Dear colleagues and students,
Christmas and the festive season are fast approaching for most of us. The past year has been unlike anything we have ever experienced before. We have had to change both our private and our professional life. We have experienced anxiety and uncertainty, due to the pandemic and its aftermath in the form of socio-economic consequences.
I would like to thank you for your efforts this strange year. Flexibility has been required of all of us when new government announcements and restrictions have been announced one day and required quick adjustments from us the next. It has required patience and calm when the questions often have been many more than the answers. And it has required constructiveness and creativity when the ready-made solutions have not always been there. The problems caused by the e-mail crash have further contributed to frustration and demands for adjustments.
These experiences have certainly been testing for us, they have forced us to adapt and make quick decisions. We have shown that our operations are robust at all levels and stand on their own two feet even when circumstances change radically. It has been tough but also instructive. We take these experiences with us and let them shape our organization in the future.
With this knowledge of a stable and secure organization, I look forward to working with all of you next year. This means, among other things, increased educational assignments, many new students and new research grants, which we of course are looking forward to, but it is also a great responsibility. We will meet 2021 equipped with a new common vision for the university, a university for the world. The vision places emphasis on education and research of the highest quality. For the next 10 years, we will focus on contributing to a sustainable and knowledge-based societal development. And we will continue to be a cohesive organization that is an attractive workplace and study environment.
I would now like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope that you each get the opportunity to gain strength in something that fills you with energy and hope for the future.
Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg