“We want to raise awareness of the breadth of our courses with a particular emphasis on experiments, physiological measurements, sampling and research results,” says Sari Ponzer, Dean of Higher Education at Karolinska Institutet. “These are areas that we think will capture the imagination of young football players.”

Too few young men apply for places on Karolinska Institutet’s undergraduate courses. There is an uneven gender distribution on all courses, with men taking up just a couple of per cent of places on some programmes. This is something the university is hoping to tackle by showing AIK’s young players that nursing can be exciting and interesting for both women and men.

In the longer term, the project aims to change attitudes towards career choices and so break down traditional gender patterns.

The equality project has been made possible by a SEK 1.5 million grant from the Delegation for Gender Equality in Higher Education and will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Besides Sari Ponzer, the main driving force behind the project at Karolinska Institutet is Caroline Olsson, a supervisor in the Department of Education, who explains:

“In order to ensure good communication between AIK’s football players and the students, teachers and researchers taking part in the project, we’ve decided to work with concrete questions about exercise: What happens in the body when you exercise? How does diet impact on physical activity? How can you prevent injuries? What should you eat before a match? Why are fluids so important? Can you fix a shattered knee joint?”

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For more information, please contact:
Professor Sari Ponzer, dean of higher education
Tel: +46 8 524 865 74 or +46 73 973 26 89 (mobile)

Caroline Olsson, supervisor in the Department of Education
Tel: +46 8 524 865 06 or +46 70 528 64 73 (mobile)

Press officer Sabina Bossi
Tel: +46 8 524 860 66 or +46 70 614 60 66 (mobile)

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