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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


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!

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

Sweden-USA Project for Collaboration, Academic Leadership & Innovation in Higher Education (CALIE) is a collaboration project between Swedish and American universities.

The focus within this project is on the renewal of education and on academic leadership as key aspects for enabling change for the future. The Swedish universities have applied for funding for the project with Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency. Lund University is coordinating the collaboration.

Participating universities:

  • Lund University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Stockholm University
  • Uppsala University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Washington

Contact at the University of Gothenburg: Karolina Catoni, International Centre

CALIE website

Collaboration involving several continents

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.

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

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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. (The majority of the international networks are discipline specific and are therefore handled at departmental level. These are not listed on this page.)

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.