The three presidents: Sigrid Karlsson (KTH), Astrid Söderbergh Widding (SU) and Olle Petter Ottersen (KI) aboard the ship Briggen Tre Kronor.
The three presidents: Sigbritt Karlsson (KTH), Astrid Söderbergh Widding (SU) and Ole Peter Ottersen (KI) aboard the ship Briggen Tre Kronor. Photo: Sören Andersson.

The purpose of the alliance is to strengthen the development of the Stockholm region and to increase the visibility of the internationally prominent research and education environment that the three universities constitute together.

"Together we have a common vision that will be of importance to Stockholm, to the region and to Sweden as a knowledge nation," said President Astrid Söderbergh Widding, who together with colleagues Sigrid Karlsson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), and Olle Petter Ottersen (KI) presented the Stockholm trio collaboration at an event on the ship Briggen Tre Kronor.

Olle Petter Ottersen (KI), Sigrid Karlsson (KTH), and Astrid Söderbergh Widding (SU).
Ole Peter Ottersen (KI), Sigbritt Karlsson (KTH), and Astrid Söderbergh Widding (SU). Photo: Sören Andersson.

Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University are all strong institutions in their respective fields. Together, the three universities form a comprehensive academic environment that stands out in an international comparison.

"We have are lucky to complement each other, and we do not compete. In this collaboration there are several international role models that we have looked at," said President Astrid Söderbergh Widding.

The event took place during the Swedish political week, Almedalsveckan, at Briggen Tre Kronor in Visby harbour, on the island of Gotland. The event gathered around eighty representatives from within the areas of research, education, the municipalities and the region.

The agreement, signed by the three presidents on 27 May, aims, among other things, to create new conditions for university-wide research and education, to clarify the outstanding academic environment that the parties together constitute, and to strengthen the administrative support of the universities.

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