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International networks

The University of Gothenburg collaborates with top universities worldwide through international networks and university-wide projects, 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 and university-wide projects:


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.

ACCESS website


Sweden-USA Project for Collaboration, Academic Leadership & Innovation in Higher Education (CALIE) is a collaboration project between Swedish and American Universities. Participating Swedish Universities are Lund University, University of Gothenburg, Stockholm University and Uppsala University where as the American Universities participating are Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and University of Washington.

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. Lund University is coordinating the collaboration.

Contact: Karolina Catoni, International Centre, University of Gothenburg

CALIE website

European Universities Association (EUA)

The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in about 50 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 CY Cergy Paris, 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.

Eutopia website


Inspireurope is a collaboration between ten partner organizations in Europe with focus on providing support to researchers whose lives or careers are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence.
The partners will among other things establish a platform to increase the employment of researchers and increase the number of researchers at risk applying 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.

Inspireurope website

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.

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

IAU website


MIRAI is a tree-year project funded jointly by STINT, seven Swedish and eight Japanese universities and with financial support from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). It is specifically directed at researchers who are at an early stage of their carrer. 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.

MIRAI 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 20 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 located in Aarhus, Denmark.

NCI Website

Nordic Centre Fudan University

University of Gothenburg is a member of the Nordic Centre Fudan University, which is a network with 24 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 center is located on Fudan University´s campus, in a building with offices, meeting rooms and seminar rooms, that can be used by network members.

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. Teachers and researchers at the University of Gothenburg are welcome to apply for funding to arrange research seminars and workshops in Shanghai. The Centre also arranges summer courses, open for the students of the University of Gothenburg.

From January 2021, the University of Gothenburg will host the secretariat.

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 Ministers 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 university network composed of 34 universities in some 15 European countries. The network was founded in Spain in 1989, and the University of Gothenburg joined 1993. The aim of the network is strengthened internationalization via benchmarking and joint projects.

The projects incluce working groups for exchange of ideas and knowledge linked to cooperation with South America and China, the creation of a joint summer school in Shanghai, exchanges on supervision at postgraduate level and the construction of a firmer structure for recurring benchmarking, The SGroup Think Academy.

SGroup Website


SANORD is an international network of higher education and research, committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the Nordic and the Southern African regions.

The network aims to provide a platform for research, education and collaboration. Within the framework of the network, incoming master's students are offered Brian O’Connell scholarship for studies at the Nordic universities. Research collaboration funds are announced on an annual basis. SANORD organizes a conference every year, every two years in the Nordic region and every two years in Southern Africa.

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 about 20 member institutions.

SAR Website


The South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is a three-year collaboration project between 13 Swedish and 23 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.

SASUF website

Questions? Contact

Karolina Catoni, +46 31 786 2679
Sarah Blichfeldt, +46 31 786 4311
Kristin Rådesjö, +46 31 786 5875
Karin Jonson, +46 31 786 2634

at the International Centre

Page Manager: Lena Pedersen|Last update: 5/7/2020

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