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New academic year gets going

Now the University is waking up again after the summer break. The new academic year will soon be under way in earnest and before long we will welcome students back to the University and say hello to our new students. The Management Council began its autumn semester’s work with discussions at a lunch-to-lunch overnight away […]

Gender equality in academia – how hard can it be?

Guest bloggers: Hillevi Englund and Sara Gredemark “If the Academy starts to elect women, at what rung on the scale of created beings will it end?” This was one of the arguments raised in 1889 against electing Sonya Kovalevsky to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In its report “The man of science is not […]

Focus on infrastructure

During Almedalen Week, guest bloggers will write for the Vice-Chancellor’s Blog. Guest blogger: Margaretha Andersson Today a debate was held on “How to bring world-leading Swedish research infrastructures into the future”. The seminar involved a large number of institutions – the universities of Lund, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Umeå, Uppsala and Linköping, Karolinska Institutet, the Swedish University […]

Uppsala University has had its say on governance and resources inquiry

Like other higher education institutions and authorities in the higher education sector, we have now submitted our consultation response to the final report of the Government Inquiry on Governance and Resources, “Long-term, coordinated and dialogue-based governance of higher education” (Swedish Government Official Reports, SOU 2019:6). Read the consultation response here (PDF, in Swedish). Throughout the […]

Summertime…

Midsummer will be here in a few days and holidays lie ahead. Much has happened since the semester kicked off with the freshers’ reception and winter conferment ceremony. It seems a long time since we celebrated our new doctoral graduates, honorary doctors and prizewinners to the sound of cannon salutes fired by Jämtlands fältartilleri in […]

Operational plan adopted at June meeting of University Board

It’s the time of year for end-of-term celebrations at school, graduation ceremonies and also the University Board’s last meeting of the semester. As usual, I started the meeting with the Vice-Chancellor’s report (PDF, in Swedish). At this meeting, we had a visit from the Swedish National Audit Office, which has audited the University’s annual report […]

A week of European networking – The Guild and Coimbra

(Swedish version published 8 June.) This week I have attended meetings of two European networks of which we are members: The Guild and Coimbra. First there was the General Assembly and Rectors’ Meeting of The Guild in Tübingen. We discussed the European Union’s next framework programme, Horizon Europe, with Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General of DG […]

Scholarship recipients meet donor

(Original Swedish post published 4 June.) By now, it has become a fond tradition to make an outing to Morgongåva and Starfors at the beginning of June to give the Chinese students who have received support from the Anders Wall Scholarship Foundation for Studies at Uppsala University an opportunity to meet the donor behind the […]

International advisers visit

Last week, we had a meeting of Uppsala University’s newly established International Advisory Board (IAB). This group consists of people with great experience of academia and university leadership who have agreed to come to Uppsala about once a year to give critical and constructive views on subjects and issues that we present. Those who participated […]

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of five million EU students

Between 2014 and 2018, more than two million students and staff in higher education undertook a learning, training or teaching period abroad as part of the Erasmus+ programme. An independent study has assessed the impact of the programme on the lives of individual students and staff members. The study analysed nearly 77,000 responses, including responses […]

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