Participation and commitment earn MDU’s Collaboration Medal

Helena Jerregård Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Collaboration at MDU, Lars Wiklander Head of Network Control, Grid Automation Europe at Hitachi Energy and Johan Frisk Collaboration Coordinator at MDU.

MDU’s Collaboration Medal is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions in support of the University’s collaboration and co-production profile. The Medal will be awarded by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Collaboration at MDU during the Academic Ceremony, which celebrates academic performance according to tradition.

Lars Wiklander, Hitachi Energy, receive the Collaboration Medal 2024

The fact that Lars Wiklander will receive the Collaboration Medal this year is great news, it is people who make collaboration possible, and Lars is a role model in this aspect who always sees possibilities and solutions. Lars is well able to engage his team at Hitatchi Energy so that together we can reinforce collaboration in both education and research with the overall objective of creating a more sustainable world, says Helena Jerregård, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Collaboration at MDU.

Grounds for the decision:

Lars Wiklander has shown a huge level of commitment and initiative which exceeds expectations in cooperation with MDU. Through his progressive approach, strong determination to explore new ideas and responsiveness to change, Lars Wiklander has played a crucial role in promoting innovation and enhancing the ties between Hitachi Energy and MDU. His ability to actively participate in various initiatives and encourage cooperation has been a key factor in the success of the partnership. Lars has not only been present in person at important discussions but has also been a driving force behind several groundbreaking projects, including the University's investment in Finnslätten.

Thanks to his courage, drive and dedication which boosts cooperation between MDU and Hitachi Energy, Lars Wiklander is an extremely worthy candidate to receive MDU’s Collaboration Medal for 2024.

Increased focus on collaboration

It’s a great honour for me and Hitachi Energy to receive the 2024 Collaboration Medal from MDU. Working closely with a newly appointed university is so inspiring and provides fantastic opportunities to develop our organisation, with other partners and with students and researchers at MDU. We hope to increase our focus on collaboration in the future as we believe that this is crucial for driving the renewable transition and enabling sustainable energy for everyone for years to come, says Lars Wiklander.

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