Several African countries are experiencing rapid social transformation and the need for mutual cooperation and exchange is clear. In an era of increased globalisation, we see a growing interest in Africa among our students and researchers. To promote collaboration and strengthen our organisation, Lund University adopted a strategy for collaboration with Africa in 2015.
Africa Day 1 March 2017
Lund University will organise an Africa Day for students and staff on 1 March 2017 at 13:00 to 16:30.
Speakers at this year's Africa Day are:
- Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of African Research Universities Alliance and previous Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ghana
- Dr François Gemenne, specialist of environmental geopolitics at University of Liège, Grenoble Institute of Political Studies and Sciences Po
- Ms Anna Brandt, Sweden’s ambassador to Ireland and previous ambassador to Kenya and Head of Africa Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In addition, PhD students and staff will be given the opportunity to present ongoing research and education projects through shorter “elevator speeches”.
In conjunction with the development of the Africa Strategy, various requests were identified, e.g., to get a better understanding of the ongoing Africa-related activities in different parts of Lund University and to have more collaborations. During Africa Day, graduate students and employees will be given the opportunity to present ongoing research and other projects.
Networking trip to Kenya
The University is planning to visit the University of Nairobi, Kenya in January/February. The University of Nairobi is one of 13 prioritised higher education institutions in the Africa cooperation strategy. The aim is to establish contacts at the university-wide level, to explore opportunities for cooperation and to discuss an Erasmus + application with the relevant units of the university. For more information about the trip, please contact Pär Svensson (par.svensson [at] er.lu.se).
Thematic seminar on “property rights and Africa”
On 1 December, the Africa Strategy Group organised a seminar on "property rights and Africa". The aim was to create collaboration between researchers from different faculties through joint articles on the theme. During the seminar, various ideas were discussed and the Africa Strategy Group will now coordinate the work ahead. If you are interested in joining and writing articles about "property rights and Africa" please get in touch with Pär Svensson at External Relations (par.svensson [at] er.lu.se).
Africa Strategy Group
Lund University has an Africa Strategy Group with the task of promoting cooperation with Africa and supporting the implementation of the strategy. The group convenes approximately once a month. These are the members of the Africa Strategy Group:
- Magnus Jirström, professor and chair
- Anette Agardh, associate professor
- Björn Bergenståhl, professor
- Lennart Olsson, professor
- Markus Larsson, project coordinator
- Pär Svensson, regional coordinator
Collaborations and networks
Southern African–Nordic Centre – SANORD
SANORD is a membership organisation consisting of universities in the Nordic region and southern Africa. The aim of the network is to facilitate, expand and strengthen collaborations and contacts between higher education institutions in southern Africa and the Nordic region. The network was formed in 2007 and consists of partner universities in the following countries:
- South Africa
For more information, visit SANORD’ss website
Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM)
Mobility collaborations within Erasmus+ ICM have been established with:
- Stellenbosch University
- University of the Western Cape
- University of Johannesburg
- University of Cape Town
Student exchange agreements
University-wide bilateral student exchange agreements have been established with: