Internationalisation – a priority on the Swedish Government’s agenda

At a national hearing last week in Stockholm, the Swedish Minister for Higher Education presented a plan to increase the internationalisation efforts at Swedish universities. The Minister as well as Lund University understands the importance of internationalisation as a tool to strengthen Swedish higher education and research – and ultimately our whole society.

Lund University is very fortunate in having so many international students, researchers and staff. Once again, Lund University is the most popular Swedish university for international students. This fact is one of the things that make us great!

I look forward to a new, exciting academic year, but before leaving for some time off I will be present at the Almedalen Week 28 June – 5 July (Almedalsveckan in Swedish) in Visby. The Almedalen Week is Sweden’s annual political event showcasing politicians and providing arenas for seminars and debates. This week has also become an important platform for higher education institutions.

I will partake in several seminars and debates on different themes throughout the week, e g on “MOOCs and the future of learning”. Lund University together with Chalmers University of Technology and the Karolinska Institutet belong to the MOOC pioneers in Sweden.

More information is available on the Swedish Lund University website (in Swedish).

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new international students. We are very excited that you have chosen to continue your studies at Lund University and look forward to seeing you this autumn.

I would also like to wish you all – new as well as present students and staff at Lund University and colleagues at our partner universities – a relaxing and joyful summer.


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