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Uppsala University, Sweden

Month: February 2017

The week in review: Q&R17, Rudbeck Lab and University Board

(Original Swedish post published 18 February.) The Q&R17 project is now entering its most intensive phase. The departments are hard at work on their self-evaluations and on Tuesday we had a visit from the people who will be chairing the panels and panel members chosen for their research on or other expertise in research environments. […]

Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum

We’ve written about the Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum (SACF) several times before in this blog. This is a collaboration project that has received valuable support from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT). Six Swedish higher education institutions have jointly organised seminars, workshops and meetings in six countries on three […]

Ongoing debate on collaboration

Yesterday the web-based research magazine Curie carried an article entitled “How can you put a number on collaboration?” (in Swedish) in which Pam Fredman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, and I express our doubts about the proposal to base resource distribution on collaboration. This excerpt from the article encapsulates my concern: “The pilot project […]

Management Council meeting at Campus Gotland

(Swedish version posted 7 February.) This week began early on a grey and chilly Monday morning on Gotland. Each year the Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council has an all-day meeting at Uppsala University – Campus Gotland. As usual, Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor Olle Jansson and Deputy University Director Therese Iveby Gardell gave us a warm welcome. It […]

Debate: Proposals smack of further state control

(Swedish version posted 6 February.) Today I write about the report of the Inquiry on Rural Sweden on the site Altinget.se, under the heading “Proposals smack of further state control”. I have written before in this blog about the inquiry’s report, “For rural Sweden – a cohesive policy for work, sustainable growth and welfare” (Swedish […]

Last week’s events – a few samples

(Original Swedish post published 4 February.) On the way to Örebro University’s academic celebration, I’m sitting on the train trying to sum up the past week, looking back on all the meetings and inspiring conversations that have taken place over the last few days. Department visits are a treat for us and I would like […]

Knowledge knows no borders

(Original Swedish post published 1 February, English version posted 2 February.) I often say in my speeches that knowledge knows no borders. Clichéd though this phrase may be, it is a truth that bears repeating. Now it seems as if insularity may also be boundless. When the new administration in the United States prevents citizens […]