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Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Higher Education and Research.

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Visit from Japan and Canada

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Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson received ministers from Japan and Canada last Friday.

Minister for Higher Education and Research Helen Hellmark Knutsson and Canada’s Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan.
Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson and Canada’s Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. Photo: Klas-Herman Lundgren/Government offices

Dr Tsutomu Tomioka, Japan's State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was in Sweden in connection with the Nobel Prize; two of this year's laureates are Japanese.

The ministers discussed Japan's research successes, the fruitful research collaboration between Sweden and Japan and potential areas for future cooperation. Both countries are very positive about their collaboration, which they would like to see deepened and developed.

Japan and Sweden have had a technology and science cooperation agreement since 1999. Sweden and Japan are facing a number of common challenges, including an ageing population and the impact of globalisation, which require major research investments.

Canada's Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan also visited Ms Hellmark Knutsson. Ms Duncan was also in Sweden to celebrate this year's Canadian Nobel Prize laureate.

Ms Duncan took up her post in November after Canada's change of government. During the meeting with Ms Hellmark Knutsson, Ms Duncan spoke about the upcoming Swedish Research Bill, the role of science in decision-making and research collaboration.

The most timely area for research collaboration is polar research. Sweden and Canada have also entered into an Arctic research partnership through a joint expedition with Swedish research vessel Oden in mid-2016.

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Higher Education and Research.

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Higher Education and Research.