University leaders sign exchange agreements. Photo: Darrell Hoemann/The Champaign News-Gazette
University leaders sign exchange agreements. Photo: Darrell Hoemann/The Champaign News-Gazette
 
 
Cooperation between the universities was initiated by the University of Illinois who wanted to to build a research and teaching alliance as well as more broadly build relations with Stockholm. The alliance, named Inspire, seeks to foster more intensive cooperation than currently exists.
 
Over two days at the end of April, 24 people from Stockholm visited the University of Illinois, which is situated two hours south of Chicago. Participants from Stockholm University included the Vice-Chancellor Kåre Bremer and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Lena Gerholm, academic representatives and staff from the administrative section responsible for external contact. In addition, staff from the Section for International Student Mobility attended as well as Erica Rose, an International Student Coordinator at Stockholm University’s Student Union.
 
Cooperation Established
 
Prior to the agreement, an internal survey revealed that research contacts already existed between the faculties of Stockholm University and the University of Illinois. In March, researchers in Linguistics and Scandinavian Languages attended a symposium in Urbana, demonstrating the potential which exists for cooperation in research; similar gatherings can happen in multiple disciplines.
 
An agreement has been signed allowing for 10 student exchanges per year. This is considerably more than the agreements between Stockholm University and other universities, where exchanges are of between one to four students per year.
 
“I think it is interesting to deepen our cooperation with a select group of foreign universities and the University of Illinois is an American university of high quality, which suits us well,” says Vice-Chancellor Kåre Bremer.
 
“It is also rewarding to do this in collaboration with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute,” added the Vice-Chancellor, who in recent years has frequently cited the importance of collaboration between Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute.
 
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