15 June, 2012 - 16:09 to 16 June, 2012 - 16:10

This year’s SG Network General Assembly will be held at the University of Malmö between 15-16 June 2012. The conference theme is Engaging with Regions: Universities as drivers of economic and social change.

The event will focus on the question of universities’ regional engagement, and how can they contribute to promoting social and economic development, better integrate into local communities and be a key and strategic player in local and regional governance. This raises issues of innovation and creativity and the idea that to be successful, universities need to adopt ‘smart’ strategies. Given the location of the meeting at Malmö near the southern tip of Sweden and close to Denmark, it is also hoped to give a cross-border dimension to this theme.
The first part of the conference day will be devoted to keynote speakers involving recognised international specialists in this field such as Prof. John Goddard from Newcastle University, Jaana Puukka from OECD and Daniel Sandström, editor of the local newspaper.
Finally, after the review of the Group’s finances and operational activities in 2011 we will move on to the election of a new president and new committee members, followed by the presentation of activities and the budget for 2012-13.

We are looking forward to seeing all our members in Malmö!
Here, you can find the PROGRAMME of the SG General Assembly 2012.

Presentations GA 2012

John Goddard

"Connecting Universities to Regional Growth"

Jaana Puukka

"Universities driving stronger, fairer and cleaner cities & regions. Lessons from the OECD reviews of higher education in regional and city development"

Karin Johansson-Mex

"MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative at Malmö University"

Lorenza Rega

"The University of Trieste moving towards a federative system"

Ryszard Białecki

"Interaction of the Silesan University of Technology with industry, local governmente and education system in Upper Silesia"

Eva Engquist

"Malmö University"

John Tuppen

"SG Review 2008-12"

Wioletta Wegorowska

"SG Projects 2012-13"

The accommondation will be at the Astoria Hotel, which the SG har already pre-booked for the participants.

Grabrodersgatan 7,
Malmö 21121,


Malmö is called the City of Parks, and of all Swedish cities they have the highest concentration of restaurants per capita. That’s why the city is also very famous for its food. Malmö is a popular visitation spot, among other, due to its shopping, spa and museum opportunities. For a list of attractions, see here.

For more information on the Malmö University please click here.
For more information on the city of Malmö please click here or here.

How to get to Malmö

There are two ways of going to Malmö. Either, you can fly from your destination to Malmö, or you can fly to Copenhagen, and then take a train to Malmö. As the Copenhagen airport is bigger and offers more connections, this might be the easiest option. To se maps of the area, we suggest using Google Maps.

Go to Malmo by plane
Search for airfares to Malmö, by clicking here.

Fly to Copenhagen
For planes to Copenhagen, see this link.

Copenhagen to Malmö by Train
Taking the train from Copenhagen to Malmö is a very popular option and only takes 35 minutes across the famous Oresund Bridge. The train departs either city's central train station every 20 minutes, and stops intermittently (e.g. at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport). The advantage here is a flexible schedule and low price since you won't have to pay bridge toll. You can purchase your ticket locally, or order flexible train passes for Denmark and Sweden at before you go so you do not have to worry about getting tickets.