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Uppsala University, Sweden

Month: October 2013

The University Board’s retreat

The autumn semester retreat for the University Board took place on Tuesday-Wednesday. On Tuesday afternoon the focus was on internationalisation matters. What stood out as the greatest challenges were recruiting more students from outside Europe (both by developing our international course and study programme offerings and creating room for more scholarship recipients), stimulating our own […]

Spotlight on cancer: An evening of seminars at Gustavianum


Unexpected move in the foundation issue

Before most higher-education institutions even had time to submit their comments on the proposal regarding higher-education foundations, minister of education Jan Björklund is making a move, saying that the ministry intends to investigate the matter more before making a decision.  This move was unexpected, and the timing is a surprise – not that there was […]

Meeting with department heads

At Monday’s meeting with heads of departments we devoted a major portion of the time to a discussion of the University’s stance on the foundation issue and autonomy and governance matters for the future. Our proposed response to the ministry’s request for comments has now been sent off to the members of the University Board […]

A day at work – meetings and conversations

A day at work can contain so many different meetings and conversations. Yesterday started with our meeting the new head of UUI, Pirkko Tamsen; it was her fourth day at her new job. Welcome – we truly hope you will enjoy working here. Then Eva rushed off to introduce Uppsala University’s Conference on Educational Development. […]

Visit to Helsinki

The Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council started the week with a 24-hour visit to Helsinki. At Helsinki University we were taken on a tour that included, among other things, the entirely new library before sitting down to a morning meeting with the management there, headed by the newly installed Vice-Chancellor, Jukka Kola, and the new Chancellor, Thomas […]

Panel discussion on Higher-Education Foundations on Monday

Welcome to the open hearing and panel discussion on higher-education foundations on Monday, 7 October at the University Hall, room IX, from 14.30 to 16.30. Participants will include, among others, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Peter Honeth. More information will follow on During the coming week, a PEACE project meeting […]