New University Vice-Chancellor Inaugurated at the Academic Ceremony
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Held at Galaxen in Borlänge, the Academic Ceremony included the inauguration of the new Vice-Chancellor, Martin Norsell, as well as Professors, and was a chance for the University to celebrate the achievements of colleagues.

Since the 1990s, the Academic Ceremony has been held every second year at Dalarna University.

As per tradition, the ceremony commenced with a procession that included the key individuals for the evening, accompanied to the music of the folk-music group Bullermyrens spelmanslag.

Sara Irisdotter Aldenmyr, Professor at Dalarna University, welcomed attendees and presented the first speaker of the evening, Christina Bellander, Chairperson of the University Governing Board, who delivered the welcome speech that stressed the university's vision: open pathways to knowledge for a good society. The ceremonial speech was then held by Anders Söderholm, General Director of Universitetskanslersämbetet.

It was then time for the University's former Vice-Chancellor Marita Hillliges to formally acknowledge the new Vice-Chancellor, Martin Norsell: he thus became the eighth Vice-Chancellor since the establishment in 1977 of Dalarna University as it is today.

"I am extremely honoured to be appointed Vice-Chancellor and look forward to being part of the future development of Dalarna University," stated Martin Norsell.

Summer Kid, the band, on the stage

Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by both Bullermyrens spelmanslag as well as the singing duo Summer Kid from Falun.

Tara Kandpal, Honorary Doctor, on the stage with the University Dean

Dean Catharina Nyström Höög och Honorary Doctor Tara Kandpal

A number of scholars and researchers were recognised over the course of the evening, each being honoured publicly by Dean Catharina Nyström Höög.

Yujiao Li and Xiaoyun Zhao, Doctors in Microdata Analysis

Yujiao Li and  Xiaoyun Zhao, Doctors in Microdata Analysis

Also honoured were four new Professors, two Visiting Professors, one Honorary Doctor, 14 new Docents and 13 new Doctors. As well, the University recognised a number of its teachers.

Earlier in the day, the University's four new professors - Marie Elf, Renée Flacking, Thomas Sedelius and Mats Rönnelid - held their inaugural lectures and in the evening were officially inaugurated as Professors.

Martin Norsell with Renée Flacking

Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell and Professor Renée Flacking

Dalarna University now has 42 Professors in different fields of study.

County Governor Ylva Thorn, along with Director of External Liaison, Sigrid Saveljeff,  awarded the evening's prize for collaboration. It was awarded to Bosse Lilja of the Industriellt Utvecklingscentra Dalarna. During his years as General Director of IUC, Bosse Lilja has worked hard towards ensuring collaboration continues with the University as well as regional business and industry.

Also recipient of a prize for collaboration was Dalarna's Centre for Educational Development, which is a centre at the university: it was recognised for its successful form of collaboration that has received great national interest.

The Alumni Prize was awarded to Cia Embretsen from Falun, a former Dalarna University student, for her work with a project to welcome people new to Sweden.

"Naturally, I feel very proud to receive this award as there are so many graduates from Dalarna University each year. I feel very honoured," stated Cia Embretsen.

There was also a prize for teaching, and this went to Therese Herkules, Lecturer in Image Production, who was described as being fiirm but fair, and dedicated to her job.

The evening then continued with a formal dinner, during which both the Vice-Chancellor and County Governor gave a speech, followed by music and dance.