Board of Higher Education
The Board of Higher Education has overall responsibility for undergraduate education at Karolinska Institutet. This includes handling matters of strategy and development, evaluation and follow-up, quality, and information as well as monitoring trends and building and maintaining international contacts.
The Board of Higher Education is one of three central Boards at Karolinska Institutet. Each board consists of a dean, an assistant dean and members.
For news regarding higher education at Karolinska Institutet, please view the newsletter Higher Education News.
A Word from the Dean
Summer’s here at last! I hope that you, like me, have enjoyed this time of graduation ceremonies and midsummer celebrations!
First of all, I have the pleasure to announce that the Board of Higher Education has decided to award this year’s Pedagogical Prize to Ewa Ehrenborg! Ewa is to receive the award for her excellent input as a teacher at KI and, in particular, for having developed interprofessional learning and student-activating teaching, and for displaying great pedagogical leadership. She will receive her prize at the October installation ceremony. A hearty congratulations to you, Ewa!
In June, the board also decided to set up a Learning Environment Committee to assist the infrastructure coordinator. I believe that the committee can be a vital link between the facilities office and the education organisation, enabling us to develop effective learning environments together.
Last week, a group comprising Pro-Vice-Chancellor Anders Ekbom, heads of department and board representatives met at a residential conference centre to discuss the consequence analyses that have been performed for education and research in view of Karolinska University Hospital’s new business model. As a result, Anders Ekbom will be producing a proposal on how we can work with these issues as soon as the holidays are over.
This August I’ll be meeting our new vice-chancellor, Ole Petter Ottersen. I’m really looking forward to discussing the many important educational issues he has raised on various occasions, such as in his policy statement. If we’re to push ahead with these important issues, he needs to be fully familiarised with our education and the opportunities and challenges that face us.
At the end of the spring, the board received a number of reports and proposals from different committees and projects and more are expected after the summer, including the strategy for interprofessional learning, the in vivo project, the follow-up and evaluation of the CLK (Centre for Learning and Knowledge), the welcome and introduction package for new students, and ethics in teaching. It all makes interesting reading and the board must now get together with the education organisation to think about how to move forward with all these proposals. What we must pay particular regard to is how we’re to proceed with different digital tools, such as the new learning management system and digital timetables and exams.
This year’s KI-Mayo Conference is due to take place on 7-8 September, and it’s gratifying to see that a good number of abstracts have been sent in on the field of education. Click here to view the programme and to register.
In closing, I’d like to wish you all a lovely summer! I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all staff and students for the great work you’ve continued to do this term. I hope that you have the fun, relaxing summer break you deserve!
If you have any comments on the Board’s work or good ideas, feel free to send me an email!
Annika Östman Wernerson
Dean of Higher Education
The Word from the Dean is included in Higher Education News 4, 2017