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Digital doctoral thesis defences are here to stay

The other week, one of my doctoral students defended their thesis. Their opponent was from England but was stuck at their holiday home in France due to travel restrictions. The grading committee sat in Madrid, Paris and Stockholm, plus a reserve member in Luleå. Digital defences reduce travel and raise the quality. The discussion and … Continue reading “Digital doctoral thesis defences are here to stay”

A digitalisation policy for the future

Doing things in a totally new way or doing totally new things. This is close to the heart of KTH’s digital transformation that should be reflected in our research, education and cooperation. Increasing the quality and efficiency of internal processes is also part of the equation. KTH’s digitalisation policy, that the board recently resolved on, … Continue reading “A digitalisation policy for the future”

When are we going to see some climate initiatives?

Many politicians and opinion formers are saying that the support packages that have emerged during the pandemic offer an opportunity to take clear steps towards a climate reset. But nothing has happened as yet. There is a clear risk that us middle aged are giving younger generations a big fat double whammy: an urgent climate … Continue reading “When are we going to see some climate initiatives?”

What do the international students think?

Universities all over the world  are discussing how courses should be organised in the next academic year. The possibility of providing courses online is being eagerly considered. One group that has not actually been asked to any great extent is the students themselves, especially not the international students. What do they think? A total of … Continue reading “What do the international students think?”