New education minister promises change

Politics The new Minister for Education, Mats Persson of the Liberal Party, has announced that the new government will implement "major reforms" in higher education and research.

Ukrainian researchers on the run can continue their work in Sweden

International Since the outbreak of war in February, Ukrainian researchers have been forced to flee abroad in order to continue their work. Several higher education institutions in Sweden have welcomed them, in different ways and with different types of funding. How research – in Sweden, Ukraine and internationally – will be impacted by the war remains to be seen.

How the political parties want to govern higher education and research

Politics What investments do the political parties want to make in higher education and research? What do they wish to prioritise? Ahead of the parliamentary election this autumn, Universitetsläraren has examined the policies of the eight parliamentary parties and interviewed each party’s higher education spokesperson.

Signed petition for peace – got fired

Profiles Turkish university lecturer and researcher Onur Can Taştan signed a peace petition against fighting in south-eastern Turkey. Then he lost his job. With the help of SULF, he has come to Uppsala University and is studying trade unions in Sweden and Turkey.

Kristina Axén Olin och Malmö universitet

Member of Parliament emailed Vice Chancellor: Is this course “meant to be taken seriously”?

Academic freedom Kristina Axén Olin, second vice chair of the Standing Committee on Education, asks in an email to the Vice Chancellor of Malmö University whether a course is “meant to be taken seriously” and about the university’s “thinking”.
Unacceptable, meddlesome and a reminder that academic freedom must be strengthened are among the reactions from the higher education sector.