Head of UKÄ

The Swedish government has appointed Annika Pontén as deputy government head of UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Autority). In August, Anders Söderholm, will assume the position as new director general.

Annika Pontén, deputy head of UKÄ. Photo by: Denny Lorentzen

Annika Pontén, deputy head of UKÄ. Photo by: Denny Lorentzen

The former University Chancellor Harriet Wallberg left her position in September 2016 and the Swedish government appointed Annika Pontén as deputy government head of Swedish Higher Education Autority. Annika Pontén was previously Deputy head of mission and Head of higher education analysis at the Swedish Higher Education Autority.

Anders Söderholm and the Minister for higher education and research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson,

Anders Söderholm and the Minister for higher education and research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson,

Anders Söderholm new director general

On April 27th, Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for higher education and research, announced that Anders Söderholm will be the next director general for the Swedish Higher Education Autority.

Anders Söderholm will start his position in August 2017. He is currently secretary general of The Association of Swedish Higher Education. He has also been vice-chancellor at Umeå School of Business and Economics and Mid Sweden University. Anders Söderholm is a professor of business administration.

I am honoured by the trust expressed by the government and the minister in appointing me as the director general. Leading and developing UKÄ's operations is a large and complex mission, said Anders Söderholm.

It is particularly rewarding to be involved in the new mission regarding quality assurance of research. With this new mission, UKÄ's mandate becomes more complete while the higher education institutions will be more responsible for actively contributing to the quality assurance. It is a joint mission between UKÄ and the higher education institutions that I look forward to, said Anders Söderholm.