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Uppsala University, Sweden

Sponsor a chair – the Humanities Theatre

(Original Swedish post) A few weeks ago, the Humanities Theatre was officially opened. This new facility at the English Park Campus is a modern amphitheatre, designed as a limitless arena for education and innovative thinking, based on open conversation. The inauguration really showed off the theatre’s potential. The sound system and acoustics are impressive. The […]

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Deans’ meeting on Q&R and STRUT

(Original Swedish post pubhlished 18 October.) On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Director, vice-rectors, deans, administrative heads and others gathered for the autumn semester deans’ meeting, this time at Lejondal Castle. The overnight format provides time for in-depth strategic discussions. The Vice-Chancellor began with a report on ongoing developments at the University […]

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Enhanced research cooperation between Sweden and South Africa

(Original Swedish post) Last week (2–3 October), representatives of seven Swedish and 22 South African universities met at the University of Pretoria in South Africa to plan the contents of the internationalisation project South Africa–Sweden University Forum. This forum is coordinated by Uppsala University and is a cooperation project that will bring together researchers and […]

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Congratulations and celebrations!

There are a lot of celebrations just now. The University’s 540th birthday is being celebrated with a two-day party, which also marks the re-opening of the University Main Building after extensive renovation. At the festivities on Friday afternoon, Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson symbolically received the keys to the building from Birgitta Böhlin of the National Property […]

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Positive feedback on our efforts to promote sustainable development

(Original Swedish post published 3 October.) Today we heard from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (link in Swedish) that Uppsala University has well-developed procedures for its work on sustainable development in education. This is the first thematic evaluation in the quality assurance system for the period 2017–2022. The Authority’s report reveals that only 12 of […]

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Management Council visits Durham University

(Original Swedish post published 2 October.) The Management Council has spent a very busy day visiting Durham University and now we’re on our way home to Uppsala.  Durham and Uppsala already cooperate in several areas and forums, and we are both members of the Matariki and Coimbra university networks.  Staff can travel to Durham as […]

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From risk analysis to Durham via Tartu

(Original Swedish post published 30 September.) I’m penning these lines in Tartu, where I’ve been a member of the council of the university since the spring, which means being in Estonia a couple of times each semester. Apart from the council meeting, we had a joint meeting with the senate. Under the university’s rules of […]

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Boost for Gotland in budget bill

(Original Swedish post published 23 September.)  Last week the government presented its budget bill for 2018. As usual, government ministers were deployed across the country to present the bill locally. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist was on Gotland to talk about defence investments but also about a commitment to research at Campus Gotland worth SEK […]

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KAW centenary, Principals’ Council and Management Council

(Original Swedish post published 19 September.) Right now I am on my way to Uppsala from a meeting of the Principals’ Council in Stockholm. Trips to Stockholm are frequent and I am among those who can’t wait for the future four-track rail link. The meeting today was about national research infrastructure and its future funding […]

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First University Board meeting of the autumn

Today the University Board convened in the Segerstedt Building for its first meeting of the autumn. When we next meet, we will be able to return to our meeting room in the renovated University Main Building. But it was pleasing to be able to show the Board our fine new Segerstedt Building. As usual, I […]

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