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Global cooperation

Why internationalisation?

There are several reasons for higher education institutions to increase international cooperation and the international elements of education and research. The most important of these is to enhance the quality of activities. There are also political, economic and social/cultural reasons that benefit society as a whole when universities and colleges become more international in their activities.

The report on increased internationalisation of universities and colleges (U 2017:02) whose task has been to propose goals and strategy for the internationalisation of universities and colleges left their interim and final report in 2018 (SOU 2018:3 and 2018:78).

The purpose of the strategy is to improve conditions for the internationalisation of higher education institutions by indicating a direction for internationalisation initiatives at various levels.

The long-term aim of the strategy is to achieve the following vision: 

"Sweden shall be one of the most attractive, international knowledge nations with world leading quality of education and research. International understanding and intercultural competence shall constitute an unquestioned and integrated part of education and research. The internationalisation efforts of the higher education institutions are predicated upon constructive cooperation with the rest of society and efficient coordination between government agencies in order to overcome national and global challenges." 

A prioritised area

In Lund University's strategic plan for 2017–2026, internationalisation is one of six priority areas we as a university shall work with together.

The Strategic Plan states that:

  • There shall be an international perspective and global engagement in the organisation, in its approach to people and in their experience of the University. 
  • There shall be good opportunities for international mobility for students and staff. 
  • The University shall be attractive to international students and staff. 
  • The University shall have strategically supported international partnerships and take an active part in influential international networks, such as LERU and U21. 

Link to Lund University’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2026

Action plan for internationalisation

Lund University has a new action plan for internationalisation that applies for the years 2019-2021 (decided 3 October 2019). The action plan highlights measures to promote internationalisation at the university and increase the university's attractiveness.

Link to Lund University's Action plan for Internationalisation 2019-2021

Current status in the work with the Action plan for internationalisation at Lund University

The International Council at Lund University

The International Council identifies opportunities for collaboration in the field of internationalisation and pursues issues concerning the university's overall international work.

Read more about the mission of the International Council (in Swedish)


External Relations
Richard Stenelo
+46 46 222 14 66
richard [dot] stenelo [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

International Offices at the Faculties

Faculty of Engineering, LTH 
Emelie Stenborg
+46 46 222 37 10
emelie [dot] stenborg [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts
Cecilia Hultman
cecilia [dot] hultman [at] kanslik [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculties of Humanities and Theology
Fanni Faegersten
+46 46 222 87 73
fanni [dot] faegersten [at] ht [dot] lu [dot] se

Katarina Wingkvist
+46 46 222 80 75
katarina [dot] wingkvist [at] ht [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Law
Louise Hultqvist
+46 46 222 11 00
louise [dot] hultqvist [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Medicine
Elisabeth Axell
+46 46 222 31 80
elisabeth [dot] axell [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Science
Marie Brink
+46 46 222 30 01
marie [dot] brink [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Social Sciences
Katarina Follin
+46 46 222 72 04
katarina [dot] follin [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

School of Economics and Management
Ulrika Qvist Mathiesen
+46 46 222 32 59
ulrika [dot] qvist_mathiesen [at] ehl [dot] lu [dot] se