International collaboration projects

Uppsala University is part of a number of university-wide international collaboration projects.

LISTO

Listo logoThe Latin American and European Cooperation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (LISTO) is an Erasmus+ capacity building project running from 2017 until 2020 with a budget of 1 Million Euro. Coordinated by the International Office of Uppsala University, it brings together seven universities from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and three from Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain to facilitate an exchange of good practice in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. LISTO has three specific objectives: 1. Strengthen university-industry relations by applying the AIMday method developed by Uppsala University Innovation; 2. Develop the entrepreneurial skill set of teachers and students by developing and testing an international entrepreneurship classroom; 3. Discuss strategies to foster innovation and entrepreneurship as a university-wide strategy.

Contact at Uppsala University: Philipp Baur

SOUTH AFRICA - SWEDEN UNIVERSITY FORUM

South Africa Sweden University Forum logoSouth Africa- Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is coordinated by Uppsala University and is a cooperation project that will bring together researchers, funding agencies and ministries from Sweden and South Africa through activities in both countries from 2018 to 2020. The project has a budget of approximately SEK 18 million, with the funding coming from both countries via STINT (the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), the participating Swedish universities and the National Research Foundation and Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

The first South Africa–Sweden Research & Innovation Week will take place in Pretoria on 14–18 May 2018 and will address the following challenges:

  •  Climate change, natural resources and sustainability
  • Transforming higher education curricula: the nexus between academia and society
  • Social transformation through change: knowledge and social development strategies for society
  • Understanding the burden of disease in Sweden and South Africa and its impact on the health systems of the two countries in future
  • Urbanisation and cities in the 21st Century
  • Digital technologies, big data and cybersecurity

Contact at Uppsala University: Gustaf Cars

MIRAI

Mirai logoMIRAI is a collaboration project between six Swedish universities and several leading Japanese universities. The project is funded by STINT and aims to strengthen academic collaboration between Sweden and Japan. MIRAI is specifically aimed at researchers at the beginning of their careers who want to develop their skills in leading research projects, primarily in life sciences, ICT, sustainability and innovation processes. Both Japan and Sweden have a long tradition of innovation and are investing in large-scale facilities to remain at the forefront of science and research (e.g. MAX IV, ESS, SciLifeLab, J-PARC). MIRAI strengthens and deepens the collaboration between two leading research nations which paves the way for a new platform for collaboration which will primarily benefit young researchers in Sweden and Japan.

On 16-19 October 2017, the first MIRAI Seminar was held at Lund University. In Lund, Scientific Sessions in Ageing, Materials Science and Sustainability were organised. From Uppsala University, Prof. Anna Rutgersson and Dr Fritjof Fagerlund (both from the Department of Earth Sciences), Prof Martin Ingelsson (Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences), Dr Erik Lewin, Dr Reza Younesi and Dr William Brant (all three from the Department of Chemistry ). Malin Graffner Nordberg from UU Innovation participated in an innovation seminar.

During the fall of 2018 (9-12 October) the next major Seminar will take place. This time in Tokyo, Japan. Throughout 2018, the 150th anniversary of Swedish-Japanese relations will also be celebrated.

Contact at Uppsala University: Ulrica Ouline

ACCESS

The Academic Collaboration Chile Sweden (ACCESS) is a collaboration project between Uppsala University, Lund University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile. The aim of the project is

  • to strengthen disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration through activities in research, education and innovation within the framework of ‘a sustainable society’.
  • to provide support to researchers at an early stage of their career.
  • to meet and share research findings with the academic community and surrounding society.

The project will contribute to increased research collaboration between Sweden and Chile. The Academic Collaboration Chile Sweden was mentioned as a high-priority project during the Chilean State Visit to Sweden in May 2016.

Contact at Uppsala University: Gustaf Cars

EVENT

EVENT is a capacity-building project in Vietnamese higher education, within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme. The aim of the project is to find development solutions to tackle the problem of high unemployment among university graduates in Vietnam. Concrete measures include continuing professional development for our career centres and launching new career centres in Vietnam, conducting a study on former students’ paths into working life and adding soft skills teaching to university education.

EVENT has a budget of EUR 1 million and will run for three years. Collaboration partners in the project are the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Universidad de Valencia in Spain, the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam, the Institute of Labour Studies and Social Affairs, and five Vietnamese universities. The project is led by the International Office in Uppsala and Uppsala University’s regional office in Hanoi.

Contact at Uppsala University: Oddný Ósk Sverrisdóttir

EMISHA

EMISHA is a capacity building project within Erasmus+. The project aims to stimulate and facilitate the exploitation of knowledge in order to create mutual value for South African universities and South African society and industry. This is done by building up support for collaboration between universities and industry, entrepreneurship training and transfer of research findings to patents.

The project is to run for two years with a budget of over SEK 5 million. Partners of the project are the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Universidad de Valladolid in Spain.

Contact at Uppsala University: Oddný Ósk Sverrisdóttir