Chalmers retains its position as one of Sweden’s most international universities. For the fifth year in a row, Chalmers is awarded the highest mark by The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, Stint, presenting its Internationalisation Index. The index is based on six different dimensions related to research, access to education in a language other than Swedish, and students and employees’ international mobility. The index measures a total of 28 universities in Sweden and as one of four universities, Chalmers receives five out of five stars. The current results are based on data for 2019, i.e. before the pandemic affected HEIs.
“The award is a mark on Chalmers’ long-term work on internationalization. We are happy to maintain our position as a very internationalized university”, says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO at Chalmers. “We work strategically to recruit internationally and Chalmers’ work with various international networks also strengthens research, innovation and education in various ways. At the same time, we know that the pandemic has given us new challenges and place even higher demands on us to keep up the pace and perseverance at work.”
“The trend for 2019 continues to be positive, which is great, because internationalisation and intercultural competence are becoming ever more important in an increasingly polarised world. However, there is a risk that we will see negative effects of the pandemic next year”, says Stint’s Executive Director, Andreas Göthenberg.
Stint has developed the index to promote a fact-based discussion about internationalisation and to show development. In addition to Chalmers, KTH, Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) received five stars in the index.
Text: Ingrid Claesson
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