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Funding for international perspectives

The International Program Office for Education and Training will disperse MSEK 56 to Swedish colleges and universities for cooperative projects with developing countries. LiUs share of the funds is MSEK 2.4, to be applied toward exchange programs and fellowships.

"This year LiU has had more applications approved than in previous years. This is probably because we have a pro-active approach and have submitted more project applications than in the past. Thirteen of seventeen applications to the Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange Program got the green light," says Eva Lena Rodriguez, LiUs International Coordinator.

The Linnaeus-Palme Program is an exchange program for students and staff who wish to participate in a collaboration with developing countries. Teachers can apply to spend several weeks at a university abroad. Students can study at a foreign university for one or two terms. The partner universities, in turn, will send teaching staff and students to LiU.

The fellowship program Minor Field Studies (MFS) targets students who want to do their field studies in a developing country.

According to Eva Lena Rodriguez, students often learn about MFS from teachers or study counselors who pass on information about availability.

Cross-border programs—for both teachers and students—are funded by SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and administered by the International Program Office for Education and Training.

Per Lindskog, at LiUs Department of Science and Technology, has several years of experience in promoting teacher exchange with a Malawian university. The Program Office recently approved a parallel student exchange program. Two Master's candidates enrolled in LIUs Intelligent Transport Systems, will travel to Malawi (in southeast Africa) and two Malawian students will come to LiU. The Intelligent Transport Systems program has a focus on traffic safety.

"We are happy to add a student exchange placement to our present collaboration," says Per Lindskog. "This learning exchange has benefit for individuals and for the partner universities.

The International Program Office for Education and Training is a Swedish government agency organized under the Ministry of Education and Research.


2008-05-28




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