This week, TS pro dean Bengt J Nilsson summarises the programme dialogues held October through November. The programme dialogues are an integral part of the quality framework for education on bachelor and master level, and form an important input to the quality dialogues held at both faculty and department levels during spring. Do listen through this video to get a sense of all the important issues that have been covered during the many programme dialogues these recent months.
Also, the date for the TS graduation ceremony, the end of year celebration, is set to 28th May. Save the date already, and more information will follow soon.
This week, the TS Faculty Board convened and among the decisions taken were the approval of the operational plans for the departments for 2020-2022. Also, preparations for the new governance model starting 1 January 2020 were done, such as appointing members to the Education Board (UN) and Research and Research Education Board (FFN). These boards will operate on the mandate of the Faculty Board from 1 January 2020.
UN will deal with aspects of education and education quality and in particular courses, course plans and education plans. Pro dean Bengt J. Nilsson will chair the board, and the teacher representatives will be Yujing Li and Ulf Hejman representing MTM, and Gion Koch Svedberg and Sara Leckner representing DVMT. The heads of MTM and DVMT will also appoint one person each with management responsibilities for education. Further, Bengt will represent TS in the MAU council for education.
With regard to FFN, the board will deal with aspects of research and research education and quality related issues, in particular research education courses and their course plans. Dean Andreas Jacobsson will chair the board, and the teacher representatives will be Alexei Iantchenko and Martin Fisk representing MTM, and Paul Davidsson and Martin Berg representing DVMT. The heads of MTM and DVMT will also appoint one person each with management responsibilities for research. Further, the vice chair of FFN will represent TS in the MAU council for research and research education.
The Dean has signed an exchange agreement with University Politecnico di Milano and also a major research application by Paul Davidsson and Reza Malekian at DVMT.
This week, TS had a visit by the panel of the ERA19 (external research assessment) and many researchers were interviewed. Thanks to all who contributed and special thanks to Paul Davidsson for the TS coordination, to Romina Spalazzese for DVMT coordination and to Per Jönsson for MTM coordination. When the final assessment is given in February, we will continue to talk about our research strategy.
Annabella Loconsole has been appointed chair of the TS international council and to represent TS in the MAU Council for global engagement. Among other things, she will lead the discussions on the TS strategy for internationalisation.
The new head of department at MTM will be Katja Fridh, currently senior lecturer and docent in construction engineering at LTH. She will start at MTM on 1st March 2020. Big thanks to the recruitment committee.
This week, Malmö university Vice chancellor Kerstin Tham and TS Dean Andreas Jacobsson share some of the main points from the operational dialogue meeting held Thursday 21 November where TS presented its operational plans, budget, risk analysis and competence retention plans for 2020-2022.
In this weeks video update with the Dean, you get to briefly meet the new head of TS administration, Suzanne Jacobsson. Also, the Dean reminds you of the TS Teknikdagen next week where high school students will visit and be inspired by lectures by Kristina Allder, Henrik Hartman and Susanne Frennert, and more. Full programme here.
Two more upcoming events is the lunch seminar on 28th November with Miljöbron and the TS Christmas mingle and dinner on 5th December. For information on how to sign up, see calendar invitations in outlook.
Statistics of applications for the spring term is available and we see that Malmö university has a reduction in number of applicants, despite a slight increase in the country as a whole. We need to analyse why we are less attractive among students. Nevertherless, the TS course in C# Programming in Swedish is the one with most applicants, almost 900, and the English version of the same course is among the top three.
The chair of the committee for research education, professor Lars Plantin, has recently presented an overview of the PhD courses at the university. Doctor Åse Jevinger, director of research studies at TS, is the vice chair of a committee working on a university portal of the PhD courses offered.
This week, the Dean sums up the awards received by TS staff in connection with the Annual Academic Ceremony last week. Big congratulations to Anton Tibblin who won the Pedagogical Award, to Carl Magnus Olsson who won the Stefan Bengtsson Research Leader Award, and Samuele Sottile who won a PhD travel grant. Also, congratulations to Helena Holmström Olsson who was installed as a professor in computer science.
TS has entered into agreement with Miljöbron Skåne to help connect us and our students with companies in the regions to enable students to do project courses and degree thesis projects together. For more information, attend the seminar to be arranged by Niclas Andersson within short.
Thanks to Bo Peterson, DVMT, Anders Fyhn, ARM and two TS students for arranging the Ada Lovelace day, see a film from the event below.
As next week is höstlov, there will be no video update and also expect the university buildings to be slightly quieter than usual, although students will study as hard as always.
This week, the TS Faculty Board met and among other items, it decided on the general mandates and design of the new Board for Education and Board for Research and Research Education. At the next meeting in December, the specific mandate will be defined as well as who will be members of the boards.
Thanks to student representative Mladen, TS will have a strengthened student representation with six new TS students where some of them will be part of the two new boards.
Moreover, the Faculty Board discussed the admittance of new docents and operational plans for the two departments. This correlates with the program dialogues as well as department dialogues and faculty dialogues taking place in the coming weeks.
The vice chancellor has agreed to co-finance research equipment for advanced material science experiments, so called MBE which means molecular beam epitaxy. The equipment will be used at Forskaren, and will complement the instruments at MAX IV and ESS in Lund and thus strengthen collaboration and sustain access to those facilities. For more information on the MBE, talk to Lindsay Merte.
On Tuesday October 15 at the ground level in Niagara, Malmö University is launching Open Day Master’s Fair, a new initiative to showcase the University’s master’s programs. Come by between 11-15. More information: https://mau.se/kalender/open-day-masters-fair/
Maria Engberg invited VIP founder Ed Coyle from Georgia Institute of Technology and Stephen Marshall from University of Strathclyde, heading the first VIP-programme in Europe, to Malmö university for an inspiring seminar. MAU is launching its first VIP courses, see here https://edu.mah.se/en/Course/ME186A. What would you do if you had a VIP-team?
One of the overarching goals for Malmö University as expressed in Strategy 2022 is “Long-term, nationally and internationally outstanding research which, together with doctoral education, consitutes one third of the university’s activities” . Therefore, this week, TS contact person at the Research Service office, Johan Alling, presents what the Research Service offers in terms of support to researchers.
Research Service services include
General information about sponsors and announcements
Support and advice during the application process
Arrangement of seminars and courses
Information on research funding
Research Professional – help you find funding opportunities and news all over the world
This week, the Dean has taken part in the TS fika, mingling together with TS students, staff and some 40 companies. Thanks to Dorota Gorna, Daniel Harju, Karin Fäldt and Joakim Cao for organising the TS-fika.
The Dean has also met with both the University board as well as with the vice chancellor and head of finance to follow up on the TS spending and recruitment according to budget. The main message is that everything is going according to plan.
If you have any ideas with regard to how the faculty and the institutions can develop, let the Dean know.
Professor of applied mathematics at MTM, Alexei Iantchenko, has recently entered a worldwide collaboration on research into cutting edge solutions in geophysical imaging and computational seismology called GMIG. See the map of the GMIG partner universities below or follow the link here.
TS faculty board met earlier this week and informed themselves of issues concerning for example the suggested new policy about how to become a docent, statistics about admission and number of applicants, evaluation of the engineer degree in computer science and mobile it, and discussion about the delegation of authority, the roles and mandates.
In the coming weeks, the candidates for the position as Professor in Materials Science hold their trial lectures with a presentation of their academic background and envisaged development of research activities in the field of Materials Science at Malmö University. See the details below. You are all very welcome to attend!
Wednesday, 18 September at 09-10 OR:E439 – Stefano Agnoli (on Skype)
Thursday, 19 September at 09-10 NI:B0E15 – Isabella Gallino
Friday, 20 September at 09-10 NI:A0406 – Maths Karlsson
Friday, 20 September at 13.15-14.15 NI:A0606 – Samir Lounis
Tuesday, 24 September at 09-10 NI:B0E07 – Denis Music
Wednesday, 25 September at 09-10 NI:A0306 – Mikhail Zheludkevich
Malmö University Library has been nominated for the prestigious prize of Swedish Library of the Year. Use your chance to vote for Library of the Year here https://dik.se/aretsbibliotek/ And do visit and make use of the university library!
Cissi Ovesdotter Alm who recently arrived is welcome as a guest researcher at DVMT while on sabbathical from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). DVMT students Jonathan Kvist and Philip Ekholm participated in the 10 week research preparatory summer school at RIT and did some impressive projects. Contact Cissi at email@example.com for more info on her work and the summer school.
TS had an all staff competence development day on Monday, with topics such as student evaluation and course development as well as gender issues. Thanks to Bengt, Solveig-Karin and Åsa for arranging the day.
In the coming weeks the annual salary revision process will start. Also, TS is in the process of recruiting both a new Head of department at MTM and a Head of TS administration. Moreover, new members of teaching and research staff are being recruited as well.
This week, the Dean congratulates Steve for being promoted to senior lecturer in computer science. Also, congratulations to five new colleagues, and hopefully even a couple more, who will start after summer. Congratulations to Bato for receiving a grant from the Crafoord foundation and to Helena for receiving an extension for the Software Center research projects.
In a month, Malmö University will take part in the Pride parade. If you want to come along, meet at noon at Stortorget. To get a t-shirt to wear during the parade, sign up and pick your size here.
This week, the video update includes greetings from the three external members of the TS faculty board, Per Warfvinge, Elisabeth Brevenson and Maria Stellinger Ernblad. The board met earlier today and many of the items on their agenda are regarding the future, the future MAU campus, the future MAU educational offer, and the future of TS with work to formulate a TS-vision.
Yesterday, TS held the 2019 academic graduation ceremony for students who have completed bachelor and master degree programmes at TS. The graduation ceremony is one of the great opportunities to celebrate the students educated at TS. The Dean reports from the mingle at Orkanen just before the ceremony starts.
Also, the Dean reminds you of some important events that we are looking forward to next term, the TS competence development day on 19th August, the TS fika for students and staff 18th September, and the Teknikdagen where we invite pupils from nearby gymnasiums in November.