Information about how the University celebrate academic achievements.
Annual Academic Celebration
Academic achievements are celebrated during Malmö University's Annual Academic Celebration for a week in October every year.
Annual Academic Celebration 2022
The Annual Academic Celebration 2022 will be held 17-21 October.
The week-long celebration include inaugural lectures held by new professors, lectures given by honorary doctors as well as other events. The week-long celebration ends with the Annual Academic Ceremony, where new professors are inaugurated and new doctorates are conferred
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Preliminary dates for the Annual Academic Celebration 2023 is 9-13 October.
Annual Academic Ceremony
The week-long celebration ends with the Annual Academic Ceremony, an occasion when Malmö University’s new professors are inaugurated and new doctorates are conferred. An event follows with food and mingling. Staff and external guests are invited to the celebration.
Malmö University was founded in 1998 and 20 years later, it was awarded full university status. The first promotion ceremony was held in 1999.
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Preliminary date for the Annual Academic Ceremony 2023 is 13 October.
Medieval traditions remastered
Malmö University’s conferment and professorial inauguration aims to celebrate the scientific achievements made during the past year. Of all the medieval traditions that surround the ceremonies, some have been passed on through the years to our young university in Malmö.
Conferment is the ceremony for those doctors who have completed their doctoral studies during the past academic year, completed all of their courses, defended their doctoral thesis at the University and submitted an application to receive their degree certificate.
The Swedish word ‘promovera’ comes from the Latin ‘promovere’ and means ‘moving forward’. The conferment ceremony symbolises a scientific journey or transfer. Traditionally, it refers to the transportation of knowledge over the mountain Parnassos in Greek mythology.
In our ceremony, we are instead using the silhouette of Malmö and the world, to symbolise our societal commitment, our diversity and global foundation, all reflecting our University.
The conferment of the faculty's doctoral graduates is carried out by a conferrer. The conferrer is a professor who has previously been conferred and is appointed by the respective faculty.
The hat, laurel wreath and the ring are the objects and symbolic attributes that are provided during the conferment ceremony. The doctor also receives a diploma, a certificate which was previously the written proof of the conferment, and had to be carried with when for example visiting other universities. Today the diploma lives on as a memory of the academic celebration.
Doctoral hat and laurel wreath
Doctoral hat and laurel wreath
The hat and laurel wreath are both symbols of freedom, but also power, and with power comes responsibility. Doctoral hats are worn by doctors in technology, medicine and odontology. Doctors of philosophy wear a laurel wreath.
The ring symbolises commitment and dedication to scientific ideals. Malmö University offers three doctoral rings; a university-wide doctoral ring in Humanium Metal (produced by Individual Human Help), a university-wide doctoral ring in gold, and a faculty-specific doctoral ring in gold for the Faculty of Odontology.
Individuals who have been appointed as professor are inaugurated and welcomed to their new role by representatives of the University. The Vice-Chancellor performs the inauguration of new professors.
On occasion, the University is given the privilege to honour a jubilee doctor. It is a title earned by individuals who received their doctoral degrees 50 years earlier. During the ceremony, the jubilee doctor is awarded a diploma.
At the Annual Academic Ceremony 2019, the University’s first Vice-Chancellor Per-Olof Glantz was awarded the title Jubilee doctor.
Chain and robe
The Vice-Chancellor’s chain is a symbol of office and is worn at formal academic meetings. Malmö University's values of an open society, free speech and critical thinking have been incorporated into its design by Ingegerd Råman. In addition to Humanium Metal, the medallions are made of silver and glass crystal. The two cogwheels symbolise opportunities for constant development and fresh thinking. The prismatic crystals create multiple reflections, a feature that represents contrasting perspectives and opinions.
The ‘robe’ is the formal academic gown worn by the vice chancellor, conferrers, deans, professors and the jubilee doctor during the conferment ceremony and at other academic events. Malmö University has chosen to use the talar as a symbol of equality and unity.
Peace metal in Vice-Chancellor’s chain and doctoral rings
Malmö University is the first university in the world to use 'peace metal' in doctoral rings, Vice-Chancellor's chain and dean chains. Humanium Metal is produced by the non-profit organisation Individual Human Help (IM) and is made of recycled metal from collected and stored weapons from Guatemala and El Salvador.
By using Humanium Metal for doctoral rings, we show that we want to contribute to a peaceful and inclusive society. It is entirely in line with Malmö University's aim for a more equal, open and sustainable society
Honorary doctors who are promoted are often academics at other universities, but just as often they have achieved excellence outside the world of academia. Their dedication and deeds have promoted scientific research and they are therefore individuals the University wants to reward.
The University faculties appoint honorary doctors. An honorary doctorate is an award and an expression of the faculty’s appreciation of outstanding efforts in one of the faculty’s research fields.