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A warm welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

31/08/2020

Welcome to Stockholm University of the Arts!

On behalf of the entire staff I am happy to welcome you all to the start of the new academic year. In particular I wish to welcome our international and new students. You have all made a good choice and we are delighted that you have chosen to study here with us.

I am immensely proud of the arts education that SKH offers. All of our courses and programmes are attractive – and as you probably know - there are a lot of applicants for very few places. This means that you have already faced very hard competition which in turn suggests that you are already very competent in your respective areas!

Independent artistic expression is an important cornerstone of our democratic society. Remember this. You who are students today are the artists of the future - you will all play a key role in the arts and culture in the coming decades. I already want to thank you for choosing to study in this essential area! We are artists and teachers and students. What we work with, what our artistic learning environment is about, can and should influence society around us. We change the world through the transfer of our knowledge through the arts that we make.

In the meantime, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic that has affected all of us wherever we are. In a more normal year we would have had the opportunity to welcome you all to the new academic year in a joint live welcome ceremony, where you would have had the chance to meet students and teachers from across the University and get an impression of the breadth of different studies and artistic research that is carried out at SKH.

Allow me to at least present the leadership of the education and research:

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Top row from left: Paula Crabtree,Vice-Chancellor, Eli Bø, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Cecilia Roos, Vice-Rector for Research, Walter Ferrero, Head of Department of Circus, Kristine Slettevold, Head of Department of Dance.
Bottom row from the left: Pia Muchin, Acting Head of Department of Dance Pedagogy, Maria Hedman Hvitfeldt, Head of Department of Film and Media, Lise-Lotte Axelsson, Head of Department of Opera, Johanna Garpe, Head of Department of Performing Arts, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Head of Department of Acting.

 

Because of Covid-19 we will still need to balance our necessary educational and research activities with the continued need for physical distancing. Some courses, or parts of courses will have to be online, in fact we have seen that some parts of our education function better online. We must continue with the other measures that have been implemented to minimize the risk of COVID virus transmission - for more information please read our guidelines.

Our main concern must be with each other– yours/our/ the society’s safety has to be our foremost priority. Working inside the university campus has to be both safe and responsible and that responsibility belongs to each and every one of us. We may have to adjust our strategies concerning Covid-19 and plan for different scenarios should the requirement arise. In this case we will all need to engage and help each other.

SKH conducts education and artistic research within a range of programmes and courses. Our educational programmes undergo continuous development and the close links we make between our education and artistic research is underlined. This contributes to our position and visibility both internationally and nationally. At the same time, our emphasis is upon teamwork, participation, openness, equality, diversity, sustainability and not least respect for each other.

At SKH you can gather, exchange ideas and thoughts, and develop skills and insights both individually and collectively. Be open to the idea that education will change you - that you will develop greater goals and different ideas. But just remember you are here to learn and to fail and to learn from that too. We look forward to working with you and to take part in your development as artists and teachers.

For now, I wish you all a truly rewarding year that is crammed with new experiences and knowledge! Take care of each other.

/ Paula