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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.

SANORD Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) 2022

Lund University hereby invites doctoral students to take part in the SANORD Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) 2022. This is an excellent opportunity to practice sharing research findings with others and to have the chance to compete internationally.

The competition is open to doctoral students carrying out research related to the Southern African region or the SANORD Strategy 2022. The presentation shall be in English, comprehensive, engaging, and communicative. It is recommended that the doctoral student has completed at least 18 months of the thesis work at time of the SANORD conference.

The competition is organised in two steps

  1. This first step is that doctoral students present their 3MT live in Lund on 24 October starting at 16:00. The venue is the lecture theatre (room St Alg 128) at St Algatan 4. A jury will select a winner.
  2. In the second step, the winner from Lund will send a video of the presentation to the SANORD central office in South Africa and thereby compete with winners at other SANORD member universities. A jury will assess the recorded presentations and two final winners of will be selected – one from the south and one from the north. The Division of External Relations at Lund University will assist in filming the presentation and in contacts with the SANORD central office.

Prizes to win

The prize for the LU winner is 1) a return ticket for participating and presenting at the SANORD conference in South Africa 5-7 December 2022, and 2) an invitation to compete with other winning presentations from SANORD member universities. The two winners of the entire SANORD competition will also receive a scholarship covering conference participation, accommodation and meals for the three-day conference.

Deadline for registration: 18 October 2022.

Link to registration

Link to SANORD Strategy 2022

Link to videos from the Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT® 2021 Competition

Rules for the competition

  • The presentation shall be in English.
  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Read more about the SANORD network

For more information, please contact par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

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.

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.

Student exchange agreements

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

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