Public Release:  The University of Gothenburg intensifies cooperation on European issues

University of Gothenburg

The Centre for European Studies is boosting the University of Gothenburg's engagement in European issues by recruiting experts from the business world, the public sector and politics, including EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, to a recently started research council.

Cooperation with a high level of responsibility and engagement is one of the aims set out in the University of Gothenburg's Vision 2020 document. The Centre for European Studies (Ces) and the Centre for European Research at University of Gothenburg (Cergu) are already well on their way in this respect. Last spring, Ces established a council comprising top names from business and industry, public authorities and politics.

The council is headed by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, who is also an honorary doctor and former student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is home to the two centres.

'We are very proud of the council. It'll help us strengthen our link to the surrounding community and will also contribute to the strategic development of the academic programmes,' says Urban Strandberg, Director of Studies at the Centre for European Studies.

The University has also made good progress within its research on European issues, by establishing an advisory board consisting of renowned researchers from a number of European universities and Fudan University in Shanghai.

'Cergu and Ces form a complete academic environment with close links between research, education and cooperation with the surrounding community,' says Strandberg. 'And now the cooperation will grow even stronger.'

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Contacts:

Cecilia Malmström, please contact her Swedish press secretary: Joakim Larsson, tel. +32 498969263

Daniel Naurin, Centre for European Research at University of Gothenburg, tel. +46 767 675 009, e-mail: Daniel.Naurin@pol.gu.se

Urban Strandberg, Centre for European Studies, tel. +46 31 786 4149, e-mail: urban.strandberg@gu.se

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