On May 8:th, the Parliamentary Committee on Industry and Trade
visited UID. 17 politicians representing the entire Swedish
political spectrum were escorted around the premises by Rector
Johan Redström and Vice-Rector Maria Göransdotter. Although
interested in UID's history and core values, the diverse group of
parliamentarians seemed especially keen to talk to students and
learn about specific projects going on at UID.
Said Abdu, a young parliamentarian representing the Liberals, kept
reaching for his mobile to snap pictures of the students' posters
and display models.
"The students at campus were clearly very ambitious and
communicative. The whole place seemed a stimulating and creative
work environment. I really got the impression that the faculty were
aiming to foster a curious approach towards learning, seeing it as
a process that is not only done inside the walls of the school,
rather in many different networks, throughout life."
UID's track record of collaborating with external, often
corporate partners was of obvious interest to the members of the
Committee on Industry and Trade. As Rector Johan Redström talked
about the long tradition of incorporating real stakeholders in
society early on in the education process the twenty-something
politicians nodded along.
Said Abdu, himself an economist by training, was in
"Having an initial involvement from business, involving
different stakeholders from society and market early on in the
process is, in my view, a very important step in the learning
process as well as a key towards becoming successful in your future