Universities in Sweden are governed by the state in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance. This means that parliament and the government decide upon the allocation of resources, activities, as well as the laws and regulations that apply to Malmö University.
The University Board is the University's highest decision-making body. The Vice-Chancellor acts as the University's executive manager.
The University's management includes the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice Chancellors, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, five Deans, the Head of Library Services, the Director of Joint University Administration and Services, and student representatives.
The University Board is comprised of the following members:
Metta Fjelkner, former Chairperson, The National Union of Teachers in Sweden
Alexandra Hagen – CEO, Architecture firm
Bengt-Ove Boström, Professor of Political Science and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg
Joel Eklund, Executive Board Director, Chief Executive Officer, TePe
Annika Nilsson, Executive Office Manager, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation
Roko Kursar – kommunalråd och kommunstyrelsens vice ordförande i Malmö stad
Harriet Wallberg – Professor, MD, past President of Karolinska Institutet, Member of the Nobel Assembly
Per Tryding, Professor of Teaching, Århus University and Vice Managing Director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The University's administrative departments are called Joint University Administration and Services (or GV). The University Director is Head of Joint University Administration and Service and makes decisions in accordance with delegation from the Vice-Chancellor.
Malmö University has three levels of decision-making: the University Board, the Vice-Chancellor and faculty management. The advisory boards are responsible for preparing proposals for either official mandate from the Vice-Chancellor or for the Vice-Chancellor to present to the University Board, the University’s most senior decision-making body.
Advisory Board for Research and Doctoral Education
This board has a preparatory function prior to official mandates from the Vice-Chancellor or the University Board. University-wide issues related to research and doctoral education may also be brought up in other groups, such as the University Management Group, in order to be discussed by the Advisory Board.
Educational Advisory Board
The Educational Advisory Board has a preparatory function prior to official mandates from the Vice-Chancellor or the University Board. University-wide issues related to education may also be brought up in other groups, such as the University Management Group, in order to be discussed by the Advisory Board.
Advisory Board for Collaboration
The Advisory Board’s task is to plan, coordinate and follow up on university-wide issues regarding collaboration, value creation and innovation, as well as contribute to strengthening the University’s global profile.
Advisory Board for Research Ethics
The Advisory Board for Research Ethics is responsible for both strategic and operational tasks concerning research ethics and misconduct.
Advisory Board for Global Engagement
The Advisory Board for Global Engagement assists university management in strategic decisions regarding internationalisation.
Advisory Board for Equality and Equal Opportunities
The Advisory Board for Equality and Equal Opportunities has an advisory role to the Vice-Chancellor in university-wide matters regarding equality and equal opportunities.
Advisory Board for Widening Access and Participation
The Advisory Board for Widening Access and Participation’s main task is to develop an objective for the University’s efforts in widening access to and participation in education at undergraduate, advanced and postgraduate levels. The Advisory Board also coordinates and follows up on these issues.
Advisory Board for a Sustainable University
The Advisory Board for a Sustainable University is tasked with planning, coordinating, prioritising and following up on issues regarding the University’s environmental work and promotion of sustainable development. The Advisory Board also monitors activities in order to promote the integration of sustainability in education and research.
Advisory Board for Digitalisation
The Advisory Board for Digitalisation guides the digitalisation work at the University. The Advisory Board is tasked with exploring what needs and incentives the University's staff and students have in relation to working digitally, both regarding tools and processes. The aim is to improve the quality of education, research, collaboration and internationalisation.
Kerstin Tham embraces the University's vision to foster a creative environment and a close regional, national and international relationships. She is keen to engage the University in working towards a world in which diversity, knowledge and creativity are transformed into action for sustainable community development. Tham believes that the University is primed to lead and create new paradigms within both education and research.