MDH’s Vice-Chancellor Karin Röding to become the new State Secretary to the Minister for Higher Educ

Jan 15, 2016 | Global

Today the Government has appointed Karin Röding as the new State Secretary to the Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson. Karin Röding will already take up her position at the Ministry of Education and Research this Monday 18 January. Karin Röding has been Vice-Chancellor of Mälardalen University (MDH) since 2011.

 - I have had fantastically rewarding and instructive years at MDH and I’m going to miss the staff, students, and all our cooperation partners in the region, nationally and internationally. At the same time it’s very exciting to assume a new role, in an environment I’m already familiar with. I was previously Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Education for seven years. Once I’d agreed to accept, everything has gone very quickly.

Karin Röding continues:

When I became Vice-Chancellor I was given a clear mission by the Board: develop the University’s cooperation with the surrounding community in the public as well as the private sector. During these years several strategic cooperation agreements have also been signed for the benefit of our education and the students, and for all our research activities. I feel proud of having contributed to this. I am also proud that MDH, as the first university college, decided in 2011 to carry out an evaluation of the University’s combined research through the MER14 project. In a corresponding way I am pleased that the Board gave me, as Vice-Chancellor, the task of gathering all our activities in Eskilstuna into a new and functional campus – an important decision for MDH, Eskilstuna and Sörmland.

MDH’s Board will now begin the process of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor under the leadership of its Chair Madeleine Caesar:

- I thank Karin Röding for having led MDH, with her great commitment and knowledge, for five intensive and fulfilling years. Our activities have been focused and developed, with a focus on quality and cooperation with other actors nationally and internationally. I congratulate the Ministry of Education on this recruitment and look forward to continuing good cooperation with Karin in her new role. In the Board we will now immediately start the work of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor for the University. It will then be the Government who will take the decision to appoint.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Pettersson, is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and from Monday onwards will assume this position. The University Board will also draw up a proposal for the Government as soon as possible regarding an acting Vice-Chancellor. The Government will then take a decision after the customary preparation.

- I would naturally like to congratulate Karin on her new post, says Paul Pettersson. She has done a fantastic job of positioning and publicising MDH, and finishes at a time when our financial situation is good and we have good and clear routines. I have had the privilege of working with Karin for several years, and together with the University Management I will do all I can for our activities to continue to develop during the period until the Government has appointed a new Vice-Chancellor.

The Government Office’s press release (Swedish only)

Press pictures of Karin Röding

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