International collaboration projects

Uppsala University is part of a number of university-wide international collaboration projects.


EASTEM (Euro-Asia Collaboration for Enhancing STEM Education) is a capacity-building project within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme running between 2019 – 2022 with a budget of 1 million EUR. The project aims to improve employability of STEM graduates in Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand by developing the competence of lecturers and bridging the gap between industry and academia.

EASTEM is coordinated by the International Office at Uppsala University and engages the following partner universities: Vilnius University, IMT Atlantique, HCMC University of Technology and Education, Hue University of Sciences, Hung Yen University of Technology and Education, Chiang Mai University, Mahidol University, Prince of Songkla University, Del Institute of Technology, Udayana University, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Gadjah Mada. The Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Vietnam Electronics Industries Association are associated partners in EASTEM.

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Contact at Uppsala University: Miriam Tardell


Listo logoThe Latin American and European Cooperation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (LISTO) is an Erasmus+ capacity building project running from 2017 until 2020 with a budget of 1 Million Euro. Coordinated by the International Office of Uppsala University, it brings together seven universities from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and three from Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain to facilitate an exchange of good practice in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. LISTO has three specific objectives: 1. Strengthen university-industry relations by applying the AIMday method developed by Uppsala University Innovation; 2. Develop the entrepreneurial skill set of teachers and students by developing and testing an international entrepreneurship classroom; 3. Discuss strategies to foster innovation and entrepreneurship as a university-wide strategy.

Contact at Uppsala University: Philipp Baur


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South Africa- Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is coordinated by Uppsala University and is a strategic internationalisation project that brings together researchers, funding agencies and ministries from Sweden and South Africa through activities in both countries from 2018 to 2020.

The project has a budget of approximately SEK 18 million with funding from STINT (the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), participating Swedish universities, the South African National Research Foundation, and the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

The second South Africa–Sweden Research & Innovation Week takes place in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 6–10th of May 2018 and will address the following challenges:

Theme 1: Climate change, natural resources and sustainability.
Theme 2: Transforming higher education curricula: the nexus between academia and society.
Theme 3: Social transformation through change: knowledge and social development strategies for society.
Theme 4: Understanding the burden of disease in Sweden and South Africa and its impact on the health systems of the two countries in the future.
Theme 5: Urbanization and cities in the 21st Century.
Theme 6: Digital technologies, big data and cybersecurity.

Contact at Uppsala University: Gustaf Cars and Pearl Mulkerrins.


Mirai logoMIRAI is a collaborative project between leading universities in Sweden and Japan. The project is financed jointly by STINT (The Foundation for the Internationalisation of Higher Education and Research), the seven Swedish and eight Japanese universities, and aims to strengthen academic cooperation between Sweden and Japan.

MIRAI is especially focused on researchers at an early stage of their career who want to develop and lead joint Swedish-Japanese research projects in primarily Innovation, Aging, Materials Science and Sustainability.

In autumn 2017, the first MIRAI seminar was held at Lund University. In Lund plenary sessions as well as Scientific sessions in the different MIRAI topics were organised.

In the autumn of 2018, the second MIRAI seminar was held in Tokyo. In connection with this, the 150th anniversary of Swedish-Japanese diplomatic relations was also celebrated. Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson participated together with ten researchers in various fields including innovation.

On November 12-14, 2019, Uppsala University and Stockholm University will host the third MIRAI seminar. The opening day takes place in Uppsala, while workshops within MIRAI's four themes (Aging, Material Sciences, Sustainability and Innovation) take place in Stockholm.

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.

Timetable for the seminar series within the ACCESS project

Upcoming seminars:

  • Seminar in Uppsala and Stockholm in 2-5 December 2019, which will be held on the same year that Chile and Sweden celebrate 200 years of cooperation!

Contact at Uppsala University: Fanny Jonsson

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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: Björn Nyström


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


São Paulo Research Foundation

Since 2015, Uppsala University has been involved in a collaboration with FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation). The aim is to encourage research cooperation by jointly providing funding for researchers from Uppsala University and the Brazilian state of São Paulo.

Read more about previously granted SPRINT-projects Uppsala University / FAPESP. 

Contact at Uppsala University: Fanny Jonsson

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