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Lund University has extensive cooperation with Asia in the form of collaboration platforms, networks and ongoing projects. These contribute to raising Lund University's profile in the region and ensuring long-term sustainability in our collaboration with Asian universities.

Seed funding call (open)

MIRAI 2.0 has opened a call for seed funding for both research and innovation projects and courses for doctoral students and postdocs. The projects are to be implemented during the calendar year 2023.

Application documents and complete call text are available on the MIRAI website

Application deadline: 1 December 2022.

Action plan Asia

The purpose of the Asia Action Plan is for Lund University to be better able to make strategic choices and priorities regarding the region in question. The action plan also includes measures to develop research and education cooperation with Asia and strengthen competence in Asia at Lund University. All strategic priorities and ambitions continue to apply until further notice, despite the fact that the action plan's official validity period was until 2021.

Link to Action plan for Lund University's cooperation with Asia (PDF 177 kB, new tab)

Collaborations in Asia

Lund University's collaborations with Asia take place through collaboration platforms, networks and ongoing projects.

Nordic Centre in India

The Nordic Centre in India (NCI) is a consortium of Nordic universities, aiming to promote research and education collaboration between the Nordic countries and India. The NCI is administered by a Nordic secretariat, currently at Aarhus University, and has a liaison office/manager’s residence in New Delhi.

The NCI offers support to researchers, teachers, students and visiting Nordic groups by:

  • Organising meetings, lectures, seminars and conferences
  • Applying for research visas
  • Establishing contacts with Indian universities and authorities
  • Offering accommodation free of charge for researchers and other NCI member university staff at the NCI residence in New Delhi
  • Finding appropriate host organisations in India for students conducting Minor Field Studies
  • Announcing Travel Grants and Academic Activity Grants

The NCI also offers summer and semester courses and internships for students at NCI partner universities in India. For more information and to apply, see contact information in the right hand column.

Read more about Nordic Centre in India


MIRAI is a collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities. Through research seminars, short doctoral courses and joint activities on innovation processes, the project aims to strengthen academic cooperation between Sweden and Japan.

Focus is on early career researchers, the academic topics Ageing, Materials Science, Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence as well as possible usage of existing large scale facilities.

Project organisation

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Viktor Öwall is LU's representative in the MIRAI General Assembly.
  • Magnus Borgström, LTH, is LU’s representative in Thematic Expert Group (TEG) Materials Science.
  • Karl Åström, LTH, is LU’s representative in Thematic Expert Group (TEG) Artificial Intelligence.
  • Björn Slaug, M, is LU’s contact for the academic topic Ageing.
  • Niclas Nilsson, LU Innovation, is LU’s contact for the academic topic Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Upcoming MIRAI Research & Innovation Weeks

  • 2022: 15–18 November at Kyushu University, Japan
  • 2023: autumn, TBD location in Sweden

Read more about MIRAI on the project website

Nordic Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai

A collaboration between 27 Nordic universities, aimed to increase understanding and create a closer bond between the Nordic countries and China through collaborative research projects and education.

The following main activities are conducted at the Nordic Centre:

  • Teaching for Chinese students about the Nordic countries
  • Teaching for Nordic students about China
  • Collaboration with Nordic businesses in Shanghai and China supported by the Nordic embassies and consulates.

Read more about the Nordic Centre at Fudan University

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies in Hong Kong – LEWI

LEWI is an international research institute located in Hong Kong, with members from and operations in several continents. Lund University has its own office in Hong Kong, which primarily is available to our researchers and teaching staff. LEWI offers a Resident Graduate Scholarship Programme. 

Read more about the David C. Lam Institute

SASNET – Swedish South Asian Studies Network

SASNET is a Swedish network, based out of Lund University, for research and education in South Asia. The network encourages boundary-crossing and cross-faculty collaboration between higher education institutions in the Nordic countries and South Asia.

Read more about SASNET


Henrik Hofvendahl
International coordinator
+46 46 222 30 15
henrik [dot] hofvendahl [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se