From Beijing to Shanghai
Internationalisation is the watchword everywhere in a globalised academic world. It is easy to talk about and easy to sign the agreement, but it requires dedication, hard work and perseverance to get the agreements to work in practice.
Several of our visits this time have been about re-activating existing central agreements and planning for how they can be developed and implemented at the local level. Our Chinese partners are important to Stockholm University, and we want to cooperate through bilateral agreements, enabling mutual exchange in both research and education.
Yesterday we went to Shanghai, where we visited the Swedish Consulate. We also visited Shanghai Jiaotong University, where we have a central agreement with great potential.
With Fudan University in Shanghai, we have had good relations for a long time, through an active exchange programme within the framework of a central agreement that we have just renewed. At Fudan there is also the Nordic Centre that turns 20 this year, and which offers Ph.D. students and researchers from member universities excellent opportunities for shorter research stays. But even with the rest of Fudan, there are development opportunities: we will now sign another local agreement between departments of mathematics in our respective universities.
(Note: This blog post was originally posted on the Vice-Chancellor's Swedish blog on 15 January 2015).
January 22, 2015