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Uppsala University, Sweden

Author: Eva Åkesson (page 1 of 4)

Fantastic lectures

(Original Swedish post published 19 March.) Last week I had the privilege of listening to two really fantastic lectures. The first was by Trita Parsi, 2016 Alumnus of the Year, who spoke on the subject: “The US and Iran in the Trump Era – Back to the Warpath?” The United States and Iran have a […]

Eventful Wednesday: Inquiry on admissions, University Day and deans meeting

(Original Swedish post published 15 March.) Today the inquiry chair appointed by the government, Jörgen Tholin, presented his report, “Admissions for new students – a more transparent and comprehensible system for admissions to higher education”. See the press conference here (in Swedish) and read the inquiry report here (in Swedish). The review is much needed. […]

Brexit – what will be the impact on research and higher education in the UK and Sweden?

(Original Swedish post.) Brexit will have consequences for research and higher education. How are British higher education institutions preparing for life outside the EU? What will the impact be on cooperation between higher education institutions in the UK and Sweden? This was the theme of a seminar yesterday, arranged by the Royal Swedish Academy of […]

New guidelines for hire of university premises on the way and guidelines on students’ working conditions approved

(Original Swedish post here.) Our guidelines on hiring university premises to outside parties are vague and need clarification. I am convinced many of us agree about this. I therefore raised the issue for discussion in the Management Council meeting yesterday, as I indicated I would last week, and Director of Building and Estate Services Peter […]

CEMFOR inauguration, Brexit and upcoming visits

(Original Swedish post published 5 March.) It’s Sunday and I have a moment to look back at the past week and ahead at the week to come. On Friday we inaugurated CEMFOR – the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism. Rarely does an initiative feel as relevant as this one. Six different faculties are behind […]

Visits from ambassadors and other news

(Original Swedish post published 1 March.) Time flies and last week I didn’t have time to blog. Two of the highlights were visits from ambassadors. On Tuesday we had a visit from the German Ambassador, Dr Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth. Germany is the country that sends most exchange programme students to Uppsala. During the last five years […]

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 […]

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