International networks

Uppsala University is part of a number of university-wide international collaboration networks and regional centres. These provide exchanges for students, researchers, staff and teachers, symposia and conferences, evaluation and benchmarking, course syllabus development and common projects.

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The Guild

The Guild comprises some of Europe’s most distinguished research-intensive universities. Founded in 2016, it is dedicated to enhancing the voice of academic institutions, their researchers and their students. See the Guild’s web page for its latest policy contributions.

Contact at Uppsala University: Johannes Jarlebring

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U4 - Society

Founded in 2008 with the purpose of furthering collaboration in international projects, research, and exchange for students and researchers. The U4 Network is a collaboration between four European universities: Ghent University, the University of Göttingen, the University of Groningen, Tartu University and Uppsala University.

Contact at Uppsala University: Oskar Pettersson

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Coimbra Group

The Coimbra Group was founded in 1985 with the goal of promoting academic and cultural ties between the universities. The Coimbra Group has created a range of scholarships, summer schools, long term projects, prizes and more. The group is actively involved in policy decisions regarding higher education on a European level, and works as an expert group in a number of different arenas.

Contact at Uppsala University: Anna Ledin

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The Matariki Network of Universities, named after the Maori name for the Pleiades star formation, is a network of universities spanning the entire globe. The members of the network are amongst their countries’ oldest and most respected universities, and they play an important role in their local communities. The network, with its motto “Partnering for a better world”, encompasses student, researcher, staff and teaching exchange, benchmarking, social responsibility, cultural and sport activities, joint programmes and more.

Contact at Uppsala University: Torsten Blomqvist



The Southern African–Nordic Centre (SANORD) was founded in 2007. SANORD is a network of institutions of higher education and research from all Nordic countries and from southern Africa. Uppsala University was one of the eight founding universities, but the number of member universities is now close to 50. SANORD organizes an annual conference where researchers and administrators from the member institutions have the possibility to meet.

Contact at Uppsala University: Helin Bäckman Kartal

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The Baltic University Programme

Founded in 1991, The Baltic University Programme (BUP) currently comprises 84 Member Universities in the drainage area of the Baltic Sea Region. Being an innovative Programme by its nature, BUP strives to find novel ways of interaction and cooperation among universities by promoting openness, internationalisation and mobility in the Baltic Sea Region. The main aim is to support the work to build strong regional educational and research communities.

The programme is committed to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of sustainable development, environmental protection, nature resources, democracy and education for sustainable development (ESD). This is achieved by developing and offer university courses, support multi- and interdisciplinary research co-operations, and by participation in transdisciplinary projects in cooperation with different stakeholders in society as authorities, municipalities and business.

Contact person at Uppsala University: Madeleine Granvik

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Universities and Swedish Institutes Cooperating for Internationalisation

USI is a cross-disciplinary network that promotes the internationalisation of Swedish research and education. Six Swedish universities and the Swedish Mediterranean Institutes work together to offer international research seminars and Master’s courses that include fieldwork in the Mediterranean region.

Contact person at Uppsala University: Lars Hagborg

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Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty, and well-being, in part by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in their network for those forced to flee. SAR also provides advisory services for displaced scholars who are struggling to restart their lives and their careers in their new location. Over 500 higher education institutions worldwide are members of the network. The Swedish Section for Scholars at Risk is a vibrant community with representatives from 20 universities nationwide, including Uppsala University. We work actively to raise awareness in Sweden and towards securing funding in order to offer scholars at risk temporary positions in Sweden. Uppsala University has been a member since 2014, and hosted its first at risk scholar in 2019. Find out more about the Swedish Section for Scholars at Risk at the website.

Last modified: 2022-05-25