(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 from certain countries from travelling to the country, the consequences are other than those intended. International exchanges and opportunities for cooperation are, like academic freedom, immovable cornerstones of higher education and research. Freedom of movement and opportunities for cooperation are being limited and reserved for certain people, while others are excluded and diminished. For us in this University it is unthinkable to accept this kind of generalised discrimination. We are convinced that the United States will withdraw these new rules. Pending their withdrawal, we register our protest.