Research and Innovation Policy Bill
STINT has today submitted its comments on the government’s Research and Innovation Policy Bill. The communication aims to provide a brief trend description and an analysis of international developments in higher education and research. It will also present STINT’s approach to operation, whilst suggesting what the Swedish knowledge system might do in order to improve Sweden’s competitiveness.
STINT’s communication highlights the major changes taking place on the international landscape of research and higher education. New research nations are investing determinedly and heavily in the research and development of new universities. Countries which have dominated research, including Sweden, must continue investing heavily in research and higher education if they are not to fall behind the new research nations.
International cooperation in research and higher education is a necessary basis for broadening research horizons and stimulating innovation and inspiration to allow researchers to find answers to the big questions in their research fields. International cooperation also provides opportunities for new opportunities, skills, infrastructure, finance and markets whilst leading to greater overall efficiency in research and higher education.
In responding to the new conditions, the communication suggests that a more strategic internationalisation of higher education and research in Sweden may be necessary. Strategic internationalisation is crucial to the future competitiveness and continued development of universities. The Swedish university system is excellent, but Swedish universities are relatively unknown abroad.
It was also noted that, unlike some other countries, there is no Swedish agency or actor with the explicit task of facilitating universities’ need for contact creation at university management level or associated presence and support activities in key markets abroad. In other words, a link in a value chain between universities, funding bodies and official bodies abroad. The mission of such an actor might include:
- Identification of sources of finance for Swedish higher education institutions in another country,
- Identification of opportunities for Swedish universities to collaborate with Swedish and regional companies in another country,
- Initiation of a dual-degree programmes between universities in Sweden and another country and increased recognition for Swedish universities in that country.
The communication is largely based on the reports compiled by the Foundation in 2011, in Swedish:
R 11:01 Prerequisities for Strategic Internationalisation - an Analysis from a Management and Board Perspective
R 11:02 The Swedish Konwledge System - an Opening for Future Exports