Rome and Lund in September

 

The Pope

A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference in Italy where I was one of the speakers at the XIII International Symposium entitled “Knowledge and Mercy. The Third Mission of the University” – a symposium that is part of the World Conference of University Rectors held at the  Università Tor Vergata in Rome during 7-11 September, followed by an international master course  course on peace, sustainability, migration and ecology. The conference’s main objective was to address a range of issues that are particularly relevant in the current geo-political environment: those of ethics, dialogue and integration. Rectors coming from all continents were present. The conference ended with a special visit to the President of the Italian Republic in the Quirinale palace, and an Audience with Pope Francis at Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City. And on 31 October Pope Francis will be visiting Lund. The historic visit takes place due to the joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation. Pope Francis will take part in an Ecumenical Commemoration in the Cathedral of Lund with specially invited guests. This will be broadcasted on Swedish public television. More information about the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration can be found on: http://www.lund2016.net

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On 27 September, the US Ambassador to Sweden – Azita Raji – visited Lund University. It was an honour to receive Ambassador Raji and this was the Ambassador’s first visit to Lund University since her confirmation in February this year. I think that it is very valuable to meet with foreign missions on a regular basis. We discussed how joint research projects could be facilitated, and in particular after the recent signing of a bilateral research cooperation between Sweden and the US on cancer research.

We also had good discussions about recruitment of students to Sweden and to the US, Visas and internships in the US and in Lund and Sweden in general.

In 2012, the US embassy’s mobile representation visited Lund University. The US embassy’s visit was part of a “Roadshow”, in which the embassy visited various locations around Sweden and temporarily set up its mobile embassy. When President Obama acceded to the presidency in 2009, he wanted the Department of State’s missions abroad to go beyond the capital and travel around their host country in an effort to promote dialogue and openness. This led to the idea of a Roadshow in which several of the embassy’s divisions and services would participate. The purpose of the Roadshow was to make it easier for people to come into contact with the embassy to ask questions, and to enable an exchange of experiences between Swedish and American persons.

Eva Wiberg

 

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