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News from the University Management 2 February

On the management’s agenda

Eva Wiberg proposed as new vice-chancellor in Gothenburg 

The board of the University of Gothenburg proposes that the Government appoint Eva Wiberg as vice-chancellor as of July this year, an appointment that she has accepted. This means that Eva will cease to be deputy vice-chancellor at LU and that the procedure to appoint her successor will begin immediately. Torbjörn von Schantz congratulates both Eva Wiberg and the University of Gothenburg. “Eva Wiberg has been enormously significant for the development of the University, not least within her special areas of internationalisation and education. She has also been a key person for me and my colleagues who arrived in 2015, with her valuable previous experience of Lund University management”, he writes in his blog.

“We are part of The Conversation!”

“Lund University will now be the first Scandinavian university to become a member of the British independent research news source, The Conversation! I would therefore like to take this opportunity to encourage all researchers at LU to try out this opportunity to present their research to the public through media that reach an audience of several million all over the world”, writes the vice-chancellor in his blog. In week 9, an editor will visit from England to explain how to pitch and write for The Conversation. Read more on The Conversation’s website and on Staff Pages

"Staying true to our core values"

"President Trump’s executive order severely restricting entry into the U.S. for people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is against the principles of an open society and stands against values that universities hold at their core and rely on to flourish. I would like to express Lund University’s deep concern, support and sympathy for those affected, particularly those fleeing from war and persecution. We all need to stand united in offering aid and shelter to refugees and displaced people – one of the grand challenges of our time.  It is particularly in such difficult circumstances that we must cherish and defend democracy and diversity in our societies. Such radical policies are a challenge not only to the values we hold, but will negatively affect business, the arts and higher education institutions as long as they are allowed to stand", writes Eva Wiberg in her blog.

Announcement of funding to reinforce external engagement 

“I am really delighted that the external engagement council (chaired by pro vice-chancellor Bo Ahrén) can now present a call for applications for common funding to reinforce our external engagement work. The initiative is about establishing new environments to solve central societal challenges and these environments are to be interdisciplinary, with collaboration beyond academia”, writes the vice-chancellor in his blog. In total, there is scope for up to six themes over three years, with the possibility of extension for two years. At most, funding can amount to SEK 500 000 per year. “I believe this model, in which the initiative for new interdisciplinary collaborations and issues comes from researchers themselves, has a great chance of generating sound and long-term research environments. There will be no directives from above as to what to research or collaborate on and in what way – as we have been used to seeing our organisation increasingly controlled”, writes Torbjörn von Schantz.  

LU receives more applications from international students than any other Swedish university

In her blog, Eva Wiberg welcomes all new students, not least all those from LU’s international partner universities who have chosen to study in Lund. In January, Lund University welcomed over 600 international students. “I am glad to report once again that Lund University is the most popular choice among international students applying for Master’s degree programmes in Sweden, with one third of all applicants”, writes Eva Wiberg. Read more in the deputy vice-chancellor’s blog 

Medicon Village agreement signed 

Torbjörn von Schantz, Göran Grosskopf, chair of the Mats Paulsson Foundation for Research, Innovation and Societal Development, and Henrik Fritzon of Region Skåne have signed a consortium agreement which clarifies and formalises the triple helix collaboration they initiated together when Medicon Village was established. “Although we have already collaborated for several years, it is important to have this strategic framework agreement in place. On the one hand, it shows clearly what three strong parties can achieve together to drive development forward. On the other hand, it establishes the significance of the triple helix, in which research, industry and healthcare must collaborate in order to meet our major societal challenges and to generate growth”, writes the vice-chancellor in his blog.

“The academic appointments boards are inspiring in their thinking on gender equality”

“At the moment, I am meeting with the chairs of all the academic appointments boards to discuss how we can work on recruitment, above all from a gender equality perspective”, writes Torbjörn von Schantz in his blog. He states that it is part of the gender equality project whose aim is for at least 40 per cent of the professors appointed up to 2020 to be women. The vice-chancellor writes that it is inspiring to hear how far the faculties have come in their thinking on gender equality. “There is great awareness, for example, of how male structures can benefit men and several ideas emerge as to how we can increase the number of applicants of the under-represented gender”, writes the vice-chancellor.

LU news

Skissernas museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art – has opened in a new guise 

After extensive renovation work, Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art opened its doors once more last weekend. The premises have been extended and besides the newly exhibited permanent exhibition, four new temporary exhibitions are currently shown in the reopened museum. The inauguration started with a formal ceremony attended by the King and Queen and continued with an open house event for the general public.

The King received the first jubilee medal 

​In connection with LU’s jubilee opening ceremony in the main University building, King Carl XVI Gustaf was presented with the University’s first official jubilee medal. In total, there are 35 copies of the medal, the remainder of which will be auctioned on 11 February. Furthermore, at the ceremony the University’s Administrative Prize was awarded to Monica Pardon, who is the administrative manager at the Department of Biology. The Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Johan Andersson, senior lecturer at the Department of Experimental Medical Science.

Higher education news

Longer residence permits make life easier for doctoral students

Until now, the Swedish Migration Agency only issued residence permits for doctoral students for one year at a time. But the practice is set to change so that international doctoral students can obtain a two-year residence permit renewable for another two years. The change in practice also applies to the doctoral student’s co-applicants, who will now get a residence permit for a year, when they apply for a new residence permit, reports the Universitetsläraren newletter.

Tricky bureaucracy for international students 

“Only 30 per cent of fee-paying students admitted to studies in Sweden actually start their studies. Tricky bureaucracy with registration fees, the obligation to pay a large part of the tuition fees in order to apply for a residence permit, and long waits for the residence permit contribute to many fee-paying students dropping out during the admission process”, writes the Swedish Higher Education Authority on its website, after it was entrusted by the Government with mapping tuition fees.

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