On Saturday, April 22, Prof. Eva Wiberg, Prof. Viktor Owall, Prof. Olov Sterner and Mr. Richard Stenelo from Lund University gave a lecture at the Hiyoshi West Annex Building. They introduced education, research and environment of Lund University and then they had a question/answer session to understand what Lund University achieves and seeks.
Lund University is a comprehensive university, which has 8 faculties, Medicine, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Technology, Economics and Management, Law and Fine and Performing Arts. They also have a vision: “a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition”. They have conducted various research and have been innovating. For example, The Tetra Pak, Bluetooth and Nicorette have been developed from Lund University and their partner companies. They told us that innovation is occurred when sharing competence and discussing with others. Sweden has a law on intellectual property rights of ownership for academic staff. According to this law, lecturers, researchers and doctoral students own the right to their own research results. It helps Lund University to be innovative. They focus on education as well as research. For instance, they have various engineering programs and international master programs. Not only researchers but also students at Lund University made innovation happened. One of them got an idea of reusing shower for saving water and reducing energy.
Lund University is a most international university in Sweden, because 15 % of students and 40% of research students at Lund University are international students. Lund University joins several associations for universities. League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a network to promote European education, research and innovation. Universitas 21 is international network of 25 leading research-intensive universities in 16 countries. Lund University is open to others and promote diversity. They also have a lot of female students and the average age when finishing the Ph.D. is 35. It means that there are various students and teachers that have different background. Also, 90% of Ph.D. holders go to industry. The career of students at Lund University is various. Lund University regard diversity or different ideas as important.
We, research assistants (RAs) of Program Leading Graduate School (PLGS) at Keio University, could learn a lot of things from the lecture. Innovation come from different ideas and different people. RAs are from 10 different graduate schools and we have mentors who have different backgrounds. Therefore, we have an opportunity to make innovation happened.
By Yuma Sakakibara, Enrolled in 2017 Spring, M1, Graduate School of Science and Technology
Prof. Eva Wiberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Prof. Viktor Owall, Dean Faculty of Engineering.
Prof. Olov Sterner, Dean Faculty of Science.
Mr. Richard Stenelo, International Director & Deputy Executive Director.