The Swedish School of Textiles
University of Borås
About The Swedish School of Textiles - University of Borås
University of Borås (HB) is an innovative academic institution where research is conducted in close collaboration with the business community, creative and public sectors, and in line with its trademark concept of Science for the Professions. University of Borås is organized in three faculties, each with several departments and a Science Park dedicated to Textile and Fashion. The university boasts of its flagship of “Swedish School of Textiles” and “Smart Textiles” which are leaders in its field nationally and well received internationally.
The Swedish School of Textiles is one of the largest institutions for textiles in Europe, embracing over 1100 students and active in research, innovation and education in advanced textile and fashion on Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. The related research and educational environment supports the entire textile value chain, and includes experimental practice based design, technology, engineering and management. The school runs a number of cross-disciplinary research areas within the scope of: Smart Textiles, Digital customised clothing production, and Circular and Bio-based Textile and Fashion. The multi- and transdisciplinary textile and fashion-related research also benefits education and training in the textile and fashion sector. The field of textiles and fashion is among the areas in which the University of Borås, through the Swedish School of Textiles, has a national responsibility in conducting textile and fashion research. This is hosted through an active research environment with seven research groups in the areas of: Advanced textile structures; Business to Business Relationships; Polymeric E-textiles; Textile Value Chain Management; Marketing, Fashion and Sustainable Consumption; Textile Material Technology; Textile and Wearable Sensing for P-health; and Design.
Another flagship of University of Borås in the field is Smart Textiles, which works on using the textiles of the future to improve people’s everyday lives as well as provide benefits to the industry, the healthcare sector, and the environment. From being a project initiated and coordinated by the Swedish School of Textiles, it has successfully developed into a leading research and innovation environment and cluster for textile, fashion and design. Smart Textiles relates well to national and regional strategies for smart specialisation and specific policy priorities for reindustrialisation and the development of a new circular economy. Since 2018 it coordinates the Swedish government mandated national collaboration platform for sustainable textile and fashion, called Textile & Fashion 2030.