MDH to get three new honorary doctors

Nov 26, 2012 | Research/Cooperation

Opera, Design and Computer Science are subjects which characterise the new honorary doctors at Mälardalen University (MDH). At an Academic Ceremony in April 2013, honorary doctoral degrees will be conferred on Birgitta Svendén, General Manager and Opera Director of the Royal Swedish Opera, Luciënne Blessing, Professor at the Université de Luxembourg and Kurt-Lennart Lundbäck, CEO of Arcticus Systems.

- It’s very positive that MDH can receive honorary doctors who represent our successful research in embedded systems and in design and innovation as well as our strong commitment to chamber music, says Peter Dobers, Dean and Chair of the Faculty Board.

Birgitta Svendén is one of Sweden’s most successful opera singers. MDH values her expertise from the music branch and her outstanding leadership as former Opera Director of the University College of Opera, Stockholm, and now as General Manager and Opera Director of the Royal Swedish Opera. Her appointment as honorary doctor at MDH will to an even greater extent highlight the University’s cultural activities and their value. Birgitta Svendén is a unique source of inspiration and role model.

Luciënne Blessing is Professor of Engineering Design and Methodology at the Université de Luxembourg. Her research is characterised by both theoretical and social goals and she often has her starting point in multidisciplinary perspectives which include subjects such as sociology and psychology. Her research is conducted, as is a large part of the research at MDH, primarily in co-production with trade and industry. She already has contact today with researchers and doctoral students at MDH and through her extensive network of international contacts she is contributing, among other things, towards the reinforcement of MDH’s international contacts.

Kurt-Lennart Lundbäck is the CEO of Arcticus Systems and, since the start of MDH’s biggest research specialisation, Mälardalen Real Time Research Centre (MRTC), he has been involved in research and education at the University. Through his great national and regional involvement, Kurt-Lennart Lundbäck has sought to spread knowledge of computer technology in the Swedish software industry. With his deep insight into the potential of both academia and industry he has given MDH access to research issues of relevance to industry. In addition he has made a strong contribution towards highlighting MDH’s research.

The honorary doctoral degrees will be conferred on 26 April 2013 in Västerås, and the new honorary doctors will give their lectures on the day before, 25 April, on the Honorary Doctors’ Day.