MDU's Management and Board

MDU is a public authority. The overall operations of the University are led by the University Board. The Vice-Chancellor is head of the authority and reports directly to the Board.

University Board

The University Board makes the overall decisions at MDU, and its areas of responsibility include the allocation of resources, and decisions on strategy and policy issues.

Seven members of the University Board are appointed by the Government, and these members represent society and industry.

Members of the Board include the Vice-Chancellor of the University, three representatives for the teaching staff and three representatives for the students.


The Vice-Chancellor, who is appointed by the Government, is head of the University. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor is the Vice-Chancellor’s deputy, and the University Director considers matters based on the Vice-Chancellor’s decisions. A Deputy Vice-Chancellor also works with collaboration with industry.

Management Group and Deans' Group

At MDU there is a Management Group that gives advice and support to the Vice-Chancellor in both strategic and current management issues. There is also a Deans’ Group, that is tasked with discussing common university and management issues.

Management group

Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor

  • Professor Jonas Stier, Adviser, Research and Doctoral education

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board has the overall responsibility for quality issues in the University’s research and third-cycle education, as well as first-cycle and second-cycle education. Four committees work with the Faculty Board who consider matters and make certain decisions.


  • Decan Daniel Sundmark

Teacher members

  • Pro-Dean College of Health and Welfare Lena Almqvist
  • Pro-Dean College of Technology Jessica Bruch
  • Pro-Dean College of Education Anna Ehrlin
  • Pro-Dean College of Business Studies, Economics and Political Science Cecilia Lindh
  • Lena-Karin Gustafsson, teacher representative, College of Health and Welfare
  • Rikard Lindell, teacher representative, College of Technology
  • Karin Molander Danielsson, teacher representative, College of Education
  • Lars Widell, teacher representative, Business Studies, Economics and Political Science​​​​​​​​​​​

External members

  • Oskar Bruce, Alfa Laval
  • Åsa Lundkvist, Västerås stad
  • Kristina Säfsten, Jönköping University

Student members

  • Victor Azamfirei, PhD student
  • Lova Libert, student
  • ​​​​​​Vakant, student

Teacher representatives to the Committee on Technology

  • Lars Hellström
  • Rikard Lindell
  • Kristina Lundqvist
  • Christer Nygren
  • Amir Vadiee

Teacher representatives to the Committee on Economics

  • Eva Maaninen-Olsson
  • Madeleine Lundberg
  • Johan Grinbergs
  • Lars Widell

Teacher representatives to the Committee on Health and Welfare

  • Maria Elvén
  • Lena-Karin Gustafsson
  • Robert Larsson
  • Lena Marmstål Hammar
  • Sylvia Olsson

Teacher representatives to the Committee on Education

  • Thorsten Schröter
  • Johannes Rytzler
  • Pernilla Kallberg
  • ​​​​​​​Maria Larsson
  • Karin Molander Danielsson


Education and research is conducted at MDU's four Schools: the School of Business, Society and Engineering (EST); the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare (HVV); the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDT), and the School of Education, Culture and Communication (UKK).

University Management

The University Management ensures that there are well-functioning processes within its power as a public authority towards individuals, student service, staff, finance, communications, management of premises, IT support, legal matters and management support.

Management is also responsible for the library, provision of scientific information and supporting scientific publication.

The University Management has a coordinating responsibility for considering matters ahead of decisions taken by the University Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the Faculty Board.

Study at MDU

MDU's degree programmes.

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MDU – the Co-producing University.

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Research for value and benefit.

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An International University

International activities are very important at Mälardalen University and the co-production profile is as important in the international activities,

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Work environment

In 1999 Mälardalen University became the first higher education institution (HEI) in the world to be environmentally certified, and in 2006 the University also became the first in Sweden to be work environment certified.

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Sustainable development

Our commitment to sustanability continues to grow. In 2019, MDH signed the Climate Framework along with 35 other Swedish universities.

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