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 www.uu.se.

During the coming week, a PEACE project meeting will be held here in Uppsala. PEACE stands for Project for European Latin American Cooperation and Exchange, and is an Erasmus Mundus project. Within the PEACE project, scholarships for study or research are offered, These scholarships are open to applicants from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay. During the meeting the discussions will evolve around experiences so far, the Bologna process in Latin America, and future activities.

Yesterday we thanked employees who have retired during the past year with a tribute dinner. The tribute dinner is a way for us to show our appreciation for all the work, all the dedication and care that the employees have devoted our university, in many cases for several decades. All have in various ways helped create the university we have today through contributions to research, education, administration, and professional service. Thank you!

Today the alumni lecture with Christina Jutterström was crowded. Christina Jutterström is former editor of the newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Expressen, and CEO of Sveriges Television. She talked about her life and leadership experiences in a captivating manner under the headline “About the desire to be a part of building our society”. She told us about how she pushed herself, and others, as a media leader for nearly 40 years.

At the end of the lecture, the Alumnus of the year 2013 was announced – Petra Einarsson, CEO of the business unit Sandvik Materials Technology at Sandvik. She received the award for demonstrating a strong commitment to issues related to diversity and inclusive leadership, and she is a good role model for current and future students.

Petra Einarsson

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