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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 area. Currently, Lund University has student exchange agreements with many US and Canadian universities, on both university-wide and faculty level.

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

LU has many well-established collaborations with North American universities, and other external stakeholders, such as embassies and partner companies operating in North America.

Among LU's partner universities, special focus is dedicated to the deepened collaborations with the University of California, Berkeley and Rockefeller University in the USA, as well as with the University of Toronto in Canada.

Lund University has 32 student exchange agreements with Canadian universities, of which 11 are university-wide, and 40 student exchange agreements with American universities, of which 21 are university-wide. The university also has agreements for commissioned education, so-called Study Abroad agreements, with American universities, at both university-wide and faculty/institutional levels.

LU’s multifaceted collaboration with the University of Denver, includes an agreement for commissioned education (Study Abroad), a bilateral student exchange agreement, and a cooperation agreement for 3+1+1.

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

Universitas 21 (U21)

U21 is a leading global network of research-intensive universities that encourages its members to share best practices and collaborate across borders. U21 has four members in North America:

  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • University of California at Davis (USA)
  • University of Connecticut (USA)
  • University of Maryland (USA)

For each institution, there are university-wide declarations of intent, so-called 'Memorandum of Understanding', and student mobility agreements. 

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

CALIE was a Swedish–American collaboration project regarding academic leadership and strategic innovation of education that ran from 2019 to 2021.

Participating universities:

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

Project results and documentation are available on the project website

Research collaborations with North America are a strong tool for internationalisation. USA is LU’s largest global co-publishing partner, while Canada ranks 14th. LU researchers co-publish most with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. In Canada, researchers at LU collaborate the most with colleagues at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, McMaster University and Laval University.


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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