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Lund University has been collaborating with African partners for a long time. We conduct research of relevance for Africa and send as well as welcome both staff and students. We also conduct commissioned education with African participants.

The Lund University Africa Strategy

Since 2014, there is an Lund University Africa Strategy supporting LU's collaborations with Africa. The purpose of the strategy is to initiate, strengthen and deepen cooperation with African universities and other relevant African institutions.

SASUF – South Africa Sweden University Forum

Lund University is a member of the SASUF project (South Africa Sweden University Forum), together with 14 other Swedish and 22 South African universities. SASUF is coordinated by Uppsala University and is a cooperation project between universities, organisations 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). Swedish universities co-finance the project.

SASUF (South Africa Sweden University Forum) has been granted funding from STINT for three years from 2022 to 2024. The annual "SASUF 2030 Sustainability Forum" will be organised for researchers, teachers, students, as well as representatives of university managements, funders and ministries. The Sustainability Forum will consist of a conference and a large amount of satellite activities, and will be arranged digitally 19-23 September 2022, on site in South Africa 27-31 March 2023, and 2024 in Sweden. The project will also offer seed funding for cooperation between Sweden and South Africa. Specific funding for digital collaboration will be available. A call for sessions and workshops for the digital conference in 2022 is open and will close on 21 August 2022.

Read more on the SASUF website

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 Botswana, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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

SANORD offers an annual conference, mobility funds for students from southern Africa, seed funding for collaborative projects, and a "three-minute-thesis competition".

The next annual conference will be held on 5-7 December 2022 at the University of Limpopo in South Africa. An announcement for abstracts closes on 31 May. Lund University announces travel grants for six younger researchers.

For more information, visit SANORD’s website

Student exchange agreements

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

Abstract for SASUF 2030 Sustainability Forum – 19-23 September 2022

The first SASUF 2030 Sustainability Forum for researchers, teachers, students and representatives of university managements, funders and ministries, will be arranged digitally 19-23 September 2022. SASUF now accepts proposals for workshops and sessions. The deadline for submission of suggestions is 21 August and you will find instructions at Call for workshops to SGD — SASUF Student Network. SASUF will later also open a call for seed funding for cooperation between Sweden and South Africa.

Link to Call for workshops to SGD — SASUF Student Network

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)

Lund University is exploring possibilities of collaboration with the ARUA network. If you are interested in collaborating with ARUA, please contact par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.

Link to the ARUA network website

Mapping of interest for collaboration – food systems, migration and innovation

Lund University is currently conducting a survey of the interest within the University for collaboration with African partners in the broad area of ​​"food systems".

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,
  • Ms Marika Griehsel, journalist with long-standing experience from Africa.
  • Professor Göran Hydén, University of Florida.

Read more about ARUA – African Research Universities Alliance

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:

  • Professor Ellen Hillbom (chair)
  • Professor Anette Agardh
  • Professor Björn Bergenståhl
  • Professor Petter Pilesjö
  • Associate lecturer Vasna Ramasar
  • Caitlin Homstad, student representative
  • Pär Svensson, regional coordinator