U-Share – background and aims

Uppsala is home to two universities, Uppsala University (UU) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), that are internationally renowned in their respective scientific areas and complement each other’s subjects. In many areas there are already well-established collaborations between the universities but the university managements have found it strategically valuable to encourage such interactions more widely and consistently.

To this end the U-Share project was established. The basis for our work is that an increased collaboration should be based on the research profiles of the two universities, and that collaboration should strengthen the universities’ identities and be useful for both parties. With an increased collaboration UU and SLU should be able to conduct research and provide education that cannot be performed anywhere else in Sweden.

Collaboration in research, education and infrastructure

U-Share focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on interactions between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at SLU and the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy at UU. The ambition is support and stimulate research ideas that benefit from collaboration and to work for increased mobility for researchers, students and teachers, which in turn can develop into new collaborations e.g. as PhD student projects.

One of our aims is to develop a joint infrastructure for experimental surgery on large animals. At SLU there are facilities and know-how available in this field that can be developed into an infrastructure that is one of its kind in Sweden. This activity is planned in close collaboration between researchers at both universities, to make sure that the experimental and animal care requirements are fulfilled.