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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 […]

Recommended: Ioannidis lecture on new intranet page on research ethics

Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor Stefan Eriksson recommends: For some time now, Uppsala University has been making increased efforts to promote good practice in research. As part of this drive, Professor John Ioannidis from Stanford University was invited this autumn to give a lecture on the subject Prolific science, prolific authors, prolific data and statistics: How […]

U4 celebrates its 10th anniversary

On Thursday to Friday last week, 22–23 November, the U4 network held its annual rectors’ conference in Göttingen. The network is ten years old this year and has an impressive number of strong, well-functioning cooperation projects under its belt. Joint publications, funding applications, peer review, joint doctoral degrees and Master’s programmes, to name a few. […]

Mid-November

University Board meeting Every autumn semester, the University Board gathers for an overnight conference. The idea is to give ourselves a chance to discuss some issues in greater depth than we have time for at the ordinary meetings. We kicked off our discussions on Wednesday afternoon with a look at international ranking lists and our […]

Teacher contact hours

The local newspaper in Uppsala, UNT, writes today about contact hours for students in light of a new report from the Swedish Higher Education Authority on teacher-directed learning in higher education. The report is welcome and the students’ involvement is pleasing. Having said that, it is important to underline that contact hours are not an […]

Coordination necessary for better internationalisation

Right now, Agneta Bladh is on stage in the Humanities Theatre here in Uppsala. She is presenting the report of the Internationalisation Inquiry, “Making Sweden more attractive as a knowledge nation”, and the measures proposed in it. This is the first presentation of the final report of this government inquiry and we are pleased it […]

A week in Japan – MIRAI

(Swedish post published 11 October.) During the past week, I (Eva) have been in Japan for the STINT Leadership Summit (Kyoto), the STS Forum (Kyoto), a visit to the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and the MIRAI Seminar (Tokyo). This year is the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sweden. We have […]

Future in focus

(Original Swedish post published 5 October.) On Tuesday we broke the ground for the new Ångström expansion. This will add a further 30,000 square metres to our lively laboratory, bringing the total area to 100,000 square metres. The Department of Information Technology will move in and there will be space for an auditorium, a library, […]

Guild Vice-Presidents meeting

(Original Swedish post published 25 September.) Last week Uppsala hosted deputy vice-chancellors and vice-rectors from the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities for a Vice-Presidents meeting. These meetings are held a couple of times each year and prepare ‘policy papers’ and similar documents for adoption when the heads of the member universities meet at the network’s […]

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