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International Cooperations

Umeå University is part of a number of university-wide international cooperations. Through these, we want to promote knowledge exchange, and strengthen research as well as education.

Collaborative projects

The university participates in three university-wide collaborative projects with countries outside of Europe: Japan (Mirai), South Africa (SASUF), and South Korea (Study in Sweden).


"Mirai" - future! is a project to strengthen academic cooperation in education, research and innovation between Swedish and Japanese universities. The project is specifically directed towards researchers who are in the early stages of their career. The topic and focus is sustainability, materials science and aging.

Visit the MIRAI website 
Read more about Umeå University's participation in MIRAI

Contact at Umeå University: Jenny Ahlinder Hagberg

South Africa - Sweden University Forum (SASUF)

A collaborative STINT-project between universities, organizations and authorities in Sweden and South Africa. Uppsala University is coordinating the project. Umeå University participates along with University of Gothenburg, Karlstad University, Lund University, University West and Malmö University.

In the years 2017–2020, researchers, students, companies, research funding and authorities from Sweden and South Africa will offer opportunities for different forms of cooperation, in order to strengthen existing relations between the two countries and establish new forms of sustainable cooperation with a focus on younger researchers.

Read more about SASUF

Contact at Umeå University: Jessica Bergström Grahn

Study in Sweden in South Korea

Study in Sweden in South Korea is a unique project to recognize Sweden as a knowledge nation where one of the sub goals is to increase the number of students from this region to the higher education institutions. The project also includes collaboration with industry for internships for Korean and Swedish students, making Swedish research more known and developing a strong alumni network.

The project is a collaboration between the Swedish Embassy in Seoul and Umeå University, KTH and Lund University. It is supported by the Swedish Institute and the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.

Contact at Umeå University: Petra Käck

Networks and memberships

The university is a member of several international networks with different specialisations, consisting of higher education institutions, research institutes, and other organisations. The networks aim to share experience and knowledge through joint activities and projects.

Baltic University Programme (BUP)

BUP is a network of over 200 higher education institutions in the Baltic Sea area. The programme creates and coordinates courses at the undergraduate and master level at its participating institutions, and sponsors joint research projects with a focus on sustainable development in the region. In addition to courses, conferences are held annually for students and university teachers. BUP is coordinated by Uppsala University.

Contact at Umeå University: Ingrid Svensson

Read more about the Baltic University Programme

CNARC - China-Nordic Arctic Research Center

CNARC aims to develop collaborations in Arctic research, to increase awareness of the situation in the Arctic and to create a platform that can assist sustainable development. CNARC currently consists of 18 member institutes from China and the Nordic countries, all of which are leading think tanks and institutes for Arctic studies in their respective countries and have the capacity to influence, coordinate and initiate research on the Arctic.

Contact at Umeå University: Peter Sköld and Anngelica Kristoferqvist
Read more about CNARC

Council for Doctoral Education EUA-CDE

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was launched in 2008 on the initiative of the European University Association and responded to a growing interest in postgraduate education in Europe. The network covers more than 30 countries and 230 universities and colleges. The purpose of the EUA-CDE is to strengthen postgraduate education at European universities and thus contribute to increased competitiveness with the rest of the world.

Contact at Umeå University: Ester Roos-Engstrand
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The Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS)

NUAS was founded in 1976 and is a member-driven collaborative organization with 65 members of universities and colleges. A joint conference is organized every year. In addition, NUAS has 14 interest groups that focus on specific administrative disciplines, with a total of 125 active members. The purpose of NUAS is to collaborate on the improvement and professionalisation of administrative solutions in the university sector.

Contact at Umeå University: Gunilla Stendahl
Read more about NUAS


Euraxess is a European initiative that provides information and support services to researchers, regardless of career stage, and supports researchers' mobility and career development with the aim of developing scientific collaboration, mainly in Europe but also in other parts. Umeå University has been a member of the network since 2016.

Contact at Umeå University: Rosita Nilsson
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Europe’s international network for Higher Education professionals (HUMANE)

HUMANE, University Management & Administration Network in Europe, is an international association whose goal is to promote innovation in higher education services and to drive professional competence development in higher education for leaders.

Contact at Umeå University: Susanne Fahlgren
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European Documentation Center (EDC)

UB is one of ten university and college libraries in Sweden with a European documentation center for EU information.

The network of EDIC offices is run by the European Commission together with the European Parliament's offices, local and regional partners. There are around 440 information offices around the EU and in Sweden they are located in 14 places. The activities of the Europa Direkt offices aim to involve the public in EU affairs by creating a stable environment for networking.

Contact at Umeå University: Anders Lennver

European University Association

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities in 48 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna process and influences EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. EUA offers opportunities for members to share experiences and knowledge through projects, events and other joint activities, involving a large number of universities. In addition, the EUA offers opportunities to influence European policies and initiatives that affect higher education and research.

Contact at Umeå University: Agneta Hånell Plamboeck
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European Women Rectors Association

The European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) is an international non-profit association founded in Brussels in 2015. The aim is to promote the role of women in leading positions in the academic sector, and to advocate gender equality in higher education and research at European and international universities.

Contact at Umeå University: Ester Roos-Engstrand

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Magna Charta

Umeå University signed the Magna Charta Universitatum in 2008. The declaration expresses a number of principles that universities are autonomous and have academic freedom and independence. In 1988, 388 Vice-Chancellor´s signed the Magna Charta Universitatum for the first time. The declaration has now been revised and signed by Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson, 2021.

Contact at Umeå University: Per Nilsson
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Nordtek - Network of the Rectors and Deans of the Technical Universities in the five Nordic countries

The NORDTEK network's mission is to strengthen the advances in technology science and their applications to our societies through cooperation with the help of our long common history. NORDTEK focuses on engineering education, entrepreneurship and innovation and student mobility.

Contact at Umeå University: Åsa Boily
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Nordic Center in Shanghai, China

The Nordic Centre in Shanghai, China, is located at Fudan University. For researchers at member universities the centre offer:

  • funding for research stays,
  • services for visiting scholars (for example office spaces, practical help on relocating temporarily, access to academic resources of Fudan University),
  • funding for seminars, workshops and conferences.

Students from Umeå University have the opportunity to take summer courses at the centre to study Chinese society.

Contact at Umeå University: Heidi Hansson

Sara Franke Wikberg (for application to summer courses)

Read more about the Nordic Centre in Shanghai

Nordic Centre in India

The Nordic Centre provides its member universities with help to:

  • find partners in India,
  • organise workshops and conferences,
  • apply for research visas,
  • arrange visits to Indian universities.

Contact at Umeå University: Heidi Hansson

Sara Franke Wikberg (for application to summer courses)

Read more about the Nordic Centre in India

Scholars at Risk (SAR)

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network that works to protect threatened scholars and to promote academic freedom around the world.

Contact at Umeå University: Ingrid Svensson
Read more about Scholars at Risk

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDNS)

Promotes integrated approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through education, research, policy analysis and global cooperation. Umeå University has been part of SDNS since 2018/2019.

Contact at Umeå University: Lisa Redin
Read more about Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDNS)

The Arctic Five

Umeå University is part of a collaboration to gather university resources in Sweden, Norway and Finland around the Arctic. A collaboration agreement on a "Joint Arctic Agenda" was signed in 2016. The signatory parties are Luleå University of Technology, the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsö, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, the University of Oulu and the University of Umeå. The purpose of the cooperation is to ensure a stronger position internationally in matters concerning the Arctic.

Contact at Umeå University: Dieter Müller
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University of the Arctic

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is an international network for the Arctic region. The network consists of universities, research institutes and other organisations with an interest in disseminating research and education in the region. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborations in education and research that can help improve the living conditions of people in the north.

Contact at Umeå University: Peter Sköld and Per Axelsson

Read more about the University of the Arctic

Exchange programmes

The exchange programmes offers students, teachers and staff to apply for international exchanges. The programmes also make it possible for departments at the university to apply for collaborative projects with foreign universities.


Erasmus+ is the EU programme to support education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014–2020. The programme offers opportunities in learning mobility for students and staff, innovation and good practices, and support for policy reform.

Contact at Umeå University: Jenny Ahlinder Hagberg


Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme for teachers and students at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) who teach or study at first-cycle or second cycle level. The programme aims to stimulate cooperation between Swedish Higher Education Institutions' (HEI) and HEI's in low and middle income countries, to raise internationalisation.

Contact at Umeå University: Monika Larsson


The Nordplus higher education programme is the exchange programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers for students and teachers at universities and university colleges in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The programme is based on a number of networks and projects between higher education institutions in the different countries.

Contact at Umeå University: Alexandra Lindén


The North2North exchange programme is a network within the University of the Arctic, which is designed for students who have an "Arctic theme" in their degree programme. It aims to increase cooperation between a number of participating universities in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Iceland and the northern parts of the USA and Canada.

Contact at Umeå University: Alexandra Lindén