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Pär Weihed, Professor of Ore Geology, becomes new Pro Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology Photo: Johan Baggström View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Pär Weihed, new Pro Vice Chancellor

Published: 10 April 2018

Pär Weihed, Professor of Ore Geology, has been appointed Pro Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology, to lead Luleå University of Technology in collaboration with Vice Chancellor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn. The decision was taken at the University Board meeting on April 6th.

– I am very confident and happy with the new management team we are building for Luleå University of Technology and are convinced that it will be important for university development. Pär Weihed has a long and wide experience of academic leadership and strong international and national contacts within industry, academia and government. His CV shows that he can carry out major and strategic development projects, says Eva Nordmark, chairman of the university board at Luleå University of Technology.

New Pro Vice-Chancellorfrom 1 July

It is in the light of the fact that  Erik Höglund resignes as Pro Vice Chancellor, 30 June 2018 as the University Board made a decision on the new Pro Vice Chancellor, from 2018-07-01 until 2021-06-30.

– Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn and Pär Weihed will be a strong team in developing Luleå University of Technology towards a new vision and strategy for LTU Vision 2030. Both are effective and development-oriented and complement each other with different backgrounds and important academic experiences, says Eva Nordmark

Pär Weihed looks very much forward to coming back to Luleå University of Technology.

–I think it's great to get the board's and the Vice- Chancellor´s confidence to take on this assignment. It is also very important for me that the hearing groups have the same confidence, says Pär Weihed.

He was advocated with the motivation that he has a keen interest in development, rather than management, and to work closer to linking education and research, strengthening internationalization within education, expanding interdisciplinary cooperation within the university, and increasing university visibility at relevant ministries and financiers.

– I look forward to working with Birgitta Bervall-Kåreborn. I know she wants to continue developing Luleå University of Technology, a will that I also share. What characterizes Luleå University of Technology for all years is that we dare to be a new thinker, both in education and research. For a university college like Luleå University of Technology it is important to have both breadth and depth. We are an important part of regional development, while in several areas we are a leading research university. Both of these aspects need to be developed and strengthened and here I know that Birgitta has many ideas, says Pär Weihed.

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn is very pleased with the decision to appoint Pär Weihed as Pro Vice Chancellor.

– He has long experience in developing and leading successful academic environments and has a strong anchoring in the scientific community, both nationally and internationally. He also has a modern leadership that is characterized by openness, transparency, diversity and gender equality. We are both development-oriented and want to work for increased internationalization, new education initiatives, strategic partnerships and initiatives that identify and develop future research areas.


Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491327
Organisation: Information systems, University Management, Professional Support
Pär Weihed

Pär Weihed, Professor, Pro Vice-Chancellor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493987
Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering