind of collaboration is extremely important for our existence, as a university we need to have a connection to the industry. It’s really important that we educate engineers that are relevant to the industry”, says Peter Leisner, Head of Department of Materials and Manufacturing, School of Engineering at Jönköping University.
For Herenco, the owner of Emballator, it’s important to be a part of taking new competence to the market and to make sure that the education is relevant.
“It’s important to have a strategy and clear thought when it comes to competence development. Research and knowledge need to be close to the business. We have seen an increased need of more knowledge and we want to make sure that new competence comes to the markets. We also want to continue to be number one, both when it comes to packaging and new knowledge”, says Lovisa Hamrin, owner of Herenco.Back to news