Hands up. Who wants to work in a leading centre for fintech and world-leading production technology – right now one of Sweden’s foremost game development hubs?
Not to brag, but we can’t help but be proud of the fact that time after time international companies are choosing to set up right here, and that computer games produced in Skövde often top international bestseller lists. With the university, Science Park Skövde, several innovation arenas and numerous creative start-ups, our business sector is at the cutting edge, challenging the old rules of the game, breaking new ground and driving the transition towards a sustainable future. And we’re looking to expand.
So, what are you waiting for? Join the Game!
The path to a great career starts with education… and Skövde.
The fact is that the University of Skövde offers several unique programmes and boasts research projects that are making a splash internationally. For instance, you’ll find northern Europe’s biggest and Sweden’s broadest range of game development programmes. Hit games developed by Skövde companies and former student’s top global bestseller lists time after time and the university is part of Sweden Game Arena, a specific growth environment for computer game development. It also offers great programmes in computing/IT, economics, technology and pure engineering. Hardly surprising then that many of the students are recruited by companies immediately after graduation.
So Skövde must be a great place to be a student? You bet. Living on campus means that everything you need is basically right next door. Cafés and shops, gyms, nature areas, bars and nightclubs and the transport hub, if you actually want to leave Skövde from time to time.
In Skövde you’re close to nature, culture and activities, so if you have half an hour to spare, you can easily enjoy a mountain-bike tour on Billingen, a brief shopping excursion in the city or a circuit on the ski track in winter. Most things are within easy reach, which makes life simpler. However, as essential as it is to have everything close at hand, it’s also good to be part of something bigger.
Skövde is part of Skaraborg, Sweden’s fourth biggest labour market region. Over 250,000 people live within a 50-km radius of Skövde. Almost 12,000 people commute into the city (equivalent to the population of Habo) and over 5,000 commutes to nearby towns every day. Skövde’s central location in Sweden, between Lakes Vänern and Vättern, makes it possible to find exciting career opportunities and live where you want. You can travel to Skövde from Stockholm in two hours, and from Gothenburg in one. It doesn’t get much better than that for a perfect starting point.
Skövde offers endless opportunities for building your network, developing and finding business opportunities. Science Park Skövde brings together companies within smart industry, game development and fintech. Sweden Game Arena is a community for game developers, while Donna Network is working to promote a more equal gaming industry. And there are, of course, a wide range of other networks focusing on a variety of fields.
Did you know that Skövde has several specialist upper secondary schools, including the Volvo upper secondary school, which offers a mix of technical and industrial programmes? These offer two different options: a vocational qualification for those who want to go directly into employment, and eligibility for those who want to continue studying at university.
Is it possible for a newly launched game studio to make a profit of SEK 464 million in its first year? Yes, if you’re the founders of Iron Gate Studio and studied game development in Skövde.
Be inspired by the Skövde students who have taken the world by storm with their Viking-inspired online game Valheim.
In the city center there are charming shops, large shopping centers and many restaurants and cafes. For those who want to experience Skövde by night, there are of course bars and nightclubs.