The School of Bioscience has established or is in the process of establishing cooperation in education and research with 17 foreign universities and has documented its internationalization strategy for 2015-2016. Prof. Abul Mandal is the contact person responsible, in consultation with the school’s leadership, for internationalization activities.
The internationalization strategy has the following priorities:
- Recruitment of EU students: The goal is to recruit from the EU at least 20% of the students for those programs that the school offers in English. Toward this goal, teachers from the school will visit foreign universities, while the information available on both the Swedish and international (English) websites will be updated and improved.
- Recruitment of international students, especially students paying tuition fee: The school has 65 paid students at present. The goal is to increase this number to 100 by 2016. Toward this goal, the school has among other things established an undergraduate program in biomedicine delivered in English. Website information has been updated regularly; the activities of student recruiting agents have been expanded.
- Recruitment of exchange students: The goal is for at least ten percent of students in each program to take part in an exchange program, with an equal number of incoming students. The coordinators for all of the bachelor's programs in the school are being asked to prepare proposals and suggest various options for student exchanges. The school plans to offer additional course packages for incoming students, develop new packages for outgoing students in collaboration with the partner institutions, and increase the school's international visibility by expanding the amount of website information available in English.
- Teacher exchanges, mainly within the EU: The goal is to conduct exchanges of lecturers and researchers alongside the student exchanges, using the same partner institutions. Exchanges with new partner institutions will be prioritized. The school is in the process of actively seeking funds for this.
- Double/joint-degree programs with foreign partner institutions: The goal is to investigate, jointly with partner institutions, possibilities for developing double/joint-degree programs, especially at the bachelor's level.
- Research cooperation: The goals are to receive at least three visiting researchers per year, have at least 50% of the school's researchers participating in international networks and joint research projects, and direct at least ten percent of the school's research to developing countries and research collaborations there.