NUAS Program for Leaders in Administration

Sustainable worklife in Nordic universities

Class of 2023-2024

NUAS established the Program for Leaders in Administration in 2011 and it has been very successful in its running.  This is a program targeted towards the needs of administrative leaders to enhance their professional skills, deepen their knowedge of leadership and create a Nordic network of professional administrators. Five NUAS Univeristy members lead the program:

University of Iceland

University of Helsinki Univeristy of Karlstad Oslo Metropolitan Univeristy University of Aalborg and University of the Faroe Islands


Participation list Code of conduct



Guðrún Margrét Eysteinsdóttir, University of Iceland

Sari R. Mikkola, University of Helsinki, Finland

Christer Clerwall, Karlstad University, Sweden

Solveig Merete Svantesen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Jónína Kárdal, University of Iceland


Sustainable worklife in Nordic universities

The overall theme of 2023-2024 program will focus on the role and responsibility of the administrative leader to create and maintain a sustainable work life in Nordic universities.


    • Increase participants’ insight into developments influencing administrative leadership in the Nordic higher education sector.
    • Examine important challenges and themes facing administrative leaders in the changing university environment.
    • Provide time and guidance for participants to reflect upon and develop their leadership roles.
    • Create an arena for professional networking and knowledge sharing.


The programme is designed around the roles and functions of administrative leaders in an academic setting. Each of the five host institutions is responsible for preparing the theme for their seminar, so the programme content as a whole is a result of a cooperation between the host institutions.

    • Participants learn about different Nordic HE institutions and gain insight in similarities and differences between organisational structures, institutions, and countries.
    • The programme covers a broad spectrum of themes related to the role that administrative leaders play in modern higher education.
    • Some themes are directly related to the role of the administrative leader at an academic institution, while others are related to the development in societal or financial demands that influence universities.

The role of leaders in administration in the Nordic HE context
 : Reykjavik Seminar

    • Leaders´ role in building a healthy and sustainable workplace 
    • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace – in a broad sense 
    • Leaders professional development and self awareness 

Change Management
 :  Helsinki seminar

    • Role of the leader in organizational change 
    • How to support the work community in the change 
    • Resilience of the leader in the change 

You, as a leader:  Karlstad Seminar

    • Self-awareness, and leadership
    • Openness, vulnerability, courage and trust, in leadership 
    • How you want to show up as a leader 

 Education in the Nordic countries  Building a Great Place to Work : Oslo Seminar

How should our future academic work life look like if we are to attract and retain talent?

    • The competitive edge of Nordic countries
    • Hybrid work and work – life balance

Future-proof organizations and regenerative leadership : Aalborg University/Faroe Islands seminar

    • A new approach to leadership logic
    • Creating more optimal conditions for well-being in the way we produce, lead and live


Information exchange and experience sharing is a core element of the programme.

    • Seminar programmes are developed to encourage active participation.
    • Seminars are organized with lectures, discussions, and workshops; networking and social activities are important elements.
    • Participants get insight into methods and tools, and have the opportunity to participate in peer-to-peer counseling with their Nordic colleagues.
    • Participants receive some homework between seminars, to try out exercises in practice and prepare them for sharing their experiences with others.



The program will span a 13 month period comprising five three day seminars in total.  Each of the five universities and countries will host the program on one occasion. Here you can find the seminar dates and places. Please note that the dates will be confirmed in due course.

Seminars Dates Host university
Seminar 1 June 6 – 7, 2023 University of Iceland
Seminar 2 September 18 – 20, 2023 University of Helsinki, Finland
Seminar 3 November 6 – 8, 2023 Karlstad University, Sweden
Seminar 4 February 5 – 7, 2024 Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Seminar 5 June 5-6, 2024 (2 whole days)  University of the Faroe Islands


Jón Atli Benediktsson 

Professor Jón Atli Benediktsson was elected Rector of the University of Iceland and President of the Governing Council in July 2015.  Jón Atli Benediktsson was a professor in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iceland and the Pro-Rector for Science and Academic Affairs before taking office and had held several administrative positions within the university. 

Professor Benediktsson earned his Ph.D. in 1990 from Purdue University in Indiana, USA. His research focuses on remote sensing, image analysis, signal processing, and biomedical engineering. He has authored and co-authored over 400 research papers and book chapters. He is a fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) (2004) and a fellow of SPIE (2013). He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher since 2018 and has received numerous awards for his research and scientific papers, including the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society’s Highest Impact Paper Award (2013). From 2003 to 2008, Jón Atli was the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He is currently a senior editor of IEEE’s flagship journal, Proceedings of IEEE. He served as President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society from 2011 to 2012. He has been a member of the IEEE Fellow Committee since 2014. 

Professor Benediktsson is a co-founder of Oxymap, a start-up company that has developed equipment and software for the diagnosis of eye disease using digital image analysis. Professor Benediktsson has served on Iceland’s Science and Technology Policy Council from 2003-to 2005 and since 2012. He is the Chair of the Icelandic Rectors’ Conference and a member of the European University Association’s council. 


Satu Teerikangas 

Dr. Satu Teerikangas is a Professor of Management and Organization at Turku School of Economics as well as an Honorary Professor at University College London. Satu’s research centres on the management of strategic change, a research theme set at the frontiers of strategic management, organization theory and organization development. Her focus in the study of strategic change centres on the management of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and sustainability transitions. 


Steinunn Gestsdóttir 

Steinunn Gestsdóttir is a Pro-rector of Academic Affairs and Development, and a Professor of Psychology, at the University of Iceland. She responsible for the implementation of the University’s strategy, as well as being responsible for the academic programs of the University. Her research focuses on the development and role of self-regulation in supporting healthy development in childhood and adolescence. 


Tore Tungodden 

Tore Tungodden is an assistant university director at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has held various leading administrative positions at the university, at the department and faculty level, and in the research institute. He is currently leading the steering group of UiB Tjenesteutvikling, an institutional project which focuses on cultural hacking and design thinking in nudging the university administration to become more flexible and user oriented in developing new services for staff and students. Tungodden is also a board member in the clusters Media Innovation Norway and Finance Innovation on behalf of the University of Bergen and chairman of the board of the national university newspaper Khrono. 


Berit Kollberg Rossiné  

Berit Kolberg Rossiné is the communications director at the University of Oslo. Previously, she has been communications director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, where she has also worked with crisis communication, digitalisation, and health campaigns in areas such as tobacco, mental health, stroke, and alcohol. She is concerned with using communication as a strategic tool to achieve goals – whether you’re about getting people to quit smoking, recruiting students, or facilitating communication at a university. She will address the challenges and joys of working with strategic communication at a university. 


Marianne Granfelt 

Marianne Granfelt obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Lund University. She taught at Universities in Sweden and Australia where she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. Coming back to Sweden she held a lecturing position and later a position as Head of Administration at Linköping University. This was followed by a position as University Director of Lund University. She was the Secretary General of the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) between 2012 and 2016. 

Since 2016 Marianne has worked as a consultant to several Swedish universities and the European Commission. Marianne Granfelt has been a member of the board of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and of the Nordic University Association (NUS). 


Søren Barlebo Rasmussen 




Thank you for your interest in the event. Due to high participation, registration for the 2022 NUAS Faculty Administration Workshop has been closed!


Early Bird Registration Fee 
ISK 83.000
Until May 1, 2022 

Standard Registration Fee
 ISK 95.000
After May 1, 2022  


Included in Registration Fees
Refreshments during breaks, lunches both workshop days, workshop dinner and social event. 

Please note 
There are 60 seats available – first come, first serve. The workshop is meant for member institutions only.