The University of Gävle appoints three honorary doctors

The University of Gävle appoints three honorary doctors who will receive the mark of honor at the University academic ceremony in April. The three honorary doctors are the Egyptian author Dr Nawal El Saadawi, Professor Arne Ljungkvist and Per Laurell, CEO of Gävle Energi.

- The honorary doctorates are linked, in a brilliant way to our activities and they emphasize the importance of higher education and scientific research in the region of Gävleborg, according to Mats Sjöstrand chairman of the University board.

- Our honorary doctors are strongly connected to our vision and we hope that they will consider themselves as ambassadors of our university, states vice-chancellor Maj-Britt Johansson.

Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi, born 1931, is one of the most respectable of the Arab speaking female writers. Her literature is widely spread all over the world and she has received several awards, among them the Stig Dagerman award in 2012.

Nawal El Saadawi has also been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. Nawal El Saadawi’s lifework, not the least concerning the fight for women’s rights, is strongly connected to the vision of the University of Gävle – For a sustainable human living environment.

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Arne Ljungqvist.

Arne Ljungkvist born 1931, doctor and professor, is the foremost international front figure for the work with anti-doping within sports.

Through the Professor Arne Ljungqvist Anti-doping Foundation he has highlighted doping as a social problem. Using the foundation he has also boosted the newly founded sport scientific program and the research of anti-doping of the University of Gävle.

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Per Laurell.

Per Laurell, born 1952, is a civil engineer, MBA and also CEO of Gävle Energi since 2006.

He has actively engaged himself in education, research and development in the interaction between the University of Gävle and the business life of the Gävleborg region. His dedication has a clear connection to the university’s profile area - Built Environment.

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Nawal El Saadawi, Arne Ljungkvist and Per Laurell will receive their mark of honors at the university’s academic ceremony April the 25th at the Gävle concert hall.




For further information please contact:
Maj-Britt Johansson, vice-chancellor, 026-64 85 10 or 070-656 41 26.
Mats Sjöstrand, chairman of the University board, 072-225 61 33



Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2014-02-20
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