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 In Focus

Report: Prerequisites for Strategic Internationalisation

Published 2011-06-30


The purpose of the study underlying this report “Prerequisites for Strategic Internationalisation at Swedish Universities and Colleges - an Analysis from a Management and Board Perspective” was to analyse the currently prevailing prospects for the management and boards of Swedish universities to conduct strategic internationalisation efforts. The study and report were based on interviews with a number of principals in March 2011.

In an international comparison Swedish universities are still fairly domestic, with relatively small volumes of international students, a small share of international staff and largely dependent on national funding for education as well as research. However, given the size of its economy, Sweden has a relatively large number of universities (Karolinska, Lund, Uppsala, Gothenburg, KTH, Chalmers, HHS and SLU), which appear in various prestigious international rankings.

The increase in international market opportunities, increased international competition for talent, attention and strategic partnerships together with increased need for greater research volumes and a quickly implemented new Swedish procedure for funding students from developing countries requires a strategic approach, analysis and plan for the ongoing internationalisation of Swedish teaching institutions.

A major responsibility for this strategic internationalisation currently falls on university management. Government departments and agencies provide limited directives and limited support. University senates seldom have the composition or agendas to support a clear focus on strategic internationalisation. Individual researchers and teachers are running a large number of international research and education initiatives and, with their various exchanges, each university has hundreds of international partners. However the prioritisation and management from a strategic perspective institution rests with the individual vice-chancellors and their immediate management colleagues. Swedish research financiers are not currently obvious partners for university management in their strategic internationalisation efforts.

The analysis which has been carried out reveals clear opportunities for strengthening university management in its strategic internationalisation efforts, in terms of cooperation and assistance in creating a market presence in priority markets and of access to co-financing of the earliest stages of strategic internationalisation.
The complete report is available HERE (Swedish).
 

 
 
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