Last week I visited the University of Nottingham with staff from the faculties of Law, Science, Engineering (LTH), Social Sciences and Humanities and Theology. Nottingham University also visited Lund in the autumn and came very well prepared. They knew which fields of research and education were of most interest to them and met representatives of the faculties mentioned, as well as the Faculty of Medicine.
Anne Messeter from External Relations, Dr Richard Masterman, who heads the work on internationalisation in Nottingham, and Katja Durkin, Anne’s counterpart in Nottingham
During the visit, Nottingham Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway and I signed a Memorandum of Understanding. David Greenaway is a frequent guest at Lund’s School of Economics and Management and he said how pleased he was that we were visiting his university. Nottingham is a member of the U21 network and is therefore an important partner for us. They now want to deepen and expand the collaboration we have.
Topics of discussion during the visit were research collaborations, student exchanges, joint Master’s and PhD programmes, conferences, etc. Nottingham also has campuses in Ningbo, China, and in Malaysia, where there are activities of interest to us.
Representatives of cancer research at the Faculty of Medicine will be visiting Nottingham later in February.
It is so rewarding to travel with representatives of different operations at our university. We will have to see what collaborations are reinforced or initiated in law, biology, chemistry, building technology and sustainable construction, food technology, political science, education, archaeology and medicine. I also had the opportunity to discuss research on bilingualism and second language learning, especially of English, with representatives of linguistics and psychology. Nottingham are very interested in our Humanities Laboratory, as we saw when they visited us in October.
The visit was reported in the Nottingham Post, as were our plans for collaboration.
In addition, the delegation visited the University of Birmingham. This visit took place on the way back to Lund. Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education Karen O’Brien welcomed us together with Professor Jeff Bale. We discussed basically the same questions as in Nottingham. My focus was on the teacher training programme and the possibility of exchanges for our students. This is particularly relevant as the University of Birmingham is starting a secondary school and sixth form on its campus.
On Friday, the management of Aarhus University visited us. We exchanged experiences and discussed possible further collaboration with Vice-Chancellor Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Pro Vice-Chancellor Søren Frandsen, University Director Jørgen Jørgensen and other members of Aarhus management. We can learn from how Aarhus University has been organised since 2010, including how it has organised its library operations, in comparison with our own organisation. University Librarian at LU Jette Guldborg-Petersen gave a presentation of our library operations and Kristina Josefson presented our Track-It project.
Lund University remains the most popular Swedish university for international students. It is great that so many international students want to study here.
The latest vice-chancellor’s assembly was attended exclusively by women – see picture. Next week we will no doubt see a better gender balance…!