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Uppsala University, Sweden

Month: January 2017

Splendid and dignified Winter Conferment Ceremony

(Original Swedish post published 28 January, English version posted 30 January.) Today was the day of the Winter Conferment Ceremony. This time, 61 new doctors and 16 honorary doctors received their hats and laurel wreaths. In addition, the University celebrated 14 prizewinners. In my speech I congratulated the new doctors and thanked the honorary doctors […]

New regional expansion of higher education institutions?

Hardly had I pressed the button to publish my comment that the minister hadn’t said much that was new in Steningevik when a Swedish Government Official Report (2017:1) entitled “For rural Sweden – a cohesive policy for work, sustainable growth and welfare”, arrived in my inbox. In Chapter 4, “Skills provision”, I read as follows […]

Steningevik – the annual meeting of vice-chancellors with the minister

(Original Swedish post published 25 January, English version published 26 January.) I’ve just come home and will try to sum up my impressions from the annual meeting of vice-chancellors with the Minister for Higher Education and Research in Steningevik. It has become a tradition for the Swedish Higher Education Authority and the Association of Swedish […]

Semester kick-off for Management Council

(Original Swedish post published 19 January, English version posted 20 January.) Every semester, the Management Council starts up with an overnight conference. The Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Director, vice-rectors, deputy vice-rectors, and some students and officials gather to discuss issues of general relevance. On this occasion, we spent 24 hours together at Krusenberg Herrgård. In […]

Quality Advisory Board conference

(Original Swedish post published 15 January 2017, English version posted 17 January.) The Quality Advisory Board held its annual overnight conference on 11–12 January. This is when the Board has the chance to dig deeper into certain issues, discuss its working procedures and plan its activities. In addition to some progress reports – the Quality […]

Welcome back!

(Original Swedish post published 10 January, English version posted 11 January.) Welcome back after the holidays – and Happy New Year! We will soon be welcoming new students, the traditional reception will take place this Friday. As in the autumn, many new students have a hard time finding a place to live, so we appeal […]