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Advocating a capitalist welfare state

Economist and researcher Andreas Bergh is closely involved in public debate. Few things make him really angry. One of them is stupidity. Like when the city of Malmö fails to create simple entry-level jobs because of unreasonable demands on people who want to start mobile food trucks.
“That is how the sluggish Swedish labour market works. If we dared to shake up the regulations we would gain a lot more from immigration,” he says.

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New vice-chancellor to safeguard student influence

The students, wider society and the path to academic success were important points in Torbjörn von Schantz’s inauguration speech on the University’s foundation day, 28 January. After the usual pomp and ceremony, and with the vice-chancellor’s chain hanging splendidly round his neck, he expressed his thanks for the appointment, which he sees as a great honour.

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Meet Emil Eriksson…about students as consultants

… CEO of Lund University’s student consulting company Lunicore, which increased its turnover by 45 per cent last year. As a result, it is now probably the largest student-run consulting company in Scandinavia.

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MOOC launch celebrated with fizz and folk dance

Lund University’s MOOCs have now started. First to launch was the Faculty of Law course in European Business Law, closely followed by Greening the Economy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), and later in the spring the Faculty of Medicine’s course in sexual health will take place. The number of people registered for the courses has exceeded expectations and there is a lot of interest from developing countries in particular.

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Scattered risk students gather in Lund

A Dutch pilot, a safety manager from Australia, an average-adjuster from Denmark and twelve others who work with safety in high-risk industries came together a week before Christmas in Lund to hone their critical thinking skills. They are all studying the distance-learning MSc in Human Factors and System Safety, and it was now time to meet in real life.

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Strategic innovation area coordinated from Lund

Vinnova is investing SEK 500 million in collaboration on non-communicable diseases over the next ten years. A call for proposals for collaborative projects is currently open.
“Researchers who collaborate with either the business sector or the health service, or both, have a chance of obtaining a grant”, says Peter Nordström, who is coordinating the national initiative from Lund.

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“Obligation to participate in the education debate”

Professor of Spanish Inger Enkvist has written a large number of books about education and teaching. She sees it as her obligation to take part in the debate on education, but she also participates in the public debate in other areas. Most recently, she wrote in Språktidningen about the Catalonian independence movement. Last year she was awarded the Instituto Cervantes intercultural prize for her role as a bridge between Sweden and the Spanish-speaking world.

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Igniting debate on shorter working hours

His ambition is to awaken our longing for a life which doesn’t revolve around wage labour.
“If I had a citizen’s salary, I would do the same things I do now – read, write and have an occasional go with a scrubbing-brush, to make life more real. Others might play computer games, which would of course be perfectly OK”, says sociologist Roland Paulsen, who has become a bit of a standard-bearer for the anti-work movement.

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Per Eriksson: “You have to dare to take risks sometimes if you want to make things happen”

He is checking out at the same fighting weight as when he checked in, and does the same number of push-ups (40!) now as he did then. He has been through several tough rounds and had to fight to defend his convictions and his views on the University’s development. Per Eriksson summarises his time as vice-chancellor as “six years of incredibly great joy, development, pressure and intensity”.