Mid Sweden University - The Foundation for a new University | 1993 |

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The discussions concerning a deeper collaboration between the University College of Sundsvall/Härnösand and the University College of Östersund picked up momentum in the autumn of 1990 and the university college boards as well as both county governors were involved.

The conditions for a development project with the ambition of establishing a university in the region by the turn of the century were examined in a preliminary study in 1991. The Project received a lot of support and it led to the start of the five-year Omega project in the autumn of 1991. An important starting point was that it was not investment in regional policy, but about contributing to the national and international academic system. The project motto became: "Sweden needs a new university.” What it meant was not just another university among many others, but a new university born out a new way of thinking.

In the summer of 1992, the university colleges came to realize that in order for them to sound credible in their claims about the need for this new university, they ought to merge into a combined seat of learning as soon as possible. On 26 November, the university college boards came to an agreement to submit a request to the government to form a new University college on 1 July 1993. The government gave the go-ahead and by order of the boards, the Vice-Chancellors made the decision that the name of the new university college would be Mid Sweden University.

Alf Gunnmo writes in Mid Sweden University’s anniversary publication (2003): A matter of great symbolic and practical significance was the Master’s examination that took place in the academic year of 1992/93. Owing to the fact that the group of assessors, headed by the former Chancellor of the Swedish Universities Carl-Gustaf Andrén, made a collective assessment of the resources at the two university colleges, Mid Sweden University could begin its activities with the right to award the Master’s Degree in seven subjects. This demonstrated to everyone that we were stronger together than apart. The alternative had been the right to award the Master’s Degree in only one subject, chemistry, in Sundsvall.