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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 with Japan.


I am now in Japan to meet with some of our partner universities, i.e. Keio, Kyoto, Tokyo and Waseda universities. My visit at Waseda University coincided with Waseda’s annual Study Abroad Fair where Lund University’s marketing team is present. Waseda University has over the past years sent about 15-20 study abroad students annually to Lund University.

Yesterday, on 3 October the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering LTH, Viktor Öwall, and myself joined the Presidents’ Summit at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. Together with the University Chancellor, Professor Harriet Wallberg, Vice-Chancellors and Deputy Vice-Chancellors from leading universities in Sweden, we met with representatives from leading Japanese universities and research funding institutions. The purpose of the meeting was to present our internationalisation efforts and discuss possibilities for closer collaboration between our countries. Thank you so much, dear Ambassador, Mr. Magnus Robach, for hosting the meeting!

Today, 4 October the Swedish group is in Kyoto and has attended the first day of  the 12th annual Science and Technology in Society Forum where the Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson, met us and in plenary presented  her views on higher education in an international context.

See Swedish Government press release (in Swedish)

More to follow.



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