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Lund University has extensive cooperation with Asia in the form of collaboration platforms, networks and ongoing projects. These contribute to raising Lund University's profile in the region and ensuring long-term sustainability in our collaboration with Asian universities.

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

GDE for Asia

In the road map for Asia for 2023, prioritised activities are presented for the university-wide work during the year but does not exclude other issues that may become relevant for prioritisation. This is in accordance with the method used for the platform for strategic work, which Lund University is working to regarding 2023–2024

  • Carry out a review of the portfolio of existing education agreements with an aim to terminate collaborations that do not work, in parallel with strengthening the collaborations with highly ranked universities and selected network partners.
  • Continue to strengthen collaborations in Japan and South Korea and follow up cooperation projects with the countries: MIRAI and Study in Sweden
  • Investigate possibilities for deepened cooperation with selected anchor universities in Japan, Singapore or South Korea
  • Further develop contacts and networks via the Swedish chambers of commerce in Tokyo and Singapore

Read more about support and tools for responsible engagement

Read more about support and tools for sustainable engagement

Nordic Centre in India

The Nordic Centre in India (NCI) is a consortium of Nordic universities, aiming to promote research and education collaboration between the Nordic countries and India. The NCI is administered by a Nordic secretariat, currently at Tampere University, and has a liaison office/manager’s residence in New Delhi.

The NCI offers support to researchers, teachers, students and visiting Nordic groups by:

  • Organising meetings, lectures, seminars and conferences
  • Applying for research visas
  • Establishing contacts with Indian universities and authorities
  • Offering accommodation free of charge for researchers and other NCI member university staff at the NCI residence in New Delhi
  • Finding appropriate host organisations in India for students conducting Minor Field Studies
  • Announcing Travel Grants and Academic Activity Grants

The NCI also offers summer and semester courses and internships for students at NCI partner universities in India. For more information and to apply, see contact information in the right hand column.

Read more about Nordic Centre in India


MIRAI is a collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities. Through research seminars, short doctoral courses and joint activities on innovation processes, the project aims to strengthen academic cooperation between Sweden and Japan.

Focus is on early career researchers, the academic topics Ageing, Materials Science, Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence as well as possible usage of existing large scale facilities.

Project organisation

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Viktor Öwall is LU's representative in the MIRAI General Assembly.
  • Magnus Borgström, LTH, is LU’s representative in Thematic Expert Group (TEG) Materials Science.
  • Karl Åström, LTH, is LU’s representative in Thematic Expert Group (TEG) Artificial Intelligence.
  • Björn Slaug, M, is LU’s contact for the academic topic Ageing.
  • Niclas Nilsson, LU Innovation, is LU’s contact for the academic topic Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Upcoming MIRAI Research & Innovation Week

  • 2023: 13-17 November at Umeå University

Read more about MIRAI on the project website

Nordic Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai

A collaboration between 27 Nordic universities, aimed to increase understanding and create a closer bond between the Nordic countries and China through collaborative research projects and education.

The following main activities are conducted at the Nordic Centre:

  • Teaching for Chinese students about the Nordic countries
  • Teaching for Nordic students about China
  • Collaboration with Nordic businesses in Shanghai and China supported by the Nordic embassies and consulates.

Read more about the Nordic Centre at Fudan University

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies in Hong Kong – LEWI

LEWI is an international research institute located in Hong Kong, with members from and operations in several continents. Lund University has its own office in Hong Kong, which primarily is available to our researchers and teaching staff. LEWI offers a Resident Graduate Scholarship Programme. 

Read more about the David C. Lam Institute

SASNET – Swedish South Asian Studies Network

SASNET is a Swedish network, based out of Lund University, for research and education in South Asia. The network encourages boundary-crossing and cross-faculty collaboration between higher education institutions in the Nordic countries and South Asia.

Read more about SASNET


Sweden-Korea Education, Research and Innovation Collaboration (SKERIC) is a collaborative project during 2024 – 2026 between Lund University (coordinator), Gothenburg University, KTH, Umeå University, Uppsala University, Korea University, POSTECH and Seoul National University.

It is primarily a research and innovation promoting collaboration that also aims to prepare for South Korea's entry into Horizon Europe. Three activities run throughout the project period – Future Laureates Societal Challenges Programme, Science Diplomacy Academy and Research-based Start-ups/Spin-offs Forum.

The project is aimed at the following target groups:

  1. Young/emerging researchers
    • Future Laureates Societal Challenges Programme
    • Future Laureates Mentorship
    • Seed funding for projects
    • Long-term mobility of young researchers
  2. Future academic leaders
    • Science Diplomacy Academy
  3. Representatives of research-based start-ups and university spin-offs
    • Research-based Start-ups/Spin-offs Forum

Upcoming calls

  • Participation in Future Laureates Societal Challenges Programme: spring 2024
  • Participation in Science Diplomacy Academy: spring 2024


Henrik Hofvendahl
International coordinator
+46 46 222 30 15
henrik [dot] hofvendahl [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se