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

Africa strategy

To promote collaboration and strengthen our organisation, Lund University has adopted a strategy for collaboration with Africa in 2014.

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

Current activities

2nd SASUF week in South Africa 6-10 May 2019


Travel Grant and Letter of Interest for participation.
LU researchers interested in participation at the second SASUF Research and Innovation week in South Africa 6-10 May 2019 have to submit either a letter of interest or an application for travel grant (for application forms – please see link below). Letter of interest or application for travel grant shall be submitted to par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se by latest 24 October. The number of participants from Lund University is limited.

Call for travel grants
A call for applications from emerging researchers (max 10 years since dissertation) for participation in the second SASUF Research and Innovation week in South Africa 6-10 May is now open. 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 - 62 kB, new window)

Link to letter of interest to participate (Word - 168 kB, new window)

Application form travel grant (Word - 168 kB, new window)

What is SASUF?
SASUF (South Africa Sweden University Forum) is a cooperation project between universities, organisations and authorities in Sweden and South Africa. LU is a partner together with 12 other Swedish and 23 South African universities. Researchers, companies, research funding and authorities are offered opportunities for cooperation to strengthen existing relationships and establish new partnerships, with particular focus on younger researchers. The first "Research and Innovation Week" was arranged in South Africa in May 2018 ith about 250 participants. 

ON 6-10 May 2019, SASUF will arrange a second "Research and Innovation Week" in South Africa. About 400 researchers are expected to discuss the UN's sustainable development goals within the following 6 areas:

  • Climate change, natural resources and sustainability 
  • Education for a Sustainable Society 
  • Social transformation through change: Development strategies for society 
  • Understanding the burden of disease in Sweden and South Africa
  • Urbanisation and cities in the 21st Century 
  • Digital technologies, big data and cybersecurity

One goal is to share the SASUF-project with many researchers and universities in South Africa. Therefore, so called SASUF satellite activities in research, education and innovation will be organized during the week. Examples of such activities are research seminars, workshops, tutorials, innovation seminars, etc. Nominated participants will be asked to propose such satellite activities.

More information is available on the project's blog  

Researchers who participate in the second Research and Innovation Week will be eligible to apply for seed funding (SEK 100,000) together with South African partners with the purpose to develop contacts established during the research and innovation week.

Read more about SASUF

SANORD Conference 11-13 September 2019

The next SANORD Conference will be arranged at the University of Botswana on 11-13 September 2019.

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 meets about once per semester. 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,
  • Ambassador Anna Brandt, Sweden’s ambassador to Ireland and previous ambassador to Kenya and Head of Africa Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms Marika Griehsel, journalist with long-standing experience from Africa.
  • Professor Göran Hydén, University of Florida.

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. The group has the following members:

  • 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
  • Iceland
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

SANORD is coordinated by a secretariat at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

SANORD has six Swedish member universities: Uppsala University, Lund University, Malmö University, Gothenburg University, Karlstad University, Högskolan Väst, Linköping University, and the Nordic Africa Institute.

For more information, visit SANORD’s 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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