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Uppsala academics fight leadership plan

Staff and students at Uppsala University have expressed anger over the university board’s proposal to change the way in which the rector is appointed.

A letter signed by 859 academics and students has demanded that the election of the rector should continue to involve consultation with faculty boards and students. The signatories are strongly opposed to a proposal that would give the university board sole discretion over the appointment, the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported on 26 October.

“The fight for a new procedure for electing the rector of Uppsala University is the bottom line regarding the introduction of academic capitalism in Sweden,” Ylva Hasselberg, a researcher in economic history at Uppsala, said. “Universities are [being] forced to run as companies while knowledge is looked upon as a commodity that is sold at market.”

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