Cecilia Christersson

Cecilia Christersson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement and Challenge Based Learning at Malmö University, where she previously served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, with education, internationalisation and quality development, in her portfolio. As a dentist, holding a PhD and a specialist licence in prosthetic dentistry, Cecilia is associate professor in Prosthetic Dentistry and Dental Materials Science. She was part of introducing problem based learning to the dental curriculum in the 1990s´and she served as the chair of the department of Technology and Dental Material Science at the Faculty of Odontology prior to her DVC appointment. As the Director of the Dental Education Admission Committee she leads the work to establish an alternative admission procedure to widen access to dental education. During 2012 - 2013 Cecilia held the position as the second female president for the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE). During her presidency special attention was given to the recognition of professional qualifications which enables the free movement of professionals within the EU. In 2015 she led an international conference in Tanzania on behalf of SUHF, IUA, HEEFA, and SIDA – Learning together for Change: advancing education for all through higher education. This conference resulted in the “Arusha declaration on Higher education for All” which was handed over to UNESCO in preparation for the upcoming SDG framework. Overseeing the Malmö University´s agenda on global engagement she also serves as the chair of the national committee for refugee related issues in the Association of Higher Education Insitutions in Sweden (SUHF) since 2016. Special emphasis is directed to promote changes of policies and regulations to improve access to HE for academic refugees. Cecilia is the recipient of the Value Based Leadership Award of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (USA) and the Janne Carlsson Award for Academic Leadership of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden). She embraces a wide international academic network with focus on value based leadership and equity education for sustainable development.