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The universities of the future – impact of the pandemic

19 Oct. 2021, 10:30 - 17:00
Luleå, Kulturens hus
Published: 21 January 2021

Welcome to the SUHF conference 2021 with the theme "Future universities – the impact of the pandemic". The effects of the pandemic will affect the entire global society and thus also all higher education institutions and their activities, models and structures. The focus is on the effects of pandemics on education from different perspectives: digitalisation, innovation in learning and the role of universities and the importance of a campus.


Moderator: Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities, IAU, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg.

09.30 Registration. Coffee and sandwich. 

10.30 Introduction: Matilda Ernkrans, Minister of Higher Education and Research, opens the conference.
10.45 Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-chancellor of Luleå University of Technology greets welcome to Luleå and Luleå University of Technology.

10.55 Astrid Söderberg Widding, Vice-Chancellor and SUHF's chair, greets welcome to the conference.

11.00 Keynote speaker digitally: Dr Ruth Graham.
 The pandemic has been a catalyst for change to a higher education system already in flux.  The talk will explore the impact of COVID-19 through the lens of two major developments in global higher education. The first is the emergence of a new generation of education programs that follow a non-traditional human-centred, interdisciplinary and experiential approach. The second is the sweeping reforms underway to academic promotion systems in universities across the world to better recognise and reward faculty excellence in teaching and learning.

12.00 Coffee

12.15 Innovative education:Suzanne Brink, Umeå universitet/Leiden University. How does one create an innovative undergraduate programme that is flexible, choice-based, dynamic, authentic, multidisciplinary, geared towards wicked sustainability challenges, and with integrated, student-owned assessments? The Principles of Curriculum Agility provide insights regarding the case of Industrial Design Engineering at The Hague University.

Marcus Liwicki, professor in Macine Learningoch Anna Ståhlbröst, professor i Information Systems, both at Luleå University of Technology. 
Problem-solving is one of the key skills for the 21st-century job market. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teaching relies on the left half of the brain and thus is logic-driven. Artistic activities, which use the right side of the brain fosters creative problem-solving. STEM education is necessary but it is not sufficient: iMuSciCA is a pioneering approach using music for fostering creativity and deeper learning. 
Furthermore, we will talk about the successful realization of a modularized distance-education for NLP (chatbots) applicable for education in industry and university

13.00 Lunch

14.00 The university's role campus' significance in a digitalised world, Lars Strannegård, Stockholm School of Economics.

15.00 Coffee and cake

15.30 Panel debate with the aim of landing in something concrete. What development do we want? Traditional teaching versus today's rapid change. Rapid conversions are the lesson of the pandemic. It's about learning, housing, companies' skills needs. What will be the role of higher education institutions in the rapid transition?


Lars Strannegård, Vice-Chancellor, Stockholm School of Economics
Suzanne Brink, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Umeå University/Leiden University
Linn Svärd, Sweden's United Student Unions
Grete Solvang Stoltz, HR and Sustainability Director, LKAB

16.30 Seeing the possibilities – shaping the future.
Roland Larsson,
professor, Luleå University of Technology. 
Creaternity - sustainable material use in a connected and circular economy. Creaternity is a future area that brings together hundreds of researchers from two faculties and about 25 research topics in the common question of how circular economy can be achieved. Circular economy means a comprehensive conversion of materials and energy flows. Virgin material added to the bike should use as long as possible. Circular economics helps a much more complex collaboration between all actors who fit with linear economics. All actors in an industrial activity must work together. To manage complexity, digitization supports the tracking of materials and / or entire components throughout the cycle of use. The products / systems must also be connected so that they can communicate their condition and service needs. Creaternity's area of ​​activity can therefore be described as sustainable material use in a connected and circular economist.
Maria Pettersson, professor, Luleå University of Technology. The UN's global sustainability goals constitute an ambitious agenda for sustainable development; they demand a radical social transformation where the focus is on economic, ecological and social sustainability. Within SUN, we want to show that Sweden's, and the county's, resources on natural resources in the form of ore, forests and water are of central importance for realizing such a societal transformation. With research within SUN, we want to give Sweden the opportunity to develop new technology that strengthens Swedish industry, reduces environmental impact and manages the social effects that follow. Identifying and being able to resolve goal conflicts is a major and important issue in the basic industry's climate change.

17.00 Finish: Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology and Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderberg Widding, SUHF's chair

18.00 Pre-drink (the time for the pre-drink is extended so that you can arrive as soon as possible and have time to check in at the hotel)
19.00 Conference dinner. 

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-chancellor of Luleå University of Technology greets welcome to the dinner.

10.55 Astrid Söderberg Widding, Vice-Chancellor and SUHF's chair, concludes the conference and says thank you, at the coffee.

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Wednesday 20 October, Förbundsförsamling Members' meeting at Luleå University of Technology, Regnbågsallén, B-huset, entrance B10, auditorium B192, Luleå.
See separate program from SUHF to the members of the Federal Assembly.