Minutes IAG‐meeting Thursday, June 7th 2012, 13.00‐15.00
Venue: Styrelserummet, VH79
Eva Malmström Jonsson, chair
Ramon Wyss, Tina Murray, UF
Tigran Haas, ABE
Ann Cornell, CHE
Mats Hanson, ECE
Rajeev Thottappillil, EES
Anders Szepessy, SCI
Björn‐Erik Erlandsson, STH
Seija Natri, secretary
Danielle Edvardsson, item 4
Lotta Rosenfeldt, item 4
Helene Andersson‐Svahn, BIO
David House, CSC
Mats Brorsson, ICT
Anna Delin, ITM
Izla Unesi, THS
Naga Sudha Mangeshkar Vankayaka, BEST
1. Approval of the agenda Eva
Three issues announced by Tigran Haas.
2. Approval of notes from previous meeting, April 16th Eva
No remarks on previous minutes.
3. GoGlobal Tina
Tina presented the background, plan and structure for GoGlobal, October 1‐5, 2012
The main mission is to increase the interest of outgoing students. Many external speakers
from industry will be appointed. Project Attract have final event at the same time and
these two events will be integrated. KTH´s goal is to have the number of exchange students,
incoming/outgoing, in balance and in future every second student should study abroad. Motivation
to get balance was discussed.
Schools are welcome to participate and are responsible for the breakfast seminars. Tina meets
school representatives about GoGlobal next week.
4. Proposal for a new organization for guest researches/ teachers Danielle, Lotta
Danielle explained background and the working groups work for a proposal for a new
organization for guest researches/teachers. University of Gothenburg has a well organized
system to take care of guests and proposal is mostly based on their experiences. Danielle
also presented EURAXESS (http://www.euraxess.se) and emphasized the importance to
make a declaration of commitment when the decision for the new organization is made.
Lotta Rosenfeldt is appointed to build up the organization.
5. THS International´s buddy system Izla
Presentation Monday September 17 .
6. Prio universities Tina
Tina presented the background and selection of the 125 universities which appears on the list
(in BILDA). Presentations of basis of the statistic. Examples with various weighting has been
developed and lists are presented Europe respective Non‐Europe top 20. It is obvious that schools
and research groups have prio universities of their own. The lists shows that there are universities
with strong research cooperation without student exchange and on the contrary. How do we want
to use the list? What is the purpose of the lists? Benchmarking, learning for ranking lists, to get
good research cooperation and partners, were some answers.
School representatives have a mission to, with help of statistic, discuss at schools and suggest
3‐6 universities the school/research groups want to suggest to the list. The goal is that no more
than 100 universities are prioritized and more strategic plan for these will be developed.
Discussion and presentations of proposal from schools at IAG meeting in November.
7. Other issues/items
Tigran Haas had three issues from ABE school:
1. Weak focus on Middle East! Eva: There is no central activities on Saudi‐Arabia because of
lack of resources.
2. Is there going to be PhD‐tuition fees? Eva: – No.
3. What about Joint Degree with former Sovjet Union? Eva: There is a working group working with
this issue which has showed up to be complicated.
One year Master Programme – there are discussions to establish one year Master Programme on
areas with good recruitment.
Ramon presented shortly from meeting with SIDA about Africa, Technology Transfer Alliance.
To get more interest from the schools, Ramon plans to arrange workshop on Tanzania in autumn
and asks the school representatives to send input. East Africa will be discussed at IAG meeting
8. Next meetings
Monday, September 17, 12.00—14.00, styrelserummet, VH79
Monday, November 12, 12.00—14.00, styrelserummet, VH79