Per Laurell, CEO of Gävle Energi AB has been appointed to honorary doctor at the University of Gävle.
He will receive his mark of honor at the university’s academic ceremony later this spring.
Per Laurell, born 1952, civil engineer and MBA, has actively worked to stimulate research, development and education in relation to the interaction between the University of Gävle and the business life of the region.
One example of this is his participation at the establishment of the business and research school REESBE, the start of the regional project Klimatneutralt (climate neutral) and a competitive state of Gävleborg 2050. As well as the initiative to the electric car project, that engaged several researchers at the University of Gävle.
Per Laurell has in collaboration with the University of Gävle actively worked to establish the educational format Cooperative Education. Which is a form of education that collaborates with the surrounding society, allowing for the students to be able to find work outside of the university itself during their student time. Per Laurell took the initiative to the university’s first education of this type, which was a engineering education orientated towards energy systems. Per Laurell’s initiative has now resulted in around 80 companies and authorities collaborating with the University of Gävle and offering employment to students during their student time in this fashion.
The main theme in Per Laurell’s professional life has been the work with the energy industry, especially those that are connected to the development of the business life and growth, subjects that tangent the university’s regional assignment.
Per Laurell was of significant importance at the founding of the regional incubator company Movexum AB, which today is one of Sweden’s top incubator environments. Per Laurell soon realized the need of an innovative environment for innovative growth companies in our region.
Ceremony at academic holiday
Per Laurell will receive his mark of honor at the university’s academic ceremony April the 25th at the Gävle concert hall together with an additional two newly appointed honorary doctors, the Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi, as well as Arne Ljungkvist doctor and professor and one of the front figures in the work with anti-doping.