(Still under construction, please bear with some "imperfections"
yet a little time!)
According to ,
you are visitor number at my home page.
This is I
and this is my family.
This is Lund University, Sweden.
I'm a 51-year old MSSc in Political Science and I also hold a MBA degree, both from Lund University. During the 1970's I was a post-graduate student working on a PhD dissertation in Political Science, but at the end of that decade I got my first appointments at the University's Administration. Since then, I have held various administrative positions at the University (latest as Head of the Personnel Division). Since April 15th, 1996, I'm Director of Projects at the Vice-Chancellor's Office. Currently, I'm working with three major tasks:
1) A new computerized system for personnel administration. Here, you can obtain further information (only in Swedish, I'm afraid) about this nation-wide project, "Primula-projektet".
2) A mutual project between the universities in Lund and Vilnius on the development of their administrative functions. Here is the official homepage of Vilnius University.
3) Different questions about the terms of employment (working hours, sidelines a.s.o.) for the university's academic staff.
Once again, why not try the official homepage of Lund University?
I'm married since some 28 years and we have two sons. My wife Gunilla (sorry, in Sweden it's considered unpolite to disclose a lady's age!) holds a BEd and a MA in languages. She works as a secondary school teacher in English and German here in Lund. Here is a link (in Swedish) to her school, Lerbäckskolan.
Our elder son, Eskil (soon 23), is studying Theoretical Physics Engineering at the University's School of Technology. He is also a part-time instructor at the University's Student Computer Project. Visit his own homepage, and learn a little about the Student Computer Project (in Swedish only)! Good luck!
Our younger son, Birger (18), is still studying the Natural Sciences programme at Lund's (and Scandinavia's!) eldest upper secondary school, called the "Cathedral School" (which is counting its origin back to around 1086, when King Canute the Holy presented a large donation to the Church). In June 1997 he will finish his graduating exam (usually still called "student's examination" in Sweden). Here is a link (in Swedish) to Birger's school.
(Gunilla and Birger are still working on their own home pages. Hopefully, they will appear soon!)
Why not learn a little about Lund and of its history? Here is also a link to the community's official homepage.
On December 4th, 1676, the ferocius Battle of Lund raged immediately outside the town gate north of Lund. I and my family live in a house, which is situated upon the battle-ground of 1676. Why not learn a little more about the battle?
Lund's most famous visit in "big world politics" occurred in the years of 1716-18, when King Charles XII (after escaping from his "visit" to Bender in Turkey after the unfortunate battle of Poltava) ruled Sweden from his temporary quarters in Lund.
Lund University, where I work, was founded in 1666. Why not learn a little more about the university?
In my leisure time (whenever will that be?) I like reading ("everything" from historical novels to detective stories) and listening to various kinds of music (from classical music and grand operas to "adult pop music" and military marches). I'm very interested in information technology and computers (including computer gaming, preferably "strategy games"). My favourite subjects are history/politics and arts/music.
I'm also interested in geneaology, following my and my family's "roots" back to (at present) the 18th century; both I and my wife have relatives in Great Britain and in the US, whom we try to keep in touch with. By the way, the surname "Swahn" (meaning just "swan") is a soldier's (boatswain's) name from the 18th century. Names of these kinds (of animals, weapons, or "virtues") are very common in Sweden: "Deer", "Eagle", "Lance", "Shield", "Brave", "Quick", a.s.o..
I like good food, exotic and/or exclusive dishes as well as traditional Swedish "homely fares". Together with the food, I like a (moderately) cold beer, for instance a large jug of German wheat beer (preferably "Dunkles", "mit Hefe", preferably together with a slice of lemon). On our holidays, I and my family like travelling (mostly by car) to different parts of Europe. Our "favourite countries" are Austria and Germany, which we have visited many times.
Here are some links (some really funny, some "educating" in one
aspect or another, and some just a little "weird"), that I recommend
to you all for trying some times:
Don't forget to save these bookmarks!
Any comments and suggestions are welcome to my e-mail address (Urban.Swahn@rektor.lu.se)? I will try to answer all letters promptly!