Campus Day kicks off the academic year with free lunches on the lawn

//Campus Day kicks off the academic year with free lunches on the lawn

Campus Day kicks off the academic year with free lunches on the lawn

Some 1,000 free lunches, speeches from five university heads, a steel band and a choir: the first Campus Day at Flemingsberg welcomed students and staff for a day of contrasts and warm late summer sunshine.

Five rectors took to the stage for the opening of the first Campus Day in Flemingsberg, with the variety of the event highlighting the diversity that exists at Campus Flemingsberg.

Strong partnerships
Campus Flemingsberg is Sweden’s richest knowledge environment with five university colleges and some 17,000 students. Everything is within walking distance of businesses, research institutes, and Karolinska University Hospital.

“Campus Flemingsberg is one of KTH’s five campuses and is incredibly important for expanding our recruitment south of Stockholm. This is also the campus where we have the greatest variety of co-operation with other universities,” says Sigbritt Karlsson, KTH president.

“Flemingsberg also offers a medtech focus, an area that we plan to develop with more research, not least in partnership with Karolinska University Hospital.”


Sigbritt Karlsson, KTH president, Gustav Amberg, rector of Södertörn University, Louise Stjernberg, rector of Swedish Red Cross University College, Karin Dahlman-Wright, prorector at Karolinska Institutet and Ian Plaude, rector of  University College of Music Education in Stockholm.

Among those who decamped to the lawn behind the library was book store Harrys böcker. Based right at the heart of campus, Harrys sells everything from course literature to rucksacks and other accessories.

“It’s important to participate in the day to get more students to see what a great service we can offer right in the middle of campus. Our range of course literature is basically based on course lists, which means we have the right books in stock,” says Svetlana Eriksson, manager at Harrys böcker.

“We’re also student-owned with prices that are in most cases competitive with those you find online.”

Help at the right time
A group from the Student Health Centre, Studenthälsan, had a booth next to Harrys böcker.

“Most people we meet come to us when they’ve already felt down for some time. We’d prefer it if more people came to us a lot earlier, when they start to feel inadequate or stressed. That’s when we can provide preventative support,” explains Simon Nilsson, a psychologist at the Student Health Centre.

He underlined how student life can occasionally be challenging with a heavy workload and scant financial resources.

“For all-too-many, studying involves moving from the family home, to a new and unfamiliar place, at the same time as the demands put on you increase dramatically. It’s not plain sailing for everyone,” says Nilsson.

“Book an appointment or simply come to one of our drop-in times,” urges Lena Mattsson, a Student Health Centre nurse.

People who approach the Student Health Centre can access a variety of support, from different types of group activities to individual advice and help.

“Book an appointment or simply come to one of our drop-in times,” urges Lena Mattsson, a Student Health Centre nurse.

During the day, students had the chance to win a free lunch by answering a some carefully selected trivia questions about Campus Flemingsberg.

Queues snake around the lawn for the some 1,000 free lunches available during Campus Day.

Student Health Centre
The Student Health Centre is open for drop-ins from 12:30pm to 2pm on Blickagången 7 for students attending Karolinska Institutet, Södertörn University, and the Swedish Red Cross University College. If you are enrolled at KTH, you should go to Sergelmottagningen in the fifth Hötorgsskrapan.
More information and contact details available here.

2018-09-25T12:55:44+00:00 September 25th, 2018|