I can still hear the music that was playing outside as the University Building filled up with new students last Monday and Wednesday, as part of the welcoming process for international students. Yesterday, the new students at Campus Gotland received the same warm welcome. This is one of my most enjoyable tasks as Vice-Chancellor – meeting the first year students and getting to welcome them all to their first term. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that the city comes alive at the crack of a new term.


On 28 August, we received a delegation from Korea, which included visits to the BMC and the Ångström Laboratory. Some of the delegates had participated in the seminar held in Korea this spring – the Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum (SACF). It’s good to see our international relations bearing fruit and our collaborations being deepened. The SACF is set to continue this autumn, with seminars being arranged in Shanghai and Singapore.


Eva also found the time to meet with the employees of the libraries during their conference day this Thursday, informing them of current events at the University. Our library is an integral part of our University, and the work there is more varied and multifaceted than is commonly thought. Libraries are changing, with e-media and digitalisation, and there is a constant process of adaptation that is both inspiring and challenging.

Now, it’s time to enjoy the last days of summer!

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