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Uppsala University, Sweden

New semester with renewed vigour

Welcome back after the holidays! I hope you’ve all had a good summer. The students have started to arrive in Uppsala and Visby. Many of our new students are in urgent need of somewhere to live. Even temporary housing for a week or two can be of great help in solving the problem and helping our […]

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EU days in Brussels

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Eva and Anders were in Brussels, along with vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors and/or research secretaries (or equivalents) from Sweden’s twelve research universities. The visit gave us a chance to listen to Swedish officials in Brussels (from the Permanent Representation of Sweden, the joint office of the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems and […]

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University Board meeting at SCAS

(Original Swedish post published 20 June.) Uppsala University has a new University Board, which took office on 1 May. Today we had our first meeting in the Thunberg Lecture Hall at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in the Botanical Garden, lovely in its early summer beauty. The new members were given a crash […]

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Lärosäten Öst – enhanced cooperation between six higher education institutions

(Original Swedish post.) Yesterday I signed an agreement on cooperation – Lärosäten Öst (Higher Education Institutions East). The participants are Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Örebro University, Dalarna University, the University of Gävle and Mälardalen University. When a regional reorganisation of Sweden was under discussion a year or two ago, we vice-chancellors […]

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Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council

(Original Swedish post published 10 June.) The weeks speed by and with the graduation ceremonies past, the semester is nearing its end. But there’s still plenty going on at the University and summer holidays will have to wait until after Almedalen Week in July. We have a busy programme at Campus Gotland that week. Do […]

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The Guild Forum and GA in Brussels

(Original Swedish post published 2 June.) The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, or the Guild, as we often call it, is a European university network that was established a year ago to give the university sector a stronger voice in Europe. At the end of the week, some of us from Uppsala University participated in […]

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Quality and Renewal 2017 – on to the next phase

For two intensive and (at first) terribly chilly weeks in May, the University played host to more than 130 colleagues from about 20 different countries when the Q&R panels came to make their site visits. Each of the 19 panels spent five days in Uppsala to experience our research environments and talk with their representatives. […]

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Excuse the mess, we’re remodelling: the Conferment Ceremony back in the Main Building

(Original Swedish post.) Uppsala is delightful at this time of year and today at last it was time for the Spring Conferment Ceremony. The conferment ceremony does not go unnoticed in this city. The celebrations began as early as 07:00, with a cannon salute from Uppsala Castle carried out by Jämtlands fältartilleri, as tradition dictates. […]

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A day’s work

(Original Swedish post published 16 May.) A day’s work as Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University can contain a lot of variation and today was a case in point. In a moment I’m off to V-dala for dinner with this week’s Q&R17 panelists. The second week is in full progress, with 9 more panels and 66 experts […]

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Management meeting in Lund

(Original Swedish post.) On Wednesday, the entire University management (apart from Torsten, who had other commitments) visited Skåne for a joint meeting with the management of Lund University. We shared experiences of managing agency capital, compensation for language programmes, storing of research data and financing of facilities. We compared our impressions of the terms of […]

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