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Swedish university delegation comes to campus

[Uppsala University delegation]Principal Daniel Woolf (front row, second from left) joined Uppsala University President Anders Hallberg (front row, second from right) and the rest of the delegation for a lunchtime reception at Summerhill.

A group of visitors from Uppsala University in Sweden recently got a first-hand look at Queen’s. The nine-member delegation spent a full day touring the campus and learning about the university’s academic, international, and research-related initiatives.

The delegation included university President Anders Hallberg, Vice-President Kerstin Sahlin, and Director Ann Fust.

Both Queen’s and Uppsala are members of the recently-formed Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), a group of seven schools that aims to provide rich learning and an international student experience for all students as well as strong stewardship through social and global responsibility.

“Part of the purpose of the Matariki Network is benchmarking and comparing good practices with the other participating universities, “ says Vice-Provost (International) John Dixon, who spent a year at Uppsala on exchange in 1973 while a student at the University of Connecticut. “We put the schedule together to address their specific, identified areas of interest.”

Those areas include research and innovation, international strategy and approaches to fundraising and alumni relations. The delegates will split up and visit a number of units, including PARTEQ, the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), and different faculties depending on their personal interests and professional portfolios.

The two universities, in addition to being founding members of MNU, have a history of student exchange. Since 1993, over 200 business and arts and science students – 100 in each direction – have participated in these programs.

Activities and collaborations between the universities could one day include sabbatical exchanges, research collaboration, and joint academic programs.

More information on the MNU available here.

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