Jönköping University looking towards the future

”Our aim is to become a highly desirable employer, with a special emphasis on nurturing and retaining the exceptional talents we have at JU.”

Måns Svensson stepped into the role of President at Jönköping University (JU) on 1 April 2024. He believes that by improving the work environment and well-being of both students and staff, we can achieve our ambitious goals in terms of study quality and research.

Since its founding in 1994, JU has distinguished itself in many areas, but two that truly set it apart are its international profile and its close collaboration with both the public and private sectors.

How do you plan to further develop these aspects?

Higher education institutions globally are in a competitive race, both locally and internationally. Education has become a global marketplace, with institutions striving to attract talented students and top faculty while securing resources for research and education. Our internationalization efforts are crucial, but we mustn't become complacent. Collaboration is essential. By partnering with industry and the public sector, we can access expertise and resources to stay competitive and innovative on a global scale.

What are the key concerns for Jönköping University right now?

In our field, where knowledge and creativity are paramount, prioritizing people is essential. By enhancing the work environment and satisfaction for both students and staff, we can achieve our high standards in study quality and research. Right now, this is my main focus.

What can Jönköping University be most proud of?

I haven't been here for long, but I've already noticed several things that Jönköping University can take great pride in. The remarkable dedication shown by our students to our institution is truly impressive, especially evident during our recent Open House. Our faculty and researchers are deeply committed, consistently delivering high-quality education and groundbreaking research. And it's impossible to ignore the supportive and collaborative culture that permeates throughout our various service functions at the university.

How does Jönköping University differ from other academic institutions?

One aspect is, of course, that our unique organizational structure distinguishes us. Jönköping University operates as a foundation-owned group consisting of various limited companies, each representing a professional school. This setup provides us with a level of flexibility and autonomy that's quite unique.

What's your vision for Jönköping University?

I believe that shaping a shared vision for our institution should involve input from both staff and students. Currently, we're engaged in a strategic process to gather various ideas and perspectives. Ultimately, our board will decide on the overarching vision and strategies, but I also have my own aspirations. Firstly, I aim for us to leverage JU's existing strengths and continue evolving towards becoming one of the top universities globally. While it may seem like a lofty ambition, JU already ranks highly in international assessments. Additionally, I envision us as an appealing employer, adept at nurturing and retaining the exceptional talent within our community.

Looking ahead over the next 30 years, how do you think the university and the city will evolve?

Thirty years is quite far into the future, but I hope that in three decades, JU will be one of Europe's leading academic institutions with strong finances, playing a central role in generating knowledge that addresses future challenges on democratic grounds. I believe that Jönköping will continue to thrive as a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation, and business, attracting professionals to settle down and fostering a reputation for recreation and pristine natural surroundings.

Måns Svensson is a professor of sociology of law and has been the President of Jönköping University since 1 April 2024.


Måns Svensson has many years of leadership experience from both Lund University and Halmstad University, where he served as the head of the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Måns has been a member and chairman of research councils and has worked in various ways with working life and work environment-related issues, both in his research and in management functions. Among other things, he has been involved in building up the Centre for Work Environment and Leadership at Lund University, where he was also director for a number of years, and he has been chairman of the Forum for Working Life Research in Sweden (FALF).

As a sociologist of law, Måns has extensive experience of working in close co-operation with authorities and has contributed to various legislative processes. He has also led development work within the framework of LU innovation, including in collaboration with telecoms companies. Måns has a background as a reserve officer and is an active leader in the Swedish Home Guard.