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North America

The USA and Canada are two important partner countries for Lund University in terms of research, education and student exchange. This is reflected, among other things, in several delegation trips and management visits to universities in the US. Currently, Lund University has student exchange agreements with many US and Canadian universities, university-wide as well as faculty specific.

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 North America

In the roadmap for North America for 2024, 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.

  • Increasing the number of student exchange agreements with high-ranking universities in the USA
  • Evaluating Lund University’s participation in the SIREUS project
  • Further developing cooperation within research, education, innovation and external engagement with selected partners
  • Establishing anchor universities

Read more about the SIREUS project: Platform for increased expert mobility between Sweden and the USA

Read more about support and tools for responsible engagement

Read more about support and tools for sustainable engagement

University of Toronto

University of Toronto (UoT) is a public, research-intensive university. UoT has three campuses: St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough located in Toronto, Canada. Lund University has entered into a university-wide partnership with all three campuses.

According to Times Higher Education, UMD is ranked 18th in the world (World University Rankings 2021).

University of Toronto website

Collaboration with UoT

LU and UoT signed an agreement for student exchange in 2000 and have exchanged 152 students in the past 5 years.

To date, researchers have co-published 277 joint articles, participated in staff mobility exchange programmes, like the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme, and launched projects funded by the EU and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Contact at LU

  • Academic lead – Professor Christofer Edling
  • Administrative support – Pouneh Eftekhari pouneh [dot] eftekhari [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (pouneh[dot]eftekhari[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)

LU has a collaboration with the University of Denver (DU), which includes an agreement for ordered education (so-called Study Abroad), a bilateral agreement for student exchange, and an agreement for cooperation with 3+1+1. 

Read more about 3+1+1 with the University of Denver

The collaboration also offers opportunities for mobility for teachers and administrative staff.

Sweden-USA Project for Collaboration, Academic Leadership & Innovation in Higher Education

In order to strengthen the potential for higher education and research to respond to long-term challenges, topics within academic leadership and renewal of education were explored in the collaborative project CALIE during 2019-2021.

Participating universities:

  • Lund University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Stockholm University
  • Uppsala University
  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of Washington

Results and documentation are available on the CALIE project's website


Alice Kjellsson
International coordinator
+46 46 222 30 19
alice [dot] kjellsson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

GDE Fact Sheet

The purpose, the process and the roadmap

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