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Management Council visits Aarhus

The Management Council has just visited Aarhus University in Jutland, Denmark. Our colleagues in Aarhus had prepared a busy programme for us. To begin with, Pro-Rector Berit Eika presented the university and current developments in research policy. In the mid-2000s, the 20 universities in Denmark were merged to create eight larger universities. The university has […]

Academic leadership and multidisciplinary cooperation – themes of the spring deans day

At the end of last week, we had a deans meeting in the Humanities Theatre. Once per semester, the deans, vice-deans, vice-rectors, deputy vice-rectors, advisers to the Vice-Chancellor, heads of administrative divisions, the University Director, the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor gather for discussions. Altogether, there are about fifty of us. In the spring semester […]

Meeting of the University Board

At Wednesday’s meeting of the University Board, the annual report was on the agenda and it was time to sum up 2018. As always, there is much to be proud of at our University! The number of applicants per place remained high in 2018, indeed, more qualified applicants applied to Uppsala University than to any […]

Inquiry on Governance and Resources has reported

(Original Swedish post published 1 February 2019.) Today (1 February) the Inquiry on Governance and Resources delivered its 468-page final report. Here are a few spontaneous reactions based on a quick perusal. Most of the arguments and proposals are in line with the inquiry’s communications along the way, in its framework proposals and presentations. This […]

Winter Conferment Ceremony in snowy Uppsala

(Original Swedish post published 25 January 2019.) Today we celebrate scholarship at this year’s Winter Conferment Ceremony at Uppsala University. We began early this morning with the traditional cannon salute from the Castle hill and the ringing of the Cathedral bell. As usual, gunners from Jämtlands fältartilleri are firing the cannon salute. The day’s events […]

Winter day in Visby

Once a year, the Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council spends a whole day at Campus Gotland. We assembled for departure brutally early on Monday morning, but were rewarded by the stunning sight of the blood moon, a celestial phenomenon that astronomers tell us will next recur 10 years from now. We devoted the morning session to a […]

New semester, new challenges, new approaches

(Original Swedish post published 17 January.) The holidays are over and now everything’s getting going again. For many students, this is the big exam week. Meanwhile, on Friday we will hold the traditional freshers reception to welcome new students before the semester starts formally on Monday. The world around us is full of uncertainty. Will […]

Christmas letter and year in review 2018

An eventful 2018 is coming to an end. Fires, climate crisis, Brexit and elections to the Riksdag have dominated the news. Uppsala University has engaged in discussions in various ways and has contributed perspectives and facts. Our task in the University management is to create conditions that enable the University we are all part of […]

Nobel Week and last University Board meeting of the semester

(Original Swedish post published 14 December.) This week we have celebrated science. During Nobel Week, the eyes of the world are on Sweden. And of course, the prize ceremony and banquet are fantastic. But above all, it gives us a chance to focus on the contributions of science and research to our world. In general, […]

Management Council in London

Once a year, the Management Council goes on a trip. At the beginning of this week, we visited London. The UK is one of the countries Uppsala University cooperates most extensively with – and we want it to stay that way even after Brexit. Our programme started on Monday morning with a tour of King’s […]

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