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Report to the government on how Sweden should cooperate with China

Sylvia Schwaag Serger was tasked by the Swedish Government Offices with investigating how Sweden should cooperate with China in the areas of innovation, research and higher education.  

New staff members

During the last six months, STINT’s different operational areas have been strengthened by four new staff members.

A message from STINT’s Executive Director

The Executive Director informs about The Sweden-Japan University and Research Leadership Summit i Kyoto, where STINT and The Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo will gather leaders from Swedish and Japanese universities and funding organisations to discuss impact and sustainability in strategic academic partnerships. He also tells about the new STINT initiative in China and welcomes four new employees to STINT. 

An international approach to internationalisation is needed

Sweden needs to prepare for ongoing global changes in the production of knowledge and competition for knowledge resources, writes STINT in its statement on the first report of the Internationalisation Inquiry. 

Popular breakfast seminar on STINT’s new China initiative

On Thursday 23 August, STINT hosted a breakfast seminar at which its experts on China presented STINT’s initiative in the country and the support it can offer to Swedish higher education institutions regarding trend analysis in and strategic cooperation with China. The presentations from the seminar are available here.

Research on and at International Branch Campuses

STINT, in collaboration with a research group at the State University of New York at Albany, studies how research at International Branch Campuses (IBCs) develops. 

STINT funds fast track for new arrivals with doctoral training

The University of Gothenburg and four other higher education institutions have launched a project that will help new arrivals who commenced or completed their doctoral studies to continue their careers in Sweden. The project has been granted SEK 1 million as part of STINT’s Grants for Integration and Internationalisation programme. 

Interesting discussion of the links between education and research

On Tuesday the 22nd of May, STINT, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Umeå University presented a seminar entitled “Implementing Linkages between Education & Research.” The seminar involved around 70 participants from higher education institutions in Sweden and abroad, the Swedish Government Offices and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).

A message from STINT’s Executive Director

The Executive Director informs about STINT’s initiative to boost communication and outreach about internationalising higher education and research. He is also commenting the government inquiry into internationalisation and a recent STINT report.

Impact study - STINT internationalises the Swedish academy

The impact study of STINT´s entire business 1994 – 2015 indicates several positive consequences.
The main part of STINT´s funding has been invested in research collaborations. A large share of the collaborations continues after the period of STINT funding on the same or an even larger scale.

Researcher Mobility in Swedish Higher Education Institutions

STINT has in cooperation with Elsevier made a comprehensive mapping of how researchers move between higher education institutions. In the data-intensive report, brain circulation maps are given for 28 Swedish HEIs for three types of mobility; national, international and overall. The study was launched at a seminar on December 9th, 2016. 

STINT Internationalisation Index 2016

STINT has investigated how international 28 Swedish HEIs are. With this internationalisation index, STINT offers a novel opportunity to measure in a relatively comprehensive manner how international a HEI is.

An international and interdisciplinary course between Lund and China

Charlotta Johnsson and Carl-Henric Nilsson, Lund University, received a grant from STINT for the initiation and development of an international and cross-disciplinary course with Zhejiang University. The course has resulted in innovations generated jointly by Swedish and Chinese students. 


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.

World Science Forum

STINT and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other participating organisations at the World Science Forum in Budapest, November 17-19 2011, have adopted the "Declaration of the Budapest World Science Forum 2011 on a New Era of Global Science."

STINT Forum on Global Trends and Challenges

On September 21 2011, a STINT Forum was organised on global trends and challenges in higher education and research with several international speakers, including Ben Wildavsky from the Kauffman Foundation and Jamil Salmi from the World Bank. The intention of the workshop was to draw attention to the enormous changes taking place globally in higher education and research.

Report: The Swedish Knowledge System – An Opening for Future Exports

During 2010-2011, STINT has created a working group consisting of people with major international experience to discuss strategic internationalisation. The work resulted in the report The Swedish Knowledge System – An Opening for Future Exports, presented on 21st September

Report: Prerequisites for Strategic Internationalisation

The purpose of the study underlying this report was to analyse the currently prevailing prospects for the management and boards of Swedish universities to conduct strategic internationalisation efforts.

STINT visits President E. Gordon Gee

A delegation from STINT led by its Executive Director, Dr. Andreas Gothenberg, met President E. Gordon Gee of the Ohio State University on October 26. According to Time Magazine, Gordon Gee is one of the best College Presidents in the US.

Nordic Centre, Shanghai, China

The Nordic Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai was celebrating its 15th anniversary and inauguration of its new building on May 26th. The STINT board is supporting the centre with 10 000 Euro. Several of Sweden's major universities are members of the centre.

The Bell Tower and Beyond

Dr Birgitte Malm, Associate Professor at Malmö University spent the Fall term 2009 at Furman University, USA on the STINT Excellence in Teaching Programme. STINT has since some years established co-operation with American higher education institutions, dedicated to Liberal Education.

Frizzled signalling

Gunnar Schulte at Karolinska Institutet was awarded an Institutional Grant for Younger Researchers in 2008 for the international collaboration project "Frizzled signalling - protein-protein interactions and intracellular scaffolding as a means of signal transduction".

Online games - the rise of creative industries in Asia

With a travel grant from the STINT funded SSAAPS project Patrik Ström and Mirko Ernkvist studied online games in South East Asia. The service industry has become the most important part of GDP in all of the world’s most advanced economies.


A triggered lightning

In the beginning of 2001 a lightning research group at Uppsala started a research program on NOx production from lightning flashes. During one of the international conference gatherings Professor Vernon Cooray had a discussion with Professor Vlad Rakov from University of Florida on the possibility of a joint cooperation. These discussions led to a submission of an application to STINT for funding for an international collaboration between Uppsala University and University of Florida. The application was granted and the collaboration was initiated in 2005.

Is there an Asian model of aid emerging?

Professor Marie Söderberg at the European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University received a travel grant of 50 000 SEK from the Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific Studies (SSAAPS) to seek an answer to this question.  



Verbal Interaction Studies

At the end of 2005, an Institutional Grant was yielded to the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies of Stockholm University, together with its partner department of Language Sciences at the Catholic University of Chile, for the implementation of an exchange programme: "Verbal Interaction Studies in Santiago and Stockholm" (VISSAS). The first two years of the programme are now being completed and a following two-year period of funding started off in July.  Total funding allocated is 2.4 million SEK.               

Theoretical magnetism

Since the beginning of 2006 STINT supports an institutional collaboration between the Department of Physics, Uppsala University, and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Charles University, Prague. The total sum allocated for a four-year period is 2.4 million SEK.

Spatio-temporal stochastic models

Professor Ulla Holst, Department of Mathematical Statistics, Lund University, is leading a STINT Institutional Grant for long-term cooperation with Professor Peter Guttorp, University of Washington, Seattle, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado since the beginning of 2006. The theme is spatio-temporal stochastic models and their use in climatology, meteorology, ocean engineering and safety. The total sum allocated for a four-year period is 2 million SEK.   

Quantum dynamics and quantum simulations

As the first Institutional Grant, out of more than a dozen within the programme for collaboration with China, Professor Shiwu Gao, at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg (GU), received a grant in spring 2006 to start a long-term collaboration within Physics with Prof. Enge Wang and his colleagues at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The total sum allocated for a four-year period is 2.8 million SEK.                                                   

Small cells and big questions

In April 2006 Professor Birgitta Bergman, Department of Botany, Stockholm University received a STINT Institutional Grant for long-term cooperation with Luisa Falcon, Department of Molecular Ecology and Evolution, UNAM in Mexico and other partners, for research on marine cyanobacteria: small cells and big questions.                                                   

The Stockholm-Tsukuba International Program for Central Asian Studies

In April 2007, Associate Professor Birgit Schlyter, Department of South and Central Asian Studies at Stockholm University received a STINT Institutional Grant for long-term cooperation with Associate Professor Timur Dadabaev of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba in Japan. The intention is to promote graduate programmes and the training of future scholars in the young and still developing discipline of Central Asian Studies.                                                   

Understanding seasonal streamflow variations in Central Brazil

In 2004, Dr Cintia Bertacchi Uvo, Department of Water Resources Engineering, Lund University, received a STINT Institutional Grant for long-term collaboration with Prof. Robin T. Clarke at the Institute for Hydraulics Research from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The project has received SEK 600 000 for a four-year period.


A cool supergiant star

n 2004 Dr Kjell Eriksson, Department of Astronomyand Space Physics, Uppsala University, received a STINT Institutional Grant for long-term cooperation with Dr Alexander Brown, Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, University of Colorado at Boulder in USA. They intend to develop the experience of young researchers in astronomy.                                                   

Investigations of realistic materials

In 2004 Rajeev Ahuja, Department of Physics,  Uppsala University started a STINT Institutional Grant supported project, cooperating with Department of Physics at Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea. The project has received an annual funding of SEK 600 000.                                                    

The Asian service economy

Patrik Ström is an economist with a special interest in Japan, and he has taken his PhD-degree in economic geography at the Göteborg School of Economics, partly financed as a SSAAPS doctoral student. Today he is a Pro Futura scholarship holder.                                                   

Dynamics, fractals and wavelets

In 2004, Associate Professor Sergei Silvestrov, Lund University received a STINT Institutional Grant for development of cooperation, with groups at the Departments of Mathematics in Oslo University, Norway, University of Iowa, USA, Keio University, Japan and Copenhagen University, Denmark, in the area of operator non-commutative analysis of dynamics, fractals and wavelets.                                                   

Gendered consequences of democratization

Ms Elin Bjarnegård, PhD student at Uppsala University, has received travel grants through the Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific Studies, SSAAPS, financed by  STINT, for two study periods in Thailand, in 2005 and in 2006.

The research project concerns the role of political parties in a new democratic setting.

Media and Communication

In 2004 Professor Birgitta Höijer, Department of Humanities, Örebro University started a STINT Institutional Grant supported project, cooperating with Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London and Film and Media Studies at Copenhagen University.                                                    

The biology of neuroblastoma

In the spring of 2005, Daniel Wetterstrand, a PhD student at the Department of Medical Chemistry and Cell Biology, Göteborg University, spent a period at Chiba Cancer Center Research Institute, in Chiba, Japan on a Thunberg scholarship.                                                   

Information Management within Production

Nowadays the field of Production Engineering is not only about production, but also about management of information about production.

In 2005 Astrid von Euler-Chelpin, Department of Production Engineering, KTH, spent four months at the Department of Precision Machinery, University of Tokyo on a STINT Thunberg scholarship.                                                   

The brain that smells sweat

Johan Lundström, in 2004 a PhD-student at the Department of Psychology, Uppsala university, then spent the fall term at Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Canada, with support from the STINT Foundation. He is presently a postdoc at McGill University.                                                   

Exoplanets – Detection and Physical Properties

In 2004 Dr Claes-Ingvar Lagerkvist, Department of Astronomy and Space Physics, Uppsala University obtained STINT support on the Project Based Personnel Exchange Programme, PPP, for two years for cooperation with the Institute of Planetary Research, DLR in Berlin (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). In late 2005 he was granted continued support for a third year.

Experiencing the dynamics of research and education in China

In 2003 Professor Deliang Chen, Regional Climate Group at the Department of Earth Sciences, Göteborg University  obtained  STINT support for a project entitled “Weather regimes in a changing climate: how does it affect soil erosion in Loess Plateau of China?

Wanted: Sound Designer for Vacuum Cleaner

Professor Kurt Sandkuhl, Jönköping University College received a STINT Institutional Grant in 2003 for cooperation with two groups,

one at the St Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Science in St Petersburg and one at Universidad Complutense in Spain. The project has received an annual funding of SEK 200 000.                                                   

Infinite adversary games

In 2003 Dr Sergei Vorobyov, Uppsala University received a STINT Institutional Grant for cooperation with Rutgers University, USA. The annual grant of SEK 300 000 is intended for cooperation in Game Theory.

Various faces of representation theory

In 2003 Dr Volodymyr Mazorchuk, Uppsala University received a STINT Institutional Grant for cooperation with Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine. The annual grant of SEK 150 000 is intended for cooperation in ‘Various faces of representation theory’

Media, Representation, and Networks: Constructing Contemporary Social

In 2003 Professor Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, started a STINT Institutional Grant supported project, cooperating with l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes de Sciences Sociales, EHESS in Paris, France. The project will link up Media Studies and Social Anthropology and has received an annual funding of SEK 150 000.                                                   

Nurture - Nature interactions

In 2003 Professor Alicja Wolk, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, received a STINT Institutional Grant for cooperation with Harvard School of Public Health i USA within ’Nutritional Epidemiology’. The annual grant of 600 000 SEK also includes cooperation with the National Institute of Public Health in Finland and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.                                                   

Carbon nanotubes

Professor Eleanor Campbell, at the Department of Experimental Physics, Chalmers/Göteborg University and Professor Yung Woo Park, Seoul National University, Korea started their STINT supported collaboration in 2003 on the topic of transport studies involving carbon nanotubes. The project has received an annual funding of SEK 600 000.                                                   

Marine model organisms & functional genomics

In 2003 Professor Mike Thorndyke, Director & Chair of Experimental Marine Biology at Kristineberg Marine Research Station received a STINT Institutional Grant for cooperation with Dr Euan Brown, Stazione Zoologica in Naples, Italy. The annual grant of SEK 450 000 is intended for cooperation within Marine Model Organisms & Functional Genomics; Development, Regeneration and Cell Signalling                                                   

Carbohydrate-active enzymes for forest industrial fibre engineering

In April 2001 Professor Tuula Teeri, researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH in Stockholm has received an Institutional Grant for cooperation with Dr David Cullen, University of Wisconsin. The annual grant of SEK 250 000 is intended for cooperation within ’Functional genomics of wood fibre modification’.


Masters thesis project in Zaragoza, Spain

The Department of Signals Sensors and System (Professor Bo Wahlberg) and Centre for Autonomous Systems at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH, in Stockholm have a STINT sponsored project with the Robotics, Perception and Real Time Group (Juan Tardόs) at the University of Zaragoza, Spain since 2003 with an annual grant of SEK 350 000.   

Meeting Emerging Challenges in Computer Architecture

In 2003 Professor Per Stenström, Department of Computer Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology started a STINT supported cooperation with Professor Michel Dubois, Electrical Engineering Systems, University of Southern California, USA within ‘Computer Architecture’.                                                   

Modeling of new molecules and materials with special optical propertie

"Design and characterization of non-linear optical properties of organometallic systems

through theoretical  calculations"  which is a joint collaboration project between Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil is led by Professor Hans Ågren on the Swedish side and by Amary Cesar Fereirra on the Brasilian side. The collaboration focuses on modeling of new molecules and materials with special optical properties and started in 2001.                                                   



Gigahertz electronics

In April 2003 Dr Anna Kidiyarova-Shevchenko, Assistant Professor at the Chalmers University of Technology, was granted an annual funding of SEK 375 000 for cooperation with Professor Mikhail Kupriyanov of Moscow State University within "Gigahertz digital electronics".                                                   

Stories that DNA can tell

Professor Vincent Moulton, Uppsala University and Professor David Penny, Massey University and Dr Michael Steel, University of Canterbury started their STINT supported collaboration in the year 2000 within "Stories that DNA can tell". The project has received an annual funding of SEK 500 000.                                                   

Safe control of Guatemalan potato moth

In 2002 Professor Peter Witzgall was granted an Institutional Grant for   ”Integration of biological control methods for sustainable insect management in potato”.  128 000 kronor for the first two years are intended to cover the exchange of individuals of participating institutions.                                                   

Evolution of the insect olfactory system

From 2001 Professor Bill Hansson, Department of Crop Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. receives an annual funding of SEK 500 000 from the Institutional Grant Programme for cooperation with Professor Nicholas J Strausfeld at Arizona Research Laboratories, Division of Neurobiology, USA on the insect olfactory system.

Welcome to Strategic Grants for Internationalisation Seminar

The seminar March 7th facilitates the sharing of experiences when it comes to strategic international-isation. All people involved in such internationalization are welcome. 

STINT & RJ launch: Sweden-Japan 150 Anniversary Grants

To celebrate the 150-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ) launch a special call for applications.

STINT invests 10 MSEK in four strategic internationalisation projects

STINT’s board has decided to invest 10 000 000 SEK in four projects within the Strategic Grants for Internationalisation programme for the time period 2017–2020.

Sweden has three international universities in the top category

STINT Internationalisation Index indicates how international the universities in Sweden are. This year three universities are in the top category of internationalisation. Last year´s prize winner Stockholm School of Economics is now accompanied by Chalmers and KTH.