Örebro University is a modern university with a broad scientific base and the ambition of building research and education for the future. It is one of Sweden’s most expansive universities with 17,000 students and 1,200 staff. 60 undergraduate programmes, 30 postgraduate programmes as well as 800 courses in about 50 subjects are offered. Örebro University offers an attractive range of training opportunities within fields such as medicine, law, psychology, business and economics, education, social work, nursing sciences and engineering. Investments made into professional degree programmes have doubled the number of applicants seeking to obtain a professional degree. In a further bid to expand the range of programmes on offer, the university is currently preparing to offer a Master of Science in Engineering.

The success of our courses and degree programmes emanates from the internationally renowned research pursued at the university. Among the strongest research areas are robotics, environmental science, youth and developmental studies, medical science and disability science. Measures are being put in place to safeguard the quality of research results, and the establishment and maintenance of active and long-term international collaborations with international research environments are considered a priority.

Örebro University is an important driving force for development as well as for growth through its active collaboration with a range of businesses and organisations. The research pursued at the university is often employed on the local, national and international level. The university’s role in society is to provide development and innovation by pursuing interaction with trade and industry, various organisations and the public sector. With dedication and cooperation, Örebro University is building strong and community-based operations that contribute to growth and a favourable development of society.

Youth & Society is a research group where a group of about 15 senior and junior scholars in political science, developmental psychology and media and communication collaborate on how young people develop their civic engagement. During 2009-2015 longitudinal data are collected from about 4000 13-30 year olds, their two friends and their parents. It main funder is RiksbankensJubileumsfond. Additional grants have been received from the Swedish Research Council, Örebro University’s Strategic Resources, and EU FP7.

ORU will participate in most of research and policy related work packages but take a particular responsibility for carrying out WP3 and WP9, building on its research excellence and previous 6 experiences from participating in FP7 projects.