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Promoting research, education and collaboration
For a long time, Lund University has been collaborating with African partners. We conduct research of relevance for Africa. We send and welcome both teaching staff and students to and from Africa, and we conduct contract education with African participants.

Africa strategy

To promote collaboration and strengthen our organisation, Lund University has adopted a strategy for collaboration with Africa in 2015.

Read about Lund University’s strategy for cooperation with Africa (PDF - 4,4 MB, new window)

Current activities

SASUF (South Africa Sweden University Forum)

Lund University is a partner in the SASUF-project (South Africa Sweden University Forum), together with 6 other Swedish and 23 South African universities. SASUF is coordinated by Uppsala University and is a cooperation project between universities, organizations and authorities in Sweden and South Africa. Funding comes from STINT, South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). In addition, Swedish universities co-finance the project.

In the years 2018-2020, researchers, companies, research funding agencies and authorities from Sweden and South Africa will offer opportunities for different forms of cooperation to strengthen existing relations between the two countries and establish new forms of sustainable cooperation with particular focus on younger researchers.

The first activity within the SASUF-project is a "research and innovation week" in Pretoria, South Africa, 14-18 May 2018. During the seminar, the UN's sustainable development goals will be discussed by researchers from both countries. In the seminar, approximately 250 researchers from Sweden and South Africa are expected to participate. In connection with the meeting, a number of surrounding activities within innovation, education and research will be arranged throughout South Africa.

More information about the project can be found on the SASUF blog 

Specified topics for the research and innovation week

  • Theme 1: Climate change, natural resources and sustainability
  • Theme 2: Transforming Higher Education Curricula: the nexus between academia and society
  • Theme 3: Social transformation through change: Knowledge and social development strategies for society 
  • Theme 4: Understanding the burden of disease in Sweden and South Africa and its impact on the health systems of the two countries in the future 
  • Theme 5: Urbanization and cities in the 21st Century
  • Theme 6: Digital technologies, big data, and cybersecurity

LU researchers are welcome to attend the Research Conference, South Africa - Sweden Research & Innovation Week, 14-18 May 2018. The aim is to give researchers from Sweden and South Africa the opportunity to discuss research issues in different themes as a basis for future cooperation. Researchers who successfully defended the doctoral thesis after year 2006 can apply for a maximum amount of SEK 20,000. If you are interested in participating in the research and innovation week, but not in applying for the travel grant, please send an e-mail to Pär Svensson at par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

Researchers from Lund University, which participated in the research seminar in Pretoria, can then apply for so-called. short term mobility (SEK 50,000) to develop contacts with South African researchers and universities.

Call for travel grants
A call for applications for travel grants is now open for younger researchers with the purpose to participate in the research and innovation week in South Africa 14-18 May. Travel grants can be applied for up to SEK 20,000 (for travel and lodging).

Who can apply?
Employees at Lund University with a successfully defended doctoral thesis after year 2006, and having ongoing or potential research projects with South Africa and seeking South African partners.

How to apply?
Application is made through a special application form.

Link to application form (Word - 168 kB, new window)

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. Decisions on funding will be communicated approximately 2 weeks after this date.

In addition to a brief description of your research project and a brief explanation of why your research project/area is relevant to any of the 6 subject areas, proposals on surrounding activities and local host (if applicable) shall be included.

The amount awarded will be entered in the books at the relevant cost centre once a travel grant report and a disbursement request have been submitted.

The application should be sent by e-mail to par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

Mark the application with "SASUF travel allowance".

Seed-funding grants for collaboration with African partners: Call for proposals

Lund University's Africa Strategy Group has taken the initiative to announce funding for research collaboration with African partners up to a maximum of 25 000 kronor per project. The deadline for submission of applications was on 20 October 2017. Applications has been assessed by the Africa Strategy Group and a decision has been taken on grant funding of SEK 25 000 to 4 projects each.

Link to decision (PDF - 350 kB, new window) - in Swedish

Link to instructions (PDF - 614 kB, new window)

Link to application form (Word - 60 kB, new window)

SANORD Conference in Zimbabwe, November 2017

From 28 November to 1 December, the annual SANORD conference in Zimbabwe will be arranged in Zimbabwe, during which the network celebrates 10 years. Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz will attend together with researchers. In connection with the conference, the LU delegation will visit University of Zimbabwe and will host an alumni event in Harare on 27 November. For more information about SANORD, see below.

STINT South Africa Project

Swedish and South African universities have received funding from STINT, the National Research Foundation and the Department of Higher Education and Training to promote research collaboration. The project is coordinated by Uppsala University. Three South Africa - Sweden Research & Innovation Weeks will be hosted - the first in Pretoria 14-18 May 2018. LU researchers will be able to apply for a travel allowance for their participation, and after the Week also apply for smaller mobility projects.

LU delegation to Rwanda, August 2017

A delegation from Lund University visited University of Rwanda in August. The aim was to strengthen contacts at university level and to offer a wider opportunity for researchers to establish contacts for the up-coming call for research collaboration from Sida.

Africa Day 16 April 2018

A third LU Africa day for students and staff will be arranged on 16 April 2018.

External reference group Africa

An external reference group has been formed to advice and make recommendations for implementing the LU's strategy for cooperation with Africa. The group met for the first time on 1 March 2017 and a second meeting is scheduled for 16 April 2018. The group includes the following members:

  • Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of African Research Universities Alliance and previous Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ghana,
  • Ms Anna Brandt, Sweden’s ambassador to Ireland and previous ambassador to Kenya and Head of Africa Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Marika Griehsel, journalist with long-standing experience from Africa.

Africa Strategy Group

Lund University has an Africa Strategy Group with the task of promoting cooperation with Africa and supporting the implementation of the strategy. The group convenes approximately once a month. These are the members of the Africa Strategy Group:

  • Magnus Jirström, professor and chair
  • Anette Agardh, professor
  • Björn Bergenståhl, professor
  • Lennart Olsson, professor
  • Pär Svensson, regional coordinator

Decision to establish the Africa Strategy Group (PDF - 242 kB, new window) - in Swedish

Collaborations and networks

Southern African–Nordic Centre – SANORD

SANORD is a membership organisation consisting of universities in the Nordic region and southern Africa. The aim of the network is to facilitate, expand and strengthen collaborations and contacts between higher education institutions in southern Africa and the Nordic region. The network was formed in 2007 and consists of partner universities in the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

For more information, visit SANORD’ss website

Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM)

Mobility collaborations within Erasmus+ ICM have been established with:

Student exchange agreements

University-wide bilateral student exchange agreements have been established with:

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