Universitetskajen is now completed and as from today, 18 January, in line with the plan that was established many years ago, we can officially say that all Linnaeus University’s facilities in Kalmar are gathered at the harbour. The unique, city-integrated university in central Kalmar now welcomes its two latest additions – Stella and Culmen, which join buildings Magna, Radix, Forma, and Vita.
At a small inauguration ceremony consisting of a fanfare and the first official flag hoisting, Catta Torhell, head librarian, spoke to cameras and journalists.
“This place will contribute to a sense of community, meetings and the creation of context, and, most importantly, it means that we are now gathered at one location, together”, says Catta Torhell.
Building Stella will function as the main entrance to Universitetskajen. The greater part of Stella is occupied by the University Library, but the building will also contain a café, study places, Linnaeus Union, Drivhuset, and Infocenter. In building Culmen, there is a large restaurant on the ground floor, two large lecture theatres (one with 250 seats), staff space, study places, and a conference floor.
“When this challenging and strange period is over, these great facilities will be waiting for us; students, visitors, and members of staff. Everything has been created to ensure that we have the best possible conditions for our activities”, Catta Torhell concludes.
Linnaeus University very much looks forward to the day when we can welcome all our students and members of staff to a gathered university in Kalmar. On account of the current circumstances, the big, official inauguration will have to wait. We will get back with more information to the public, staff and students during spring.
Below you will find photo and video from the small inauguration that took place today: