The fact that UMA is situated in a rural and relatively sparsely populated region of Sweden, at a time of extensive globalisation, creates an interesting outlook to its students, according to Betancour. “They come from many different places, something that opens possibilities for a broad and diverse perspective,” she explains. UMA also distinguishes itself through the integration of scientific, artistic and professional methods and means of study in an international profile. This autumn, a new master’s programme has started at UMA. “The new master’s programme in architecture and urban design is designed to promote diversity, flexibility, a larger and broader range of fields of knowledge, international collaboration, and other models of studio teaching,” the rector explains.