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Networks and partner universities

The University of Gothenburg's vision is to be a university for the world – an international higher education and research institution that takes responsibility for the development of society while helping to build a sustainable world. We do this in many ways, including through collaborations with universities around the world in international networks and projects. For example, we are part of the EUTOPIA-alliance, one of the prestigious European Universities.

Collaborations in different parts of the world


The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a collaboration led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. CARTA's goal is to support the development of research environments and postgraduate education in Africa, with the aim of improving human health and living conditions. The consortium consists of universities and research institutes in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as partners in Europe, Chile, Canada and the United States. The Sahlgrenska Academy is one of the partners and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine hosts the coordinating function of the Non-African Partners in CARTA.

Read more about CARTA

Inclusive Green Economy in Practice is a capacity development program for civil servants in East Africa on economic policy instruments for achieving a just green transition. It bridges the gap between research and policy to get evidence-based practices.

The program is led by Environment for Development (EfD) at the University of Gothenburg, and key partners are universities and other actors in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Read more about Inclusive Green Economy in Practice

Southern Africa – Nordic Centre (SANORD is committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the Nordic and the Southern African regions.

The network provides a platform for benchmarking, exchange of experience and partnership in research, education and collaboration. Among its key activities is the yearly SANORD conference that connects participants from all member universities. 

The South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is a collaboration project between Swedish and South African universities. The overall aim is to strengthen ties between South Africa and Sweden in research, education and innovation, with the UN's sustainability goals in focus. The project also extends beyond the academy, connecting researchers with funding agencies, industries, embassies, ministries and civil society organizations.


MIRAI 2.0 is a collaboration project between Swedish and Japanese universities. It is specifically directed at researchers who are at an early stage of their career. The topic and focus of the project are within the broader context of Ageing, Materials Science and Sustainability. Innovation and infrastructure environments for research are important components.

The University of Gothenburg coordinates the participation of the Swedish universities.

University of Gothenburg is a member of the Nordic Centre Fudan University. This is a network between Nordic universities, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Fudan University, which is one of the most prominent universities in China. The Nordic Centre serves as a platform for initiating and developing research and educational activities, conferences and workshops of mutual interest to Nordic and Chinese scholars and students.

The objective of the Nordic Centre is to foster mutual understanding between China and the Nordic countries by supporting cooperation between Nordic and Chinese teachers, researchers and students.

The centre is located on Fudan University´s campus. From January 2021, the University of Gothenburg will host the secretariat.

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) is a Nordic research and service institute with an international mandate and a focus on social, cultural, political, economic and business transformations in modern Asia in their historical contexts.

NIAS is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and aims to contribute to the development of Asian studies in the Nordic region.


The EURAXESS is a pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers regardless of their career stage. Backed by the European Union and its member states, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world. Welcome Services coordinates the EURAXESS Network Projects at the University of Gothenburg and is in charge of the Swedish EURAXESS portal, a central source of information about Sweden as a research nation.

More about EURAXESS 

The European University Association (EUA) has more than 800 higher education institution members in 48 European countries. The association supports and represents its members in the political debate at the EU level.

EUA provides opportunities for members to share best practices by participating in projects, events and other mutual-learning activities involving a wide range of universities. The association also provides members with opportunities to shape European policies and initiatives affecting higher education and research.

EUTOPIA is a network of six universities in Europe with a joint and long-term vision of creating a strong alliance with free movement of students, researchers, teachers and other staff. The alliance has received funding from the European Commission’s prominent European Universities Initiative.

The University of Ljubljana heads the network. The University of Gothenburg has taken the lead on issues concerning research, knowledge and innovation.

Contact at the University of Gothenburg: Karin Jonson, International Centre

Read more about Eutopia

Inspireurope is a collaboration between ten partner organizations in Europe focused on providing support to researchers whose lives or careers are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence.
The partners organizations are establishing a platform to increase employment of researchers and increase the number of at risk-researchers who apply for external, and particularly European, research funding.
Inspireurope is coordinated by the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The University of Gothenburg is a partner in the project in the name of SAR-Sweden.

The aim of the Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS) is to enhance contacts and to establish networks between the Nordic universities at all administrative levels. NUAS cooperates with the Nordic Council of Ministers, other organizations and authorities to promote the Nordic educational community.

Specialist seminars in different administrative sectors are regularly arranged by twelve planning groups within the association. Annual seminars for university directors are arranged on topical issues within the field of higher education.

The secretariat is located in Stockholm.

Nordlys is a university-wide network for exchange studies in the Nordic countries. Through the network, exchanges are made possible at 26 universities in Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Scholarships for outgoing students are currently financed by Nordplus funds. The network is interdisciplinary and enables exchange studies for students who wish to study courses outside their main subject area.

Read more about Nordlys on the Student Portal.

SGroup is a European network with global reach. The aim of the network is strengthened internationalization via benchmarking and joint projects.

Key activities include Think Tank Academy, a benchmarking initiative that facilitates the exchange of ideas and knowledge linked to cooperation with South America, China and Africa, and exchanges on supervision at postgraduate level. The Think Tank Academy has also developed a joint summer school in Shanghai, and a mobility funding scheme.

Swetaly University Collaboration is a project that aims to strengthen academic relations between Sweden and Italy in research and higher education. The project was launched in 2019 with more than 30 universities from Sweden and Italy expressing their will to participate. Two broad topics were chosen as starting points for the collaboration: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ageing. These topics pose challenges and possibilities to both of our societies.

Swetaly University Collaboration is coordinated by the University of Gothenburg and Örebro University in partnership.

Welcome to the workshop Sweit ageing - Swedish and Italian perspectives on ageing in Gothenburg, June 13-15 2022!

ELIA is a globally connected European network that provides a platform for exchange and development in higher arts education. It represents 260 members in 48 countries, across all art disciplines.

The University of Gothenburg is a member in ELIA through the Artistic Faculty.

Read more on the ELIA webpage

The European Marine Board (EMB) is a European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.

The University of Gothenburg is member of The European Marine Board through the Faculty of Science.

Webpage European Marine Board

Latin America

ACCESS is a collaboration project between universities in Chile and Sweden. The aim is to establish relations between researchers, students and employees in the two countries, in order to discuss challenges that are common for both countries.

Contact at the University of Gothenburg: Karin Wallin, International Centre

Visit the Staff Portal for more information about ACCESS Chile-Sweden

North America

SIREUS is a three-year collaboration project between the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC-USA) and twelve Swedish universities. The project will promote knowledge exchange in science, innovation and entrepreneurship and increase the mobility of students, trainees and researchers between Sweden and the USA.

The Staff Portal contains more information about SIREUS for Gothenburg University's employees and students.

To the SIREUS website

Collaboration involving several continents

Environment for Development (EfD) is a global network of research centers established in 2007 with the purpose of increasing the use of environmental economics to reduce poverty and increase sustainability in the Global South.

Efd contributes to solving the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges through policy-relevant research, capacity development and policy engagement.

EfD Centers are now established in 15 countries around the world and the network is coordinated from a global hub at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The purpose of the Erasmus+ SEA ASIA programme is to strengthen cooperation between the universities in the EU (Denmark, Portugal and Sweden) and Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Laos and Vietnam) and strengthen the capacity of universities to carry out high-quality higher education in strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

Website for Erasmus SEA-ASIA

European Teacher Education Network, ETEN, has around 60 members in 20 countries.

The University of Gothenburg is a member through the Faculty of Education.

Webpage ETEN

Global Sustainable Futures is a network established on 1 January 2020 to facilitate collaboration among Chalmers, the University of Gothenburg and universities in low- and middle-income countries. This work is subject to a truly bottom-up process based on experiences, plans, ideas and projects. The platform is organised within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV).

Read more at GMVs pages

International Association of Universities (IAU) is a UNESCO-based worldwide association composed of more than 650 institutions in some 130 countries. Its goal is to encourage cooperation among higher education institutions worldwide.

Pam Fredman, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, has been president of IAU since 2016.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide. SAR offers direct assistance to academics facing threats to their lives and acts as a matchmaker between scholars and member institutions offering temporary positions to scholars.

The network is based in New York (US) and has over 500 members representing 40 countries.

Since March 2016 there is a Swedish section of Scholars at Risk, SAR-Sweden. The section is coordinated from the University of Gothenburg.

The SDG 8 Initiative

THE SDG 8 INITIATIVE is the University of Gothenburg´s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda. The aim is to achieve sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Contact: Beata Berg Malmborg

The University of Gothenburg, as part of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and its Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster, has been asked to take a lead specifically on SDG 8. Every goal has its lead university, resulting in a global network of universities coordinating different goals. 

Read more about the IAU HESD cluster on the IAU website.

The network SDSN Northern Europe is part of a global UN initiative to identify and fill knowledge gaps, provide high-quality education for sustainable development, and provide advice and solutions for the transformation to a sustainable society.

The University of Gothenburg is a member through Gothenburg Centre for Sustainble Development (GMV).

Webpage SDSN Nothern Europe

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Listed on this page you will find the institutional-level networks and projects that are university-wide, which means that they are sanctioned by the university leadership and in most cases have a trans-disciplinary focus.

You will also find a few networks that are discipline specific and therefore handled at departmental level.

Partner universities

The University of Gothenburg works actively with partner universities, having approximately 1,200 exchange agreements with universities across the globe. A normal academic year roughly 1,100 exchange students study in Gothenburg and the student body includes around 70 nationalities, providing a truly international atmosphere and a unique academic environment.