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About the Programme

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The Visiting Professor Programme contributes to our strategy of improving the international profile and competitiveness of the School of Business Economics and Law by increasing the share of international researchers within the faculty. It is also part of a long-term internationalisation strategy which involves building deeper relations with a number of esteemed universities and business schools around the world.

Visiting Professors serving on the programme are typically contracted for a three-year engagement, and typically work at the School for one month per academic term. During VPP 1 (2009-2013) a total of 35 visiting professors served on the programme. A further 25 visiting professors joined during VPP 2 (2014-2018). From 2019 forward we will be running an interim VPP3 programme where we expect to have 8-12 professors serving at any given time. This is until the School has established a fund which will enable the VPP to become a permanent feature.

The Professors contribute in a wide variety of ways across all institutions and at all levels of research and education at the School. On the research side, many have been involved in organising international conferences in collaboration with faculty members at the School, have established new collaborative research projects, and have co-authored academic articles with researchers at the School. At PhD level visiting professors have contributed both to teaching and supervision of our PhD candidates. The VPP is located administratively in the Graduate School and many of the visiting professors have either designed or delivered Masters courses at the Graduate School.

The programme has also proved an asset in improving our relations with the local business community. Visiting Professors have contributed to the School's Executive Education programme, delivered public lectures and responded to requests for senior level seminars from businesses in the West Sweden region.

We anticipate that the most important contributions of the VPP are long-term. The intensive period of collaboration during VPP service establishes relationships which endure beyond the period of service, and strengthen links between the School’s researchers and the leading institutions and networks to which the professors belong.

The Visiting Professor Programme has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the business community in West Sweden. The sponsors of the Visiting Professor Programme are:

  • Elof Hansson Foundation
  • Volvo Group
  • Stena AB
  • Elanders AB
  • The Richard C Malmsten Memorial Foundation
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