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"A great investment"

Published: 23 February 2022

The new year has really started at full speed. The Corona restrictions have ended and the University has several new and exciting initiatives underway.

I hope, for example, that no one has missed the big news that LKAB donates SEK 200 million to a recently formed foundation with the aim of promoting research and education related to sustainable mining, at Luleå University of Technology.
It is a great investment that is significant not only for the University and LKAB, but also regionally and nationally.

For Luleå University of Technology, the generous funds for the new foundation mean that we strengthen our position as Sweden's and Europe's leading mining university – and thus also our role as an important part in the green transition. To cope with the transition, groundbreaking research and technological development are needed in combination with innovative educations and innovative learning. The foundation enables us, together with LKAB, to strengthen our existing investments in the area at the same time as we identify new important research and competence development needs.

Major investments to be made

In 2022 and 2023, we will implement some major investments at university level to strengthen our education and research and at the same time reduce our government capital. To ensure that the investments strengthen the university in the long term, are anchored throughout the university, benefit everyone and can start as early as 2022, the departments and professional support have been encouraged to make proposals involvment with the employees. There is great agreement between the six proposal documents that have been received. Proposals for initiatives will be discussed at the Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Council at the beginning of March and then formally decided by me as Vice-Chancellor. I hope you feel involved in this process and I look forward to launching the selected projects.

The work of designating our third future area is coming to an end. Three applications have been received and reviewed by three external assessors: Pam Fredman (former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg), Mikael Jonsson (professor at Uppsala University and former Pro Vice-Chancellor at LTU) and Pär Lärkeryd, (CEO of Norra Skogsägarna and honorary doctor at our university). Now it only remains for our internal assessment group to meet and agree on a winning candidate.

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor

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