EU membership profitable for LU

Scholarships from the EU have also strongly favoured Lund University’s exchanges with the surrounding world. Thanks to EU scholarships, a total of close to 18 000 students, researchers and other staff have come to Lund University or travelled to countries within Europe and beyond in the past fourteen years. There has been more incoming than outgoing traffic, but in recent years Swedes have shown increasing interest in travelling abroad.

Hugo Bragioni at Lund University’s External Relations Division has produced the figures on exchanges within the cooperation and mobility programmes Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus and Tempus.

With regard to exchange students within Europe, Lund University welcomed almost 11 500 Erasmus students between 1999 and 2013. During the same period, close to 5000 Lund students travelled abroad on Erasmus scholarships and almost 900 teaching staff from Lund University went on European exchanges.

The Erasmus Mundus programme covers educational cooperation with countries beyond Europe as well. Between 2005 and 2013, 350 students from Lund took part in Joint Programmes offered in cooperation with other universities.

For several years, Lund University has both coordinated and taken part in several major exchange and cooperation programmes within Erasmus Mundus. The University has been involved in as many as 51 projects, of which 13 as coordinator for projects with the Middle East, China and India, for example. Since 2008, Lund University has welcomed 700 students and lecturers (the majority are Master’s degree students and doctoral students) from countries beyond Europe. Close to one hundred students and lecturers from Lund have been able to travel to a third country within the framework of these EU programmes.

Since 2000, Lund University has also been involved in almost thirty projects within the Tempus programme. Tempus supports modernisation and reforms within higher education in regions adjacent to the European Union.  The Tempus project has also covered work with teachers in ordinary schools, with companies, with projects within the framework of the ‟knowledge triangle” (teaching, research and innovation) and with training of civil servants. The cooperation projects have dealt with everything from energy conservation to careers guidance. Lund University has been involved in Tempus projects in Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, several countries in the Balkans and Egypt, among others.

Britta Collberg