Candidates for the assignment as Academic Vice President in the Committee for Higher Education

KI's Nomination Assembly has appointed candidates for the election of new academic vice presidents to KI's committees. The Committee for Higher Education is tasked with supporting the Faculty Board through preparation, quality monitoring and implementation in the field of education.

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Open hearing with the candidates for vice president of the Committee for Higher Education

A recording from the hearing with candidates for the assignment as Academic Vice President in the Committee for Higher Education is now available. Rune Brautaset, Ewa Ehrenborg, Maria Hagströmer and Nick Tobin make presentations and share their visions and personal achievements. All presentations are held in Swedish.

See the recorded hearing here

The new term of office for the duties of the vice presidents is from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2025.

The following candidates have been appointed to the committee for higher education:

Portrait of Rune Brautaset
Rune Brausaset. Photo: Private

Rune Brautaset, Professor in Optometry at CNS

About me:

I am a professor of optometry and have been at KI since 2000. In parallel with my research, I have been active as a teacher, course leader and examiner throughout the years; primarily for the optician programmes but also for the medical programme. I have experience as a Programme Director (2004-2015), Responsible for Education at Undergraduate and Advanced Level (2016-), Department Head (2018-) and chair of the Committee for Research and Education. I have developed the existing programme and been involved in starting a new programme. For my pedagogical development work, I received KI's Pedagogical Award in 2015. Through previous assignments and now as vice-chair of the Committee for Education, I have gained a good insight into how KI's educational activities work – an insight that I believe is important in the role of vice president. Over the years, I have been involved in many areas of education at KI through a number of central assignments such as the development of criteria for degree projects, the Learning Environment Council, the investigations that resulted in the Unit for Education and Learning and central funding of specially equipped educational facilities.

Rune Brautaset's profile page.

Visions for my assignment:

As vice president, I would work for the best possible conditions for all of KI's educational programmes, with a focus on:

  • teacher provision that ensures continuity and research affiliation – this is because several of our educational programmes have difficulty recruiting and retaining competent staff
  • ensuring that our educational programmes are based on modern and scientific teaching that engages the students – this also includes increased support for teachers and the adaptation of the premises and technology
  • teaching that should provide a positive merit rating at KI just as it does at a number of other universities
  • continuing the hugely important work of securing Integrated Clinical Training and Work Placement Learning for all our educational programmes, which is especially important with the major changes underway in regional and private healthcare.
Ewa Ehrenborg, Professor of Molecular Cardiovascular Medicine at MedS.

Ewa Ehrenborg, Professor of Molecular Cardiovascular Medicine at MedS 

About me:

I am Professor of Molecular Cardiovascular Medicine and Departmental Director of Education (GUA) at the Department of Medicine, Solna (MedS). My research focuses on understanding the role of autophagy processes in atherosclerosis.

My current commissions at KI are as teacher representative in the Faculty Board, KI chair in Capio St. Göran's and member of Karolinska's Committees for Research, Development and Education (FoUU), and member of KI/Region Stockholm's Education Advisory Committee. Since 2018, I have been working on commission from the President, Deputy President and Academic Vice President on issues related to the collaboration with Region Stockholm with focus on work-based education.

My long-standing commitment to education at KI ranges from teaching at courses to strategic levels in committees, councils and boards. I have recently been appointed as member of the Programme Committee in the Study Programme of Medicine and have previously been a member of the Programme Committee and the Programme Director for the Study Programmes in Biomedicine. In 2008, I was engaged in starting the Centre for Clinical Education (CKU-KI) as one of four directors and was the coordinator during 2015-2018. I have been awarded the Biomedicine Programme Educational Prize (2005) and KI's Pedagogical Prize (2017).

Ewa Ehrenborg's profile page.

Visions for my assignment:

Productive cooperations to develop present and future education through:

  • improved collaboration with Region Stockholm, municipalities, other universities and Life Science in order to develop programmes and courses
  • offering a range of courses to include and utilize all expertise available at KI. This enables high-quality education, which in the long run also lays the foundation for development of research
  • recruitment of teachers based on KI's educational needs in order to maintain a high level of expertise in the approximately 40 degree programmes and >900 courses for which KI is responsible
  • increased pedagogical competence of teachers, supervisors and researchers to ensure the quality of education
Maria Hagströmer, professor of Physiotherapy at NVS Photo: Ulf Sirborn

Maria Hagströmer, professor of Physiotherapy at NVS

About me:

I am a professor of Physiotherapy at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) and have a combined position at the Academic Primary Care Centre (APC), Region Stockholm, where I actively carry out research. I am also Departmental Director of Education (GUA) at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS). I publicly defended my doctoral thesis at KI in 2007 and completed my postdoc, among other things, at NIH, USA, and after that I combined research, teaching and leadership in various academic roles. I have a strong commitment to educational issues and I am a member of the Pedagogical Academy at KI.

I have extensive experience of leadership with personnel responsibility, and scientific and educational leadership at various levels. As an educational leader, for example, in the role of Departmental Director of Education (GUA), I have an overall educational responsibility at the department, I have been director of education at chapter level, member of the Programme Committee, responsible for evaluations and have participated to a great extent in the two most recent Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) evaluations, assessor of educational applications, member of the Recruitment Committee's (RU) educational assessment group, and participated in various working groups related to education.

Maria Hagströmer's profile page.

Visions for my assignment:

  • All programmes at KI should be of high quality, which includes research-related education, evidence-based education, modern infrastructure, learning environments and digital aids that can support students and teachers
  • Clearer and better career paths for teachers, ensuring a highly skilled workforce
  • The design of education should be adapted and flexible, based on the needs of society, and we should also have relevant courses for specialised education
  • Improve the collaboration with Region Stockholm by broadening practical training placements (VFU), among other things
Portrait of Nick Tobin
Nick Tobin, assistant Professor and researcher at OnkPat Photo: press

Nick Tobin, assistant Professor and researcher at OnkPat

About me:

I took my Degree of Doctor in Vascular Biology at Dublin City University 2008 and then had a postdoctoral position in a breast cancer group at Lund University, in which I remained when they moved to Manchester in 2009. My interest in bioinformatics started here and I then started a postdoctoral position within the subject at KI in 2011. As a bioinformatician, I have been involved in teaching students at upper secondary, first, second and third-cycle level for over 10 years. Taken overall, these qualifications led me to being assigned the title of Docent in Bioinformatics in 2018.

As former deputy chair of KI Junior Faculty, I gained broad experience in committee and leadership work, and I acted as JF representative in the Faculty Council and Cancer Research KI's boards. With particular regard to educational leadership roles, I am on the board of the Doctoral Programme in Tumour Biology and Oncology (FoTO), and I am Departmental Director of Education (GUA) at the Department of Oncology-Pathology, and I am responsible for the Molecular Medicine-Oncology course (15 HE credits). I have also recently completed the Education Manager of the Future course at KI.

Nick Tobin's profile page.

Visions for my assignment:

In my vision of the future for education at KI:

  • Research and education are closely linked. The best researchers will participate actively in teaching and their positions will be funded based on their strengths in both education and research
  • All teachers should be able to teach at the upper secondary schools in their home municipality 1-2 hours per month They will actively aim to promote and encourage an interest in science across a wide age range of young students
  • Education will be seen as having the same prestige as research. This will be achieved by means of the following: 1.) Publicise teachers in our newsletters and on our website in the same way we currently do for researchers, 2.) Only award central KI funding to research that can demonstrate active participation in teaching, and 3.) Evaluate teaching and circulate the results at KI level in order to showcase our best teachers