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Lifelong learning

Here you will find processes, resources and news about education within lifelong learning (LL) at KTH. This area includes freestanding courses, contract education, MOOCs and other more informal learning activities such as open lectures and seminars.

KTH's goal is for lifelong learning to be an integral part of KTH's education and to comprise about 20 percent of the total volume of education. In recent years, the government has implemented special initiatives and given assignments aimed at increasing lifelong learning at Sweden's universities and higher education institutions.

Direct government funded continuing professional development (freestanding courses)

Direct government funded continuing professional development is primarily aimed at professionals who wish to continue their education or develop their skills and careers. KTH's offer is currently in the form of freestanding courses.

Checklist: Course information for freestanding courses

It is important that information about freestanding courses is filled in in a clear way so that as many as possible can find and want to apply to KTH's courses. Here you will find how to fill in or update course information for a freestanding course, step by step.

Contract education

Contract education is paid education commissioned by employers for their employees, to develop employees' skills. KTH offers both tailored and open contract education in different subjects.

Processes within lifelong learning

Processes within direct government funded continuing professional development and contract education are currently not available in English, but it is an ongoing work. Once processes are available they will be published on this page. 

Processes in Swedish

Resources for education within lifelong learning 

KTH's Canvas template for lifelong learning courses

Checklist: Course information for freestanding courses

Photos available to use for freestanding courses (OneDrive)

Frequently asked questions and answers about lifelong learning (FAQ)

Support for About Course

News about lifelong learning 

Students working together

Participation boom at freestanding courses

Last year, the number of applications and admissions to KTH's freestanding courses has increased by 60 percent each semester. The percentage of those completing the course was also significantly higher at KTH than the national average. Read about the development in an interview with Anders Johansson, coordinator for LL.

Participation boom in KTH's short courses

Portrait photo of Patrik Hilber

Lifelong Learning at EECS – Now and later

Tackling teachers' greatest fears, recognising our strengths, and a strong internal commitment is Patrik Hilber's, LLA at EECS, recipe for shaping the future of lifelong learning. This article provides insight into how EECS works with lifelong learning.

Lifelong Learning at EECS – Now and later

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Top three courses at KTH – and what makes them popular

KTH's most popular freestanding courses within lifelong learning handle the hot topics of Python programming, ethical hacking andcyber security.

Read the article

Portrait of Anders Johansson

Fresh thinking key in lifelong learning

The need for competence development is growing as society changes and technology progresses at a faster pace. How can KTH meet the needs of the wider market? We asked Anders Johansson, Coordinator for lifelong learning at KTH.

Read the interview with Anders

Portrait photos of Linda Söderlindh, Andrea Eriksson, Markus Lithander and Mathias Ekstedt

Teachers share their best tips

With its further education courses, KTH is part of the solution to the problem of skills shortages in society. Teachers from ITM, CBH and EECS talk about what motivates them to create these kinds of courses and share their best tips.

Read article: They educate the work force

Portrait photo of Olav Vahtras

”The money we got for the course was a positive surprise”

Olav Vahtras, professor in theoretical chemistry at CBH, gives the freestanding course Programming in Python. With over a thousand applicants, it’s by far the most popular freestanding course at CBH.

Read the interview with Olav


For general questions about educational administrative processes, contact Karin Hellmalm,

Frequently asked questions and answers about lifelong learning (FAQ)

All contact information for lifelong learning at KTH

In charge of lifelong learning at KTH