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International Networks

The University of Gothenburg collaborates with top universities worldwide through international networks, cooperation platforms both in terms of research and education.

  • Business intelligence - influence the policy / lobbying
  • Knowledge and experience - benchmarking
  • Joint projects
  • Mobility exchange - students and staff
  • Locating cooperation and project partners
  • Strengthening education and research contacts

The University of Gothenburg is a member of the following networks:


The Aurora Network, which was established in October 2016, consists of nine European universities (one university / country), all with intensive research and about the same ranking. The focus is on global social challenges and all members are united by a commitment to contribute to the knowledge of the global societal challenges.

Members: The nine founding institutions are: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Universite Grenoble-Alpes (France), University of Aberdeen (Scotland), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Duisberg-Essen ( Germany), the University of East Anglia (England), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the University of Iceland.

Read more about the University's work in Aurora

European Universities Association (EUA)

The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 46 countries, providing a unique forum to network and stay updated regarding the latest trends in higher education and research policities. Members of the EUA are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.

EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow’s European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. The Association’s mandate in the Bologna process, contribution to EU research policy-making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation.

EUA is the result of a merger between the Association of European Universities (CRE) and the Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences, which took place in Salamanca, Spain on 31 March 2001.

EUA Website


Eutopia is a new alliance of six European universities; the British University of Warwick, the French University Paris Seine, the Belgian Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Slovenian University of Ljubljana, the Spanish University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and the University of Gothenburg.
One of the main goals is to form an alliance of European institutions in response to the European Commission’s appeal to create strategic co-operations. The University of Ljubljana will head the network, and the University of Gothenburg will initially take lead on issues concerning research, knowledge and innovation.

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International Association of Universities (IAU)

International Association of Universities (IAU) is a UNESCO-based worldwide association composed of institutions from 120 countries. The Association aims at giving expression to the obligation of universities and other higher education institutions as social institutions to promote, through teaching, research and services, the principles of freedom and justice, of human dignity and solidarity, and contributes, through international cooperation, to the development of material and moral assistance for the strengthening of higher education generally.

IAU website

Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS)

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 in order to promote the Nordic educational community. It consists of 57 Nordic institutions

Specialist seminars in different adminstrative 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.

NUAS Website

Nordic Centre India (NCI)

The Nordic Centre in India (NCI) is a consortium of 22 leading Nordic universities and institutions with research and education interests in Indian and Southeast Asia. NCI was established in 2001 with the objective of facilitating cooperation in research and higher education between the Nordic countries and India. Through academic exchange NCI seeks to strengthen Indo-Nordic ties and understanding.

Nordic Centre India offers targeted courses to Nordic university students both as short summer programs and semester stays. The courses are taught in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai.

The Nordic Centre in India's secretariat is now located at the University of Eastern Finland's Kuopio campus, and there is a liaison office in Delhi offering assistance to researchers, students wanting to arrange meetings, organise lectures, seminars and conferences, follow-up on research applications and establish contacts with Indian universities and government offices.

Scholars and representatives from member universities can also stay at the Director's residence in Delhi for both shorter and longer periods of stay. The residence has become a popular meeting place for Nordic researchers.

NCI Website

Nordic Centre Fudan University

University of Gothenburg is a member of the Nordic Centre Fudan University, which is a network with 25 Nordic universities, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Fudan University, one of the most prestigious 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 through the support of Nordic and Chinese students and researchers to promote a deeper mutual understanding and knowledge of language, culture and society.

University researchers are welcome to apply for funding for arrange academic activities for researchers or companies. More information about the network is available at the Nordic Centre Fudan University homepage.

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)

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 Nordic Council of Ministiers is the principal financer to NIAS.
NIAS's main activities and services compromise:

  • Basic and applied research
  • Research support, incl. NIAS LINC - library and information services
  • Support for education
  • Dissemination, incl. NIAS Press
  • Partnerships and networks.

A secretariat is located in Copenhagen.

NIAS Website

SGroup European Universities' Network

SGroup is a European Universities Network composed of 34 universities founded in May 1992 in Spain with the aim of establishing special academic, cultural and socio-economic ties and of setting up specific and advanced facilities as well as privileged channels of information and exchange.

The Group was also created to encourage contacts between universities and their surrounding communities or regions on matters related to social and technological development. There is a particular emphasis on activities in Latin America and the Mediterranean.

A secretariat is located in Brussels.

Examples of activities taking place in the network include:

  • Mobility programmes
  • Regional cooperation in Latin America and the Mediterranean
  • Summer schools

Task forces in the following areas:

  • Doctoral education
  • Cooperation in the Mediterranean
  • Cooperation in Latin America
  • Bologna process
  • Science education
  • Research

SGroup Website


SANORD is a non-profit, membership organisation of institutions of higher education and research, committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the Nordic and the Southern African regions, as they seek to address new local and global challenges of innovation and development.

Its activities are based on shared fundamental values of democracy, social equity, and academic engagement, and on the deep relationships of trust built up between the regions over many years.

In collaboration with the member institutions the SANORD Central Office is also developing an infrastructure that will give academics and graduate students access to valuable information about available staff exchange programmes, institutional scholarships, various Master’s and PhD programs, cultural exchange programs, summer or winter schools at member institutions and current networks on specific research focus areas.

SANORD Website

Scholars at risk (SAR)

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 was founded in 2000 and 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 and has 18 member institutions.

SAR Website


International Centre
Hans Abelius
University of Gothenburg
PO Box 100, SE-405 30 Gothenburg
Phone: +46 31 786 5460

Visiting address:
Rosenlundsgatan 4 (3rd floor)

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