08 September 2020

The new vice-chancellor, Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, took up his post during the summer. The traditional installation, including the passing of the vice-chancellor’s chain of office from the previous incumbent, will take place on 3 October.

Magnus Johansson

Jan-Ingvar Jönsson will be the seventh vice-chancellor to wear the chain of office. It was designed and produced by goldsmiths Margareth Sandström and Peter de Wit, and was a gift to the university from Linköping Municipality when it opened in 1975.

Photo credit Charlotte Perhammar“Historically, the installation was a public confirmation of who possessed the power and authority to control the university during the coming period, and exercise the associated jurisdiction. It still fills this function today. The symbolism of a chain of office that passes from one vice-chancellor to the next one emphasises this”, says Master of Ceremonies Camilla Smedberg.

Some previous installations have taken the form of a separate event, while others have been carried out during the Academic Photo credit Thor BalkhedCeremony. The installation this year will take place in Studenthuset on Campus Valla, Saturday 3 October, with only a few participants present. Jan-Ingvar Jönsson will give his installation speech at the event, describing what he will hopes to achieve as vice-chancellor. The ceremony is scheduled to take approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by dinner.
“The installation of the vice-chancellor is for invited guests only, and we will follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, which stipulate a maximum of 50 participants”, says Camilla Smedberg. The ceremony will, however, be filmed and available for viewing after the event.

As a consequence of the installation, Studenthuset will be closed on Saturday 3 October.

 

Translated by George Farrants


More about LiU's new vice-chancellor

Latest news from LiU

Portrait of a woman (Seetha Murty)

Two champions for children become honorary doctors

Indian principal Seetha Murty has worked with children’s and young people’s learning throughout her professional life. American professor Cindy W. Christian has devoted her career to developing the care of abused children.

Two researchers in a lab.

A single atom layer of gold – LiU researchers create goldene

For the first time, scientists have managed to create sheets of gold only a single atom layer thick. According to the researchers from LiU this has given the gold new properties that can make it suitable for use in various applications.

Researcher (Xenofon Strakosas) by a microscope.

Ten million donation for research position in electronic medicine

The Stig Wadström Foundation is donating around SEK ten million to LiU, to fund a research position in electronic medicine. The researcher chosen for this position is Xenophon Strakosas at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics in Norrköping.