Praise for LiU initiatives to internationalize
Four Swedish institutions of high learning are distinctly profiled though their endeavors to ensure academic internationalization, says a new report from the Swedish National Agency of Higher Education. LiU is one of the four.
The assessment panel praised LiU on several points. Specially mentioned is the complete overhaul of all work with student mobility, the new organization into teams for strategic and practical issues in internationalization, and a centralization of administration concerning Swedish exchange students studying abroad; this regrouping allows the faculty departments to concentrate on academic issues.
LiU also was lauded for the information services provided to partner universities through an international port on the web pages and a scheduled newsletter.
In general, the Agency reports that faculty and administrative staff have shown a growing interest in international issues, and that there is an improved integration in the day-to-day work.
One problem remaining to be solved is that the participation by the teaching staff in faculty exchange programs is relatively low. Experience of foreign teaching cultures is an important bit of knowledge when encouraging Swedish students to take part in advanced study abroad, such as completion of degree projects.
The other academic institutions that garnered praise from the Agency are the University of Gothenburg, the Karolinska Institutet, and the Royal Institute of Technology, the two latter based in Stockholm.
Last updated: 2009-06-03