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.
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.
The International Council at Lund University
The Council was established in 2016 and is tasked with:
- identifying opportunities for collaboration in the field of internationalisation,
- being a driving force in issues that concern the university's overall international work and
- the preparation of steering documents, in certain cases, in the follow-up and in the analysis of issues in the field of internationalisation.
The International Council is led by the deputy vice-chancellor and consists of one member for each faculty at the Dean / Vice Dean / Deputy Dean level, one member for the University's specialised centres and two representatives for the students.
+46 46 222 14 66
richard [dot] stenelo [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
International Offices at the Faculties
Faculty of Engineering, LTH
+46 46 222 37 10
emelie [dot] stenborg [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Faculties of Humanities and Theology
+46 46 222 87 73
fanni [dot] faegersten [at] ht [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 80 75
katarina [dot] wingkvist [at] ht [dot] lu [dot] se
Faculty of Law
+46 46 222 11 00
louise [dot] hultqvist [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se
Faculty of Medicine
+46 46 222 31 80
elisabeth [dot] axell [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se
Faculty of Science
+46 46 222 30 01
marie [dot] brink [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se
Faculty of Social Sciences
+46 46 222 72 04
katarina [dot] follin [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se
Malmö Academy of Music
+46 40 325 467
lena [dot] arstam [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Malmö Art Academy
+46 40 325 707
silvana [dot] hed [at] khm [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