Tracks is a new educational initiative that consists of elective courses, and developments to the educational system and Chalmers’ learning environments at Campus Johanneberg. It is one of the largest educational investments in Chalmers University of Technology’s' 190-year history. One important purpose of Tracks is to cater to the students' wishes for a more individual and flexible education.
Tracks courses are elective, open to Chalmers students, year 2–5, master’s level 1-2 and to Chalmers alumni. Tracks Learning Environment is currently under development at Chalmers Campus Johanneberg, in Betonghallen and its surrounding areas. The inauguration is expected to take place in early 2022. the flexible learning environment will include a number of different workshops, studios for film and virtual reality, a physiology lab, textile studio and equipment such as computer resources for machine learning.
To solve future societal challenges, different competencies needs to collaborate. Within Tracks, students will meet and learn to collaborate across programme boundaries and take on relevant challenges with a basis in real-world problems together. Students with different skills can for example, address systemic challenges in areas such as healthcare, energy or look at ethical issues regarding technology.
Tracks gives you as a student the possibility to get in contact with a subject you might not usually come across in your educational programme. You also get to collaborate with students, teachers, and researchers with other areas of expertise than yourself.
Studies within engineering- and architecture have historically been organized by discipline: mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, etc. Deep knowledge in these subjects is necessary for qualitative engineering work, but engineers also need to develop knowledge and skills in teamwork, ethics, communication, entrepreneurship, so-called "professional skills", without compromising the deep subject knowledge.
Today's programme design allows some limited individualization for the student. The introduction of a new course element, from idea to full impact, can take up to two years. Tracks wants to contribute to more opportunities and greater flexibility within Chalmers’ educational offer.
Tracks courses are held in close collaboration with representatives from industry, society and the cutting edge of research. The courses include developing real applications based on the latest research and addressing systemic global challenges.
Why you should apply for a Tracks course!
- You want to experience the cutting edge of research and contribute to solving current and societal challenges as a part of your education
- You are looking for a unique educational opportunity that can kick-start your career
- You want to gain experience of working in a team with mixed backgrounds and skills, as a preparation for your future working life
- You want to improve your CV
- You are looking for an elective course to include in your programme
- You have found a Track course in a subject area that you think sounds interesting
- You want to expand your network by collaborating with industry representatives, students and researchers outside your own field of education