New vice-rectors appointed

4 June 2014

Jörgen Hermansson, Stellan Sandler and Johan Tysk have now been officially appointed new vice-rectors at Uppsala University, assuming office this summer.

The vice-rectors’ main task is to promote high quality in research and education within each respective disciplinary domain. They also represent their disciplinary domains within the University and externally, and must promote their disciplinary domain’s collaboration with society.

The new vice-rectors will assume office 1 July. Jörgen Hermansson, professor of political science, will be vice-rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. Stellan Sandler, professor of medical cell biology, will be vice-rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy and Johan Tysk, professor of mathematics, will be vice-rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology.

Is there any particular issue you see as extra important for you to pursue in your work as vice-rector?

Jörgen Hermansson: ‘My ambition as vice-rector is to make sure our university devotes itself to its two main tasks: to conduct research and education of the highest possible quality. Focus should be on our core activities and the guiding principle should be that both researchers and teachers will do as good a job as possible if they are given the right prerequisites and the trust to take responsibility for their activities.’

Stellan Sandler: ‘The overall goal is that we together within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy create the best possible prerequisites for research, education, cooperation and collaboration within the University and beyond. This goal includes employees, students, premises, work environments, etc. Over the coming years, infrastructure will likely be an important “new” issue for us due to increased responsibility for financing of infrastructure being placed on the universities.’

Johan Tysk: ‘I want to work for a stronger feeling of “us” at the faculty across subject and department borders. New connections that then arise can become the basis for cooperative research applications and other initiatives. An international calibration of both research and education towards prominent international universities is also an important part of our development work.’