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Uppsala University, Sweden

Teacher contact hours

The local newspaper in Uppsala, UNT, writes today about contact hours for students in light of a new report from the Swedish Higher Education Authority on teacher-directed learning in higher education. The report is welcome and the students’ involvement is pleasing. Having said that, it is important to underline that contact hours are not an […]

Coordination necessary for better internationalisation

Right now, Agneta Bladh is on stage in the Humanities Theatre here in Uppsala. She is presenting the report of the Internationalisation Inquiry, “Making Sweden more attractive as a knowledge nation”, and the measures proposed in it. This is the first presentation of the final report of this government inquiry and we are pleased it […]

A week in Japan – MIRAI

(Swedish post published 11 October.) During the past week, I (Eva) have been in Japan for the STINT Leadership Summit (Kyoto), the STS Forum (Kyoto), a visit to the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and the MIRAI Seminar (Tokyo). This year is the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sweden. We have […]

Future in focus

(Original Swedish post published 5 October.) On Tuesday we broke the ground for the new Ångström expansion. This will add a further 30,000 square metres to our lively laboratory, bringing the total area to 100,000 square metres. The Department of Information Technology will move in and there will be space for an auditorium, a library, […]

Guild Vice-Presidents meeting

(Original Swedish post published 25 September.) Last week Uppsala hosted deputy vice-chancellors and vice-rectors from the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities for a Vice-Presidents meeting. These meetings are held a couple of times each year and prepare ‘policy papers’ and similar documents for adoption when the heads of the member universities meet at the network’s […]

First meeting of University Board and 10 years with Hallym

On Wednesday the University Board gathered for its first meeting of the autumn semester. As tradition dictates, we met in the University Main Building, where the meeting in the new University Board Room began with the Vice-Chancellor’s report (PPT). The presentation met with lively interest, and as Vice-Chancellor I was pleased to be able to […]

Autumn semester under way

The trees are slowly beginning to turn from green to yellow and red and now the autumn semester is properly under way. In the last few weeks, Anders and I have had the privilege of meeting and welcoming our new students. Last week Anders had two receptions for new students in Uppsala and on Monday, […]

Guest post: How we are working on research infrastructure

For researchers at any university, making the most of great national and international research infrastructure ventures is both an opportunity and a challenge. If Swedish universities also have to draw on their government funding to co-finance national research infrastructure, the challenge becomes more complicated. It requires national coordination and to this end the vice-chancellors of […]

Focus on fundraising at Management Council

(Original Swedish post published 24 August.) The Management Council* meets at the beginning of each term for an overnight conference. It gives us a chance to discuss strategic issues, to plan the year ahead and to get to know one another a bit better. It was particularly pleasing that all our new student representatives – […]

SANORD’s annual Conference and Council meeting

(Original Swedish post published 19 August.) So once again, it was time for the annual SANORD Conference, this time at Jyväskylä University in Finland. The theme of this year’s conference was Academic Citizenship: Recognition, Resilience and Resistance. There were many interesting presentations and keynotes; Professor Sabelo Gatsheni-Ndlovu (University of South Africa) in particular gave us […]

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