Research Intelligence activities directed at Swedish higher education institutions by foreign powers are still on the rise. Russia, China and Iran pose the greatest threats, writes Säpo, the Swedish Security Service, in its 2022/2023 Security Service Yearbook.
Doctoral candidate denied a residence permit following Migration Agency’s long processing time
Doctoral students A doctoral candidate with a two-year employment contract was denied a permanent residence permit, even though the financial support requirement is for 18 months. As the Migration Agency took more than 6 months to process the application, the applicant was a few weeks short of the financial support requirement when the decision was finally made.
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.
UK university workers strike due to cost of living crisis
International The University and College Union, UCU, has set off a series of strikes at universities across the UK, starting with its northwest affiliates.
Analysis shows flaw in legal process
Doctoral students It is unusual, but serious for the individual concerned when a doctoral appointment is not extended even though the supervision resources have not been withdrawn, says the Swedish Higher Education Authority.
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.
From civil war to life as a doctoral candidate
Profiles Mohamed Al-Sabri left his everyday life of civil war for a research scholarship in Sweden. Four years later, he is a doctoral candidate at Uppsala University and feels secure, even though the journey towards his dream of a new life is far from over.
Swedish higher education institutions cease collaborations with Russia and Belarus
International Swedish universities are ending their collaborations with Russia and Belarus. “We regard it as incredibly important to show that we do not want any cooperation with Russian state universities,” says Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-chancellor of Stockholm University.
New proposal regarding residence permits
Research The Government proposes that foreign citizens with a residence permit for work be able to apply for a residence permit for doctoral studies without leaving the country.
Foreign doctoral candidates fall victim to political logic
Columnists Despite a stated goal of Swedish politicians to attract and retain highly qualified labour, they are now doing exactly the opposite. In July 2014, an amendment was made to the Aliens Act to make it possible for foreign doctoral candidates who have had a residence permit for four years to apply for and obtain a […]