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Lund University has long had an extensive collaboration with Australia and New Zealand in research and education and through its membership in the Universitas 21 network. The university has student exchange agreements with many Australian and New Zealand universities, both at university-wide level and at 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 Oceania

In the roadmap for Oceania 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

  • Strengthening cooperation in research, education, innovation and external engagement with partners in U21 (Universitas 21) through, for example, doctoral student mobility and calls for seed funding 
  • Promoting research and innovation collaboration within Horizon Europe with universities in New Zealand
  • Establishing anchor universities
  • Taking measures to increase the recruitment of inbound exchange students, for example by offering shorter periods of mobility and studies combined with work placements, and lobbying for the implementation of mobile passport control

Read more about support and tools for responsible engagement

Read more about support and tools for sustainable engagement

Lund University's collaborations with Australia and New Zealand take place through student exchanges as well as research projects and network activities. The Universitas 21 (U21) network enables in-depth collaboration on different levels.

Our students have a strong interest in exchange studies in Australia and New Zealand. Lund University has a total of 28 student exchange agreements in Australia and 6 in New Zealand, including both university-wide and faculty-level partnerships.

Universitas 21 (U21)

U21 is a leading global network of research-intensive universities for collaboration in both education and research. U21 has five members in Oceania:

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand

Lund University has begun an in-depth collaboration with the University of Melbourne.

Read more about Universitas 21

Australia is Lund University's twelfth largest co-publishing partner globally. New Zealand ranks 31st. The U21 members UNSW Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and the University of Queensland are among the institutions with which Lund University researchers co-publish the most in Australia, along with Monash University and the Australian National University. In New Zealand, most co-publishing occurs with the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, the University of Auckland (U21), and Victoria University Wellington.


Teresia Rindefjäll
International coordinator
+46 46 222 62 40
teresia [dot] rindefjall [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (teresia[dot]rindefjall[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)

GDE Fact Sheet

The purpose, the process and the roadmap

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