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Freedom worth its salt must be allowed to cost money

The national elections are just around the corner, and every day there are all kinds of political antics around different important issues. This needs looking at, that needs investing it. But so far I haven’t heard anyone mention universities, the academic world. So here’s my wish list in case anyone needs it. It should be … Continue reading “Freedom worth its salt must be allowed to cost money”

The responsibility of academia, and each of us

What strikes me when the terrible images of the war in Ukraine wash over us is the suffering, the injustice and David’s tireless struggle against Goliath. But it is also the closeness, ordinariness and simultaneity. And the two faces of technology. It is technology that allows us to receive news reporting in real time and it … Continue reading “The responsibility of academia, and each of us”

Profile areas once again

Repeating certain things in a louder voice rarely makes them better or more palatable. This struck me when I think about the obstinate insistence on profile areas as crucial to how money is allocated to universities and university colleges. The 2019 Swedish Public Inquiry into Management and Resources (STRUT) discussed the two current quality indicators … Continue reading “Profile areas once again”