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Uppsala University, Sweden

Month: October 2017

Association of Swedish Higher Education annual conference: internationalisation

On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the Association of Swedish Higher Education held its annual conference and assembly at Stockholm University. Anders Malmberg and Katarina Bjelke represented Uppsala. Erika Dabhilkar and Kay Svensson (who co-authored this blog post) also took part in the conference. This year’s conference discussed the current inquiry on internationalisation from various […]

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Matariki meeting at Dartmouth

(Original Swedish post published 25 October.) I (Eva Åkesson) have just returned home from Dartmouth and a meeting of the Executive Board of the Matariki Network of Universities. Matariki – the word is the Maori name for the Seven Sisters star cluster (the Pleiades), chosen to reflect the seven founding members of the network – […]

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Sponsor a chair – the Humanities Theatre

(Original Swedish post) A few weeks ago, the Humanities Theatre was officially opened. This new facility at the English Park Campus is a modern amphitheatre, designed as a limitless arena for education and innovative thinking, based on open conversation. The inauguration really showed off the theatre’s potential. The sound system and acoustics are impressive. The […]

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Deans’ meeting on Q&R and STRUT

(Original Swedish post pubhlished 18 October.) On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Director, vice-rectors, deans, administrative heads and others gathered for the autumn semester deans’ meeting, this time at Lejondal Castle. The overnight format provides time for in-depth strategic discussions. The Vice-Chancellor began with a report on ongoing developments at the University […]

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Enhanced research cooperation between Sweden and South Africa

(Original Swedish post) Last week (2–3 October), representatives of seven Swedish and 22 South African universities met at the University of Pretoria in South Africa to plan the contents of the internationalisation project South Africa–Sweden University Forum. This forum is coordinated by Uppsala University and is a cooperation project that will bring together researchers and […]

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Congratulations and celebrations!

There are a lot of celebrations just now. The University’s 540th birthday is being celebrated with a two-day party, which also marks the re-opening of the University Main Building after extensive renovation. At the festivities on Friday afternoon, Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson symbolically received the keys to the building from Birgitta Böhlin of the National Property […]

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Positive feedback on our efforts to promote sustainable development

(Original Swedish post published 3 October.) Today we heard from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (link in Swedish) that Uppsala University has well-developed procedures for its work on sustainable development in education. This is the first thematic evaluation in the quality assurance system for the period 2017–2022. The Authority’s report reveals that only 12 of […]

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Management Council visits Durham University

(Original Swedish post published 2 October.) The Management Council has spent a very busy day visiting Durham University and now we’re on our way home to Uppsala.  Durham and Uppsala already cooperate in several areas and forums, and we are both members of the Matariki and Coimbra university networks.  Staff can travel to Durham as […]

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From risk analysis to Durham via Tartu

(Original Swedish post published 30 September.) I’m penning these lines in Tartu, where I’ve been a member of the council of the university since the spring, which means being in Estonia a couple of times each semester. Apart from the council meeting, we had a joint meeting with the senate. Under the university’s rules of […]

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