President's Message and New Year Greetings

Dear EWORA Community,


I am deeply honored and excited to address you as the newly elected President of the European Women Rectors Association- EWORA. With great enthusiasm, I stepped into this role, and I am grateful for the confidence that the EWORA board members have in me. 


I am thrilled to extend my warmest greetings to every member of our network. Your support has shaped this EWORA into a strong community, and I am looking forward to communicating and collaborating with you to enhance and further strengthen our shared vision towards leadership and gender equality in academia. Together, we can continue to advance gender equality, inclusion, and diversity in higher education and research. Universities are universal and by sharing academic values like academic freedom and integrity we can contribute to a more equal and sustainable world.


Finally, I would like to thank EWORA's Founding President Professor Gulsun Saglamer for her fantastic passion and contributions in creating and developing EWORA. She will always be an honorary founding member of EWORA. Thank you Gulsun, you will always be my role model!


Dear all,


Reflecting on the past year, EWORA organized insightful webinars and hosted the 8th EWORA Conference titled "“Global Female Leadership and the Future of Universities”. " at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, on 2-3 Nov, 2023. Please explore our website and YouTube Channel for more details on these events. These initiatives were designed to foster gender equality in academia and create platforms for open dialogue.

I want to express my gratitude to every one of you for your contributions to this network of women academic leaders. I hope you will continue to support us in the years to come. While progress has been made, gender disparities persist, reminding us that our journey toward true equality is ongoing. Our collective efforts will make substantial progress toward a more equitable future. 

In the coming months, I look forward to engaging with each of you, listening to your insights, and learning more about the diverse perspectives in upcoming EWORA activities. 

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Best regards,

Prof. Kerstin Tham
President, EWORA & Vice-Chancellor, Malmö University