Stockholm University’s international collaborations – alliances, partnerships and exchanges
Stockholm University actively contributes to expanding and deepening international collaboration, a key to high-quality research and education. We collaborate with universities all over the world as well as businesses and organisations in Sweden and beyond.
Sweden has a strong tradition of collaborating with the Nordics and wider Europe. We actively work with education and research collaborations in the Nordics and Europe as well as creating long-term partnerships outside of Europe. Through international collaborations, Stockholm University works toward achieving the global goals of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.
A leading european university
Ranked among the world’s top 100 universities, Stockholm University is a European leader in higher education and research in the human sciences and natural sciences. Knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth, alongside critical thinking, are ideals that have characterised Stockholm University ever since its inception in 1878. Today Stockholm University is a leading research university characterised by independent basic research and strong applied research.
Global engagement – a long-term plan for international activities
In many research and educational areas, Stockholm University is one of the most eminent higher education institutions in the world. International collaboration is a prerequisite for high quality research and education. This international work proceeds from the Global Engagement plan which was launched in 2019.
The plan for internationalisation is based on Stockholm University’s comprehensive strategy, which strives for:
- an international academic environment that is imbued with excellence
- improved conditions for international recruitment, mobility and collaboration
- increased visibility and presence on international research and education arenas.
Read more about Global Engagement – SU’s action plan for internationalisation.
International partner universities
To strengthen international academic collaboration, Stockholm University works together with partner universities in many countries on both research and education.
ACCESS – Academic Collaboration Chile and Sweden
Stockholm University, along with other Swedish universities, have joined an academic collaboration project with a number of Chilean universities, ACCESS.
ASIAQ – The Arctic Science IntegrAtion Quest
The ASIAQ project unites six universities from four countries - Russia, Japan, USA and Sweden - in developing research and education for a sustainable Arctic. The project is funded by STINT, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.
CALIE, the Sweden-USA Project for Collaboration, Academic Leadership and Innovation in Higher Education) is an international collaboration among four Swedish universities and three American ones: Stanford University, University of Washington, and University of California, Berkeley. The project, financed by Vinnova from 2019-2021, is a strategic collaboration that will strengthen the Swedish universities and colleges vis-à-vis innovation in higher education and academic leadership.
Since 2019, Stockholm University has been a member of CIVIS, the European Civic University Alliance, which brings together over 384,000 students and 55,000 employees at eight European universities.
The purpose of CIVIS is to facilitate collaboration over national borders and to increase the mobility of students, teachers and other personnel. Within the alliance, Stockholm University is responsible for building hubs for shared educational programmes, research collaboration, and collaborations addressing various societal challenges.
The alliance is funded for three years from the EU commission’s initiative, European Universities, with the possibility for renewal.
MSI – Forum for Social Innovation Sweden
As outlined in Vinnova, Stockholm University and five other universities are establishing regional knowledge centres known as Mötesplats Social Innovation (MSI) (Forum for Social Innovation, Sweden). The regional nodes will increase knowledge about and create meeting places for promoting social innovation, social entrepreneurship and socially focused companies.
SASUF – South Africa-Sweden University Forum
A collaboration between Swedish universities and universities in South Africa. The project includes twelve Swedish and twenty-five South African universities working together on climate, societal change, health systems, urbanisation and digital technology. The project is financed by STINT, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.
Stockholm trio university alliance
Stockholm trio is an alliance for collaboration among Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Stockholm University. Started in 2019, Stockholm trio seeks to clarify and provide a framework for collaboration among the three universities. It is also meant to increase visibility locally, regionally and internationally.
The alliance will promote international collaboration with leading universities and increase the international recruiting power of the universities in addition to strengthening development in the Stockholm region. It will also increase visibility of the internationally leading research and educational environments at the three universities.
SUUN – Stockholm-Uppsala University Network
The network includes the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University. The network’s vision is to position the region as one of the leading sites for knowledge in the world through the collective strength of their research and the quality of their university education.
University of Helsinki
Stockholm University and the University of Helsinki have had a strategic partnership since 2014. The collaboration includes both research and education, and a framework sets aside funds for three different areas: the Baltic Sea Centre; the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism; and work on language and language development within the human science area.
University of Tokyo
Stockholm’s three foremost universities, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet and the Royal Institute of Technology have established a mutual collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Japan’s leading institute of higher learning. The collaboration, which includes both research and education, is driven by the ideals of excellence, interdisciplinarity, and relevance to society. In addition to the exchange of researchers and students, the universities work together on the development of teaching and learning.
Businesses and organisations
Departments at each faculty of the university – natural sciences, social sciences, law, and the humanities – collaborate with businesses and organisations, both large and small.
Baltic Sea Centre – collaborating with the community
Baltic Sea Centre’s mission is to strengthen and illuminate the significant marine activities conducted at the university. Collaborations can be with other universities and experts, with other organisations, or with actors from other parts of society.
A unique combination of researchers and communicators work to expand knowledge about the sea and improve society’s response to different environmental problems. The centre provides scientific support for decisions related to the Baltic Sea and ensures that its research results are useful to society.
Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen
The new Baltic Sea Science Centre will create a world-class locus for learning. Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) provide scientific support for the centre’s exhibitions and activities.
NEO – Navarino Environmentral Observatory research station
Researchers at Stockholm University and the Academy of Athens, distinguished in the fields of climate and environmental research, run the Navarino Environmental Observatory, situated in the Kalamata region. The Greek company TEMES specialises in ecotourism. The Observatory is a base for both researchers and students from the two primary universities and the world over to study the climate of the Mediterranean.
SEI – Stockholm Environment Institute
Stockholm University and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have a strong collaboration around environmental and development issues. University President Astrid Söderbergh Widding is a board member and the institute’s researchers are able to be affiliated with the university.
SUITS – The Institute for Turkish Studies
SUITS contributes to a broad and well informed understanding of Turkey and Turkish affairs in academia, civil society, government, and the private sector in Europe as well as the rest of the world.
National and international networks
Researchers at Stockholm University are among the most cited in the Nordics. Our researchers also participate in governmental reviews, the media, advising on legislation, and sitting on the Nobel Committee and other expert groups.
With its distinguished research, Stockholm University is engaged in diverse national and international collaborations. Researchers are free to pursue collaborations and ways of working that further knowledge. This foundation helps to create projects at the frontiers of research.
The university’s professors and lecturers are all active as teachers and researchers, providing the best potential for excellence within both of these realms. Ensuring, strengthening and following through on research quality is one of Stockholm University’s highest priorities.
The most important thing a university does for collaboration and societal development is the education of students at all levels, from bachelors to doctorate. We have approximately 27,000 students of which ten percent are international. We work toward increased internationalisation by recruiting students from other countries and creating areas of contact for national and international students. Today over 65 percent of our masters’ level programmes are held in English, not including the many language courses on offer. Altogether the University offers courses and programmes in 30 languages and over 75 study programmes have instruction in English.
Stockholm University has a long tradition of admitting foreign students. Today the university prioritises activities that further promote international experience, such as mobility windows in educational programmes, virtual courses and the possibility of shorter international visits.
The University has a significant number of internationally recruited teachers and researchers who contribute to this international environment. Together with our diverse student body, this forges an international perspective in teaching.
Stockholm University has just over 1,000 exchange agreements – around 60 university wide and the others at the department level – with universities in over 50 countries. In addition, there are mobility initiatives in a number of different programmes and networks.
Through Erasmus+ students have the opportunity conduct a portion of their studies at one of Stockholm University’s many European partner universities. Eramus+ exchange students do not pay fees at their exchange universities and also receive a stipend. The Erasmus+ agreements between Stockholm University and the European universities are made at the department level.
Global Engagement Team: email@example.com
Maria Wikse, International Coordinator, Research Office, e-post: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niklas Tranaeus, International Administrator, email@example.com
Johanna Wiklund, International Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredrik Oldsjö, , Office of the President, Secretary General responsible for Stockholm University’s work with the university alliance Stockholm trio, email@example.com
Fredrik Oldsjö, Office of the President, Secretary General responsible for Stockholm University’s work with CIVIS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Johanna Diehl, Project Leader for CIVIS at Stockholm University, email@example.com
Last updated: June 15, 2021
Source: Communications Office (SN/MJ)