International collaboration projects


South Africa - Sweden University Forum is a collaborative project between universities, authorities and the industrial sector in Sweden and South Africa. The project is financed by STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education) and the National Research Foundation in South Africa. The project is coordinated by Uppsala University and Swedish partners are University of Gothenburg, Karlstad University, Lund University, University West, Malmö University and Umeå University. During 2017-2020 the project will offer researchers, students, businesses, research financers and authorities in Sweden and South Africa opportunities to establish new collaborations in order to strengthen existing relations between the two countries. The project will also provide opportunities for younger researchers to establish new collaborations.

The first activity executed by the project will be a research seminar in Pretoria, South Africa in 2018.

Contact at Uppsala University: Gustaf Cars

The Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum

The Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum (SACF) is a collaboration project involving six Swedish universities. The project is funded by STINT and aims to develop and strengthen present research collaboration, create new connections and initiatives between researchers in Sweden and around the world, create opportunities for common research projects on critical global issues, and to create collaboration between companies and researchers through innovation projects. The project’s first seminar was held in Korea in April 2015 and has since then been held in Singapore, China, Indonesia and Brazil. The final seminar will be held in Stockholm, February 2017.

Contact at Uppsala University: Ulrica Ouline


MIRAI 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.

Contact at Uppsala University: Ulrica Ouline


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 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 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