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November 2015 – Paving the way for research collaborations in Asia

The Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum (SACF) has now taken two steps further in the series of jointly organised seminars. I have had the pleasure of leading two Lund University delegations to two separate seminars, one in Singapore 2-5 November and one in Shanghai, China, 16-19 November. All in all, thirteen researchers from seven faculties at Lund University took part in … Continue reading

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Africa and Paris: “If you want to walk fast, walk alone; but if you want to walk far, walk together”

This week started in a very positive way but ended tragically. Our Africa day on 10 November meant the start of a deepening and concretization of the work that Lund University’s Africa Group has been planning since they were established. Bringing together researchers and students from different parts of the University in order to discuss cross boundary collaboration was one … Continue reading

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Our warmest thoughts go to the victims and their families in Paris!

Today we woke up with terrible news from Paris about the brutal terrorist attacks on innocent people, persons who wanted to spend a nice Friday evening. Our deepest condolences and thoughts to all those who were killed or injured and to their families and friends. Our thoughts go to the French people, to all colleagues in France at the French Universities, … Continue reading

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South Africa, a state evolving to meet the future

Just over a week ago I had the privilege to participate in a seminar at the University of Johannesburg that coincided with a meeting of U21’s manager’s group. The seminar focused on how higher education in Southern Africa needs to evolve to meet the needs and challenges the continent is facing. The seminar gave us insight into how African Universities … Continue reading

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Diversities in a globalized world

I have just left South Africa, heading home to Sweden. Travelling enables you to reflect on the diversities that we encounter in this “globalized” world. Last week I attended the Science and Technology Forum in Kyoto, Japan. The meeting was an interesting mixture of people from all continents, ranging from ministers of different governments including our own Minister Helene Hellmark … Continue reading

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Japan I

Dear all new students. I hope that you have had a good first month in Lund. I am certain that many things seem overwhelming, but be patient; it will all fall into place. I am very happy that you all have chosen Lund University. Personally, I look forward to an exciting month, which includes a couple of important visits starting … Continue reading

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An academic help for migrants coming to our country – we must act!

All of a sudden, Sweden and other countries in Europe and elsewhere seem to wake up and realize that families, single children, men and women coming from the MENA-region, especially Syria, are risking their lives, many have died, on their trip to a safer and better situation outside their home countries. The three year old child Alan and his little … Continue reading

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Can you describe your research in 3 minutes? Sign up for the 2015 Universitas 21 3MT Competition!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, challenges doctoral candidates to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Lund University, as part of Universitas 21, is participating in the 2015 3MT® Competition! I believe this is an excellent opportunity to practice presenting in a fun environment, share … Continue reading

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U21 annual awards: call for nominations!

Nominations have now opened for the 2016 Gilbert Medal and U21 Awards for Internationalisation and I would very much like faculty, staff and the student body within the U21 network to nominate candidates. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight and recognise outstanding achievements within internationalisation. The Gilbert Medal is awarded annually to recognise outstanding and significant achievement in the … Continue reading

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Arrival Day is here! Welcome dear students!

Today, Tuesday 18 August, more than 2000 international students from all over the world arrive at Lund. We are very happy to welcome all to Sweden’s most international University! The weather is nice, sunny but very windy. We care very much for our students. At Copenhagen Airport the students are met by international tutors who help them out with travel … Continue reading

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