The aim is for the University to be able react faster and more proactively in our international work, while there is to be a more long-term approach to what we want to achieve. The foundation of the work is responsibility rooted in democracy and academic freedom.
Lund University has an active, extensive and at times complex engagement in many different geographical areas around the world. We live in a fast-changing world, and it is difficult to navigate. With a developed GDE process, we will also be better equipped for geopolitical changes. GDE is also a part of the more concrete tasks involved in the Platform for Strategic Work.
Via GDE, the organisation gains accessible support in university-wide international work. In parallel, and just as it is at present, each faculty is responsible for its own work on international matters.
In time, GDE will also affect LU at home, regarding both sustainability and assuming responsibility. Matters concerning global responsible engagement, will become more important for the University as a whole to relate to. These are also matters in which the University’s active membership in the large international networks LERU, U21 and EUGLOH can provide benefits.
To sum up, with GDE the University gets a more proactive, but also more considered, way of working on international matters.
/ Kristina Eneroth
This text is included in LU News 4 - 2023