Press Release - Ambassador Harrison visits Umeå

Press Release - Ambassador Harrison visits Umeå

Press Release

Ambassador Harrison visits Umeå

Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison accompanied by First Secretary Ms. Bimla Rani Chander visited the university town of Umeå on February 13-14, 2014, where they were given an overview of the history, and business framework and facilities in this northern Swedish county, during a lunch that was graciously hosted by the Governor of Västerbotten Ms. Magdalena Andersson.

During the visit the ambassador also met with the President of the Executive Committee of the region, Mr. Erik Bergkvist who accompanied the delegation on a tour of HUMlab-X, a vibrant meeting place for students of humanities, culture and information technology and part of Umeå Arts Campus. While at the campus, Mr. Patrik Svensson, Director of this unique project explained the vision behind it.

Local Business leaders were also on hand to give presentations to the delegation that illustrated the wide range of commercial and academic strengths of the region. These included a presentation from Mr. Emanuel Dohi, CEO and Creative Director of Dohi Sweden, a company that produces innovative and original digital and audiovisual products; one from Mr. Kenneth Bodin, CEO, co-founder and board member of Algoryx, a leading provider of software and services for visual and interactive physics based-simulations and a presentation by ProcessIT Innovations, a joint governmental-industry-academic initiative that brings together the process and engineering industry with ICT suppliers and university researchers. The visitors were also given an insight into the tourism attractions by Annika Sandström, Director of Tourism, Region Västerbotten, followed by a fascinating tour of the newly opened Guitar Museum.

On the second day, the delegation visited the main campus of the University of Umeå, where Dr. Nawi Ng briefed them on public health education research collaborations between Umeå University and Indian institutions. Prof. Mikael Elofsson also briefed them about a collaborative research project on tuberculosis between the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research of India and Umeå Centre for Microbial Research.

To round off the visit, Vice Chancellor Ms. Lena Gustafsson made a presentation on the University and Dr. Rupali Bhalerao provided information about the Nordic Centre in India, to be hosted by Umeå University for a period of four years.  The last event of the programme was an address by the Ambassador to the students about present and future collaboration between contemporary India and Sweden, followed by an interaction.

Ambassador met with local media and told them about the potential for more exchanges and collaborations between India and the county of Västerbotten. “Umeå, the current capital of European Culture for 2014 should increase tourism from India to the city while hosting India’s Nordic Centre would make it a hub for contacts between different institutions in the two countries,” she said.