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Global Dynamic Engagement (GDE)

Global Dynamic Engagement (GDE) is the working method on which Lund University bases its work to strengthen and further develop its international impact regarding research, education, networks and innovation. Democracy, human rights, academic freedom and taking responsibility are the cornerstones of this work.

The world is changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex and uncertain. Geopolitical crises and conflicts, pandemics, demographic changes, growing inequalities, increased autocratisation and less trust in expert and knowledge organisations affect higher education institutions (HEIs) in a pervasive way, not least in terms of internationalisation and global collaborations. In addition, academia faces the challenge of academic freedom being eroded in many parts of the world as well as regulations that make international collaboration and international recruitment more difficult.

In this context, Lund University wants to utilise the opportunities arising from the digital and green transition and, in a responsible, sustainable and dynamic way, increase its global engagement and cooperation with partners and networks not only in higher education, but also in external engagement and innovation activities.
Lund University's global engagement includes:

  • That there should be an international perspective and global involvement in the operations as well as in the reception and experience of the university.
  • That there should be good opportunities for international mobility (physical, hybrid and digital) for students and employees.
  • That there should be collaborations that match the university's direction and goals with education and research.
  • That the University works with international and global partnerships in many different ways. Particularly important networks for this work are LERU, U21 and the European University Alliance with a focus on Global Health: EUGLOH.
  • That the University, based on its core values, strives to promote global and sustainable development.
  • That the University strives to continuously develop as “The University of Choice” for students and employees.

The GDE approach is based on a framework that involves an annual compilation for the geographical areas in which the University is engaged. The GDE framework (GDE-F) also includes a decision on a road map for the year to come.
The roadmaps indicate the orientation of the work, but do not exclude other issues that may become relevant for prioritisation. This is in accordance with the method used for Lund University’s platform for strategic work regarding 2023-2024.

Read more about the road maps for the different geographical areas


Richard Stenelo
International Director
+46 46 222 14 66
richard [dot] stenelo [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

GDE Fact Sheet

The purpose, the process and the roadmap

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