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Academic Ceremony

MDU will be celebrating the Academic Ceremony to honour the University’s new honorary doctors and doctors. In conjunction with the Ceremony, prizes and awards will be distributed and new professors will be installed. The Ceremony is arranged once every other year.

The next ceremony with following feast will takes place in Västerås autumn 2022. Date and location will be presented November/December 2021.

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Among the University’s traditions there is what is called the Academic Ceremony, a celebration which includes the conferment of doctoral degrees and the installation of new professors. The Ceremony dates back to the Middle Ages and is common to all research-bearing university colleges and Swedish universities. At the Academic Ceremony it is academic performance that is in focus and celebrated.

Conferment of doctoral degrees and installation of new professors

The conferment of doctoral degrees is the ceremonial occasion at the University where doctoral students who have successfully completed their doctoral degree are promoted to the title of doctor. In addition to this, honorary doctoral degrees are conferred on scholars for meritorious achievements within their field of scholarship. The doctoral graduates are led over the symbolic Parnassus, welcomed by the Presiding Officer and receive their laurel wreath or doctoral hat and the diploma.

The installation of professors has its roots in the Middle Ages, reminding us of the old ties to the Church. In former times, a member of the Cathedral Chapter appointed to his office was assigned a particular chair in the Cathedral’s choir stalls, stallum. It is from this word that our present word "installation” derives. The installation, or inauguration as it is also called, of a new professor takes place when the Vice-Chancellor has awarded the new professor a ring and a diploma. At MD the professors who have been employed during the previous two years are installed.

Prizes and awards

During the Ceremony the recipients of the Teaching Prize, MDU's Collaboration Medal and the holder of the professorship in memory of Alva Myrdal will be honoured.

Teaching Prize

The Teaching Prize was established to promote pedagogical development at MDU. The prize is awarded to someone who has made outstanding contributions to education at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The prize is worth 50 000 SEK and the prize may be shared between a maximum of three prizewinners. The prize is passed on to the division, section or organisational unit to which the prizewinner/s belong/s and will be used for the person’s or group’s pedagogical development. The prize is awarded in conjunction with the Academic Ceremony and the prizewinner will also give a short lecture about their educational contributions.

All students and staff at the University have the opportunity to nominate a person or group they consider should be awarded the prize. The person/s nominated must be a permanent employee at MDU. A nomination committee will then submit suggestions for winners to the Vice-Chancellor, who will appoint the winner.

Collaboration Medal

MDU's Collaboration Medal constitutes a part of the University’s vision: “A strong MDU - the co-producing University" and shall be awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions in support of the University’s collaboration and co-production profile. The prize is awarded in conjunction with the Academic Ceremony.
All permanent employees have the opportunity to nominate someone for the prize. The nomination must be accompanied by a statement of reasons. A medal committee will submit suggestions for recipients of the medal to the Vice-Chancellor, who will take a decision on who is to be awarded the medal.

The first Collaboration Medal was awarded at the Academic Ceremony in 2013. The recipient was Johan Söderström, then CEO of ABB Sweden. In 2015 Pär Eriksson, Municipal Director of Eskilstuna Municipality, was awarded the medal, and in 2017 the medal went to Carina Färm, CEO at VafabMiljö Municipal Association.

Professorship in memory of Alva Myrdal

At MDU there is an established visiting professorship in memory of Alva Myrdal. The professorship is in honour of Alva Myrdal’s work a researcher, politician and social debater.

The visiting professorship is financed by the Social Contract, the strategic agreement on extended collaboration between MDU, Eskilstuna Municipality, Västerås City, Region Sörmland and Region Västmanland.


Do you have any questions? Send an email to event@mdh.se.

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