International collaboration projects

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


“SkillMill: Helping students understand, identify and express soft skills gained during studies abroad” is a Strategic Partnership project financed by the EU, within the Erasmus+ framework. The project has a budget of about 281 000 EUR and will run for three years (2019-2022). SkillMill is coordinated by Uppsala University, and includes University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Stavanger (Norway), and University of Tartu (Estonia).

The project’s goal is to develop a structured method to help students identify and express development of personal “soft skills” during studies abroad, which overlap strongly with key professional skills that are highly sought after by employers of today. This is achieved by uniting experts in career counselling with students from the Department of Game Design at Uppsala University’s Campus Gotland. In collaboration with stakeholders from the private and public sector, this team will develop a digital learning toolkit.

Students will be equipped with this “SkillMill Toolkit” during their studies abroad, which will give them training in primarily two aspects. Firstly, in understanding that their own experiences during studies abroad offer excellent training opportunities to develop personal skills, which are highly sought after by employers. Secondly, they will receive training in communicating these experiences, insights and personal developments narratively, in a way that is beneficial in a recruitment situation.

Contact at Uppsala University: Björn Nyström


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 and South African universities, the National Research Foundation, and the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa.

The third South Africa–Sweden Research & Innovation Week will take place in Sweden on 4–8th of May 2020 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.


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 11-14, 2019, Uppsala University and Stockholm University were hosts for the third MIRAI seminar “Moving together towards a sustainable future”. In total more than 200 persons participated in the 4-day event. Moreover the continuation of MIRAI was discussed.

Contact at Uppsala University: Ulrica Ouline


The Academic Collaboration Chile - Sweden (ACCESS) is a platform initiated in 2016 with the aim to strengthen academic collaboration through activities in research, education and innovation within the framework of ‘a sustainable society’. Currently, 15 unvierstities in Sweden and Chile are part of the platform.

The platform aims to increase research collaboration between Sweden and Chile. ACCESS was mentioned as a high-priority project during the Chilean State Visit to Sweden in May 2016.

What does ACCESS offer?

Through the ACCESS platform, a possibility is given to identify and collectively discuss solutions on common challenges for both Chile and Sweden. Every year a bilateral research seminar is held (every second year in Sweden and every second year in Chile) where a broad spectrum of societal challenges is discussed in workshops. The goal is to facilitate a creative dialogue between researchers from both countries

Timetable for the seminar series within the ACCESS project

Seminar in Lund, 17–18 August 2017

Seminar in Santiago, Chile, 26-30 November 2018. Read more about the last ACCESS seminar in Santiago.

Upcoming seminars:

The third Academic forum of ACCESS has been moved to 8-11 June 2020. We look forward to welcoming our Chilean and Swedish colleagues to Uppsala and Stockholm to discuss sustainability challenges.

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


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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