MDH's new Chair of the Board, Liselott Hagberg about MDH

May 18, 2016 | Global On campus

Liselott Hagberg, County Governor of Sörmland, is the new Chair of the University Board, a commission that she considers an honour. "It's a fantastic privilege to be selected as Chair of the Board for such an excellent cooperating University as MDH, says Liselott Hagberg.


What is MDH for you?

I regard MDH as an excellent cooperating university. It is here that cooperation becomes reality. It's how I present and boast about MDH - both in my role as County Governor and now as Chair of the University Board.

MDH is also a university that really works hard with keeping research and education together - all for the sake of quality.  It is a positive approach that has been clarified in the new Research and Education Strategy for 2017-2022. Research promotes quality in education and with the proximity between them the quality is additionally enhanced.

What does MDH mean to the region?

It's very important for development and for the future to have a seat of learning in the region. The University plays a crucial role in the supply of skills and workforce. Look at Eskilstuna: here MDH has meant an enormous amount, for example the majority of Eskilstuna citizens with higher education have gone to precisely MDH. Forecasts also predict that 40 percent of Sweden's inhabitants will be living in Stockholm and the Mälardalen region within a few years, so the University's role will become even more important in the future.

What challenges and opportunities do you see for MDH in the near future?

One important question and a big challenge is that the funding for research will continue to increase. MDH has got a substantial boost thanks to the attention attracted by the University's cooperation model. And if you do work that is in line with what the State wants to see more of, it should be rewarded, I think.

Another thing that I consider to be important is our communication with the Government. We must be clear that the jerkiness now existing concerning education places is problematic. The number of education places we are expected to offer has varied greatly for a short period, which is difficult both for the University and for the region.

A big opportunity for MDH is the new Eskilstuna campus. Having central and modern campuses of our own in both cities plays a big part and is important for recruitment, not only of students but also of new employees.

MDH has a clear, important profile and will, its brand is strong and the economoy good. This bodes well for the future.

You are the Chair of the recruitment committee for a new Vice-Chancellor. What is it that you as members of the recruitment committee want to see in the new Vice-Chancellor?

It's a question of finding the most suitable person that can continue the good work that has been done and that is in line with the new Strategy. It is of course a good qualification if the person has a lot of contacts with the surrounding community and a good picture and personal experience of both education and research. It's important that a new Vice-Chancellor inspires high confidence and will be the leader that can include all the employees on the journey with the new Strategy and towards MDH's vision - the co-producing University.