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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 […]

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 […]

2016 at Uppsala University – in retrospect

With Christmas and the New Year drawing near, it feels natural to look back over the past year. How well have we lived up to the University’s slogan – a tradition of renewal since 1477? Pretty well, we’d be inclined to say. We’re preserving and building. The University Main Building is undergoing a thorough renovation, […]

Festive week with overtones of Christmas

(Original Swedish post published 17 December, English version published 20 December.) We’re happy to say that six Nobel Prize winners accepted our invitation and honoured Uppsala University by giving the traditional lectures here on St Lucia’s Day (Tuesday). Full houses in the lecture halls in the morning, and festive spirits at lunch at the Castle. […]

Report from the University Board meeting

(Original Swedish post published 15 December, English version published 16 December.) On Tuesday the University Board convened at Scandic Hotel for its last meeting before the holidays. As usual, the meeting began with the Vice-Chancellor’s monthly report (pdf, in Swedish). The December report was mainly about the government’s research bill. The meeting also gave the […]

Better opportunities for internationalisation

(Original Swedish post published 9 December, English version posted 12 December.) On Thursday the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) had a breakfast meeting on internationalisation at which the IVA project Research Outlook presented a report on “Better opportunities for internationalisation of research and higher education”. (Swedish version here.) The project has analysed Sweden’s […]

Second Sunday in Advent

(Original Swedish version posted 4 December, English version posted 5 December.) The weeks before Christmas speed by, and we’ve already reached the second Sunday in Advent. On Monday the long-awaited Research Bill was presented. Having heard others’ reactions, it’s fair to say we’re not the only ones to give the bill a lukewarm reception. For […]

The Research Bill: right rhetoric but wrong practice

(Original Swedish post published 28 November, English version posted 29 November.) So there it is at last, the Research Bill. The title this time is “Collaborating for knowledge – for society’s challenges and strengthened competitiveness”. Where the money is concerned, most of the contents were familiar after the Budget Bill and various signals earlier in […]

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