Vice-Chancellor’s Reflections

On this page I will with some regularity share thoughts and reflections regarding situations and matters that I come across in my role as Vice-Chancellor. It can be high and low, internal or external. I have no intention to give a complete description nor a representative picture of what the management is working with. Just my personal reflections.

On the status of education

Publicerad: 2019-10-28

At the most reputable American universities, education and teaching have high status. It is prestigious to meet the students the first year, and it is often the most prominent researchers who get that chance. The professors have great freedom in their research, but when it comes to the teaching assignment, they have less of a […]

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Academic Ceremony and more in May

Publicerad: 2019-05-20

Wow, what a party it was last Friday when BTH held its academic festivity, and I was formally installed as Vice-Chancellor. I feel overwhelmed by all the nice words and congratulations, and of course by all our new professors and doctors; not the least our new honorary doctor Mikael Blomqvist. You make sure that BTH […]

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On collaboration and the mission of Higher Education Institutions

Publicerad: 2019-02-27

In BTH’s strategic plan, our overall assignment is stated as follows: “BTH’s mission is to contribute to sustainable development of the society through higher education, research and innovation. The university stands for quality and collaboration.” I think it is a good wording that clarifies what is expected of a university today, and in particular a […]

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Dialogue Seminar for Research Funders and Higher Education Institutions

Publicerad: 2019-01-21

I would like to start by welcoming everyone warmly to a new semester, my second at BTH. Now we are moving towards brighter times (you may interpret that in the way you want)! I am just coming from the annual dialogue seminar between HEIs and research financiers, arranged by SUHF. It is an excellent initiative […]

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An intensive first week of December

Publicerad: 2018-12-10

The first Monday in December, I was at the conference ”Aligning Strategies to Enable Open Access” in Berlin. It is an annually occurring conference, although I participated for the first time. I had been invited for my presence in the Royal Library’s working group on Open Access. There were many interesting presentations that confirmed that […]

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Investigation of Governmental Steering and Resource Distribution of Universities (STRUT)

Publicerad: 2018-11-20

Since April 2017, Pam Fredman, former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg, has lead the investigation ”Steering for strong and responsible universities”, called ”Struten”. The task was recently prolonged, and the new final date is February 1, 2019. The investigation can be followed on its webpage (in Swedish). The purpose of the investigation is to take a […]

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Gender Science and Misinformation

Publicerad: 2018-11-01

I was recently directed to a column in Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT), October 26, which argues that the research in Gender Science should be discontinued. The column was caused by an email from 26 Gender Science researchers to the Vice-Chancellors at Sweden’s universities, including the undersigned, where they expressed concerns for the future of their […]

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On Open Access

Publicerad: 2018-10-24

The time is running out for those scientific publishers that drain our researchers (in the end the tax payers!) from resources. At least judging from the “Plan S” that stipulates an accelerated transition to publications only in “compliant open access journals” from January 1, 2020. The nordic universities (NUS) have adopted this plan. As you […]

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Publicerad: 2018-10-01

So, a month has passed since I started as the Vice-Chancellor for BTH. I have of course many impressions and a lot to talk about. But I choose to focus on one thing that has stuck on my head right now. It is grounded in the employer’s survey that was performed in May this year. […]

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Publicerad: 2018-09-18

So, my first week at BTH is over. It has been characterized by many new meetings and impressions, and quite a few interviews and photo sessions. It has been a lot of fun to meet all new students and my new coworkers. I am thankful to all I have met so far for the positive […]

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