Before summer, the University Board started the process of finding a Vice-Chancellor
for the next term of office. The position is advertised, and the nomination
process is ongoing. An interesting task to observe from the sideline as current
Vice-Chancellor. My term of office ends on 30 June 2023, and I have settled on
not running for another three years.
The University of Gothenburg is a fantastic university with both breadth
and depth. Our university has outstanding education and research in all scientific
fields, high appeal, and strong competitiveness. In short, we have a huge range
of courses and programmes offered, excellent research, and a strong focus on
complete environments. We systematically work with quality assurance within
both education and research.
We are a university in the centre of the city that even profiles itself
as the Knowledge City of Gothenburg. Locally and regionally, there is great
will, structure and well-functioning collaboration and cooperation arenas. With
the European university alliance EUTOPIA and several other international networks,
we have tied the world closer to us. We have good relationships with the
student organisations who, through their student representatives, ensure that
we become even better and develop the quality. The University of Gothenburg is
a university for the world, with a clear focus on internationalisation and
sustainability. In the last few years, we have taken great strides in this
work, not least within the Climate Framework and measures in line with this and
strengthened international contact areas.
But there is still much to do. I have no intention whatsoever to slow down
but intend to keep working, and in some cases finish, as much as possible of
what we have started to make the transition to a new Vice-Chancellor as smooth
as possible. Almost a full year remains of my term of office and the most
important thing to me is to hand over a university in good condition. Something
that is improved and renewed!
I sincerely believe and hope that many suitable candidates will apply
for this position. It is truly
a privilege to be entrusted with leading the University of Gothenburg. It
requires wholehearted commitment, good endurance, and persistence. And most
importantly – it requires good dialogue with, and support from, professional
and solution-focused colleagues. Which you will also find here in the form of
roughly 6,500 highly competent employees.
I wish you a warm welcome here. Eventually.