Latin America is a dynamic region with a strong educational tradition and long-standing academic institutions. Lund University cooperates with several higher education institutions and organisations in the region, in the fields of education and research. Our collaborations are extensive and generate significant mobility to and from Latin America for students, teaching staff, researchers and other staff.
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 Latin America
In the road map for Latin America 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.
- Broaden LU’s engagement in the Swedish-Chilean cooperation platform ACCESS by creating greater visibility for the opportunities the project offers for several areas within LU
- Examine possibilities for deeper cooperation with Brazil e.g. through FAPESP, CISB and other innovation-related networks and organisations
- Examine possibilities for cooperation and mobility agreements with low-income countries such as Cuba
- Establish cooperation with more scholarship organisations
- Examine possibilities to offer short courses/modules in Spanish as preparation for outgoing students
ACCESS – Academic Collaboration Chile Sweden
Lund University, together with Uppsala University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile, has created a platform aimed at increasing cooperation in higher education between Sweden and Chile. Through the ACCESS platform, a possibility is given to identify and collectively discuss solutions on common challenges for both Chile and Sweden.
Every year, a bilateral research Forum is held (every 18 months in Sweden and every 18 months in Chile) where a broad spectrum of societal challenges is discussed in workshops. The goal is to facilitate a creative dialogue between researchers from both countries.
Until now, researchers from all faculties of Lund University have been engaged and it has resulted in new collaborations and mobility between Lund and Chilean higher education institutions. The target group is researchers who are interested in initiating new collaborations or strengthen ongoing actions with Chile. Today, ACCESS is a consortium of 15 universities in both Chile and Sweden.
Upcoming ACCESS Forums
- 2024: May/June TBD city in Sweden
- 2025: November/December TBD city in Chile
FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation
Since 2015, Lund University has been involved in a collaboration with FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation). The aim is to strengthen the research cooperation between LU and researchers in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.
The cooperation with FAPESP means that LU annually announces seed funding for collaboration. The application must be made jointly with a counterparty in the state of São Paulo. The application is submitted to both FAPESP and LU, after which a joint review is made. Approved projects are awarded about SEK 100,000, half from LU and the other half from FAPESP. These funds are intended for travel and meetings in order to prepare further collaborations such as co-publications and research projects. Researchers at Lund University and researchers who are affiliated with HEIs or research institutes in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, can participate in the projects. No calls are planned for 2022. We are awaiting word from FAPESP about calls for 2023.
At Lund University, there is a Latin America group whose task is to promote and coordinate LU’s collaborations with organisations and higher education institutions in Latin America. The group meets four times a year, and offers support for university-wide initiatives by providing guidance to the University management in issues concerning strategic investments in the region.
The group is composed of the following members:
- Stacey Sörensen – chair
- Martin Tunér – Faculty of Engineering (LTH)
- Patrik Olsson – Faculty of Social Sciences
- Henrik Rahm – Faculties of Humanities and Theology
- Karin Broberg – Faculty of Medicine
- Lars Andersson – Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts
- Markus Lahtinen – School of Economics and Management
- Vacant – Faculty of Science
- Vacant – Faculty of Law
- Miguel Cornejo Herrera – External Relations – secretary
Miguel Cornejo Herrera
+46 46 222 93 83
miguel [dot] cornejo_herrera [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (miguel[dot]cornejo_herrera[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)