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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)

Letter of Interest for participation in the first SASUF Research and Innovation Week 14-18 May
LU researchers interested in participation at the first SASUF Research and Innovation week in South Africa 14-18 May have to submit a Letter of Interest.

A signed form (see link below) has to be sent to par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se by latest 14 February.

Link to form for Letter of Interest (Word - 168 kB, new window)

Call for travel grants
A call for applications from emerging researchers (with a PhD and max 7 years since dissertation) for participation in the first SASUF Research and Innovation week in South Africa 14-18 May is open. The deadline for applications has been extended till 14 February. If you apply for this travel grant, please note that you do not need to submit a Letter of Interest.

Call for applications and instructions (PDF - 70 kB, new window)

Application form (Word - 172 kB, new window)

What is SASUF?
SASUF is a cooperation project between universities, organisations and authorities in Sweden and South Africa. LU is a partner together with 6 other Swedish and 23 South African universities. Researchers, companies, research funding and authorities will be offered opportunities for cooperation to strengthen existing relationships and establish new partnerships, with particular focus on younger researchers.

The first "Research and Innovation Week" will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, 14-18 May 2018. About 250 researchers will discuss, for instance, the UN's sustainable development goals within the following 6 areas:

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

One goal is to spread the project to many universities in South Africa. Therefore, so called surrounding activities in research, education and innovation will be organized during the week. Examples of such activities are research seminars, workshops, tutorials, innovation seminars, etc. LU participants are now able to propose such activities.

More information is available on the project's blog  

Researchers who participated in the first research and innovation week can thereafter apply for so-called short term mobility grants (SEK 50,000) together with South African partners to further develop contacts with South African researchers and universities.

Further reading about SASUF

Africa Day 16 April 2018

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

SANORD Conference 15-17 August

The next SANORD will be arranged in Jyvaskylä, Finland, on 15-17 August. The call for proposals on papers, workshops, panels, etc., will close on 18 February.

More information is available on the conference website 

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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