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KTH among the best in internationalization

KTH has been awarded the top rating for internationalisation for the sixth consecutive year – a result as pleasing as it is revealing.

The rating was awarded by The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, which takes an annual measurement of internationalisation among Sweden’s academic institutions.  KTH is in good company with Chalmers, the Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, all of which have also been awarded the highest rating for internationalisation.

Measured parameters include international joint publications, student mobility, international doctoral candidates, programmes taught in English, the international academic experience of faculties, and the international academic experience of management. It also appears that success in one area is linked with success in the others. Following a period of stagnation during the pandemic, internationalisation is now fully up and running again around the world.

It is telling that in degree programmes and research alike, international aspects are increasingly natural and integral in our operations. But the development also entails greater responsibility.

Increasingly complex challenges call for more collaborations across international borders, which can sift out and constantly improve existing solutions in everything from the Covid-19 vaccine to cybersecurity. International collaborations are often the way forward when it comes to finding solutions to global issues, because cooperation between different nations and scientific disciplines not only increases the potential, but also expands the research perspectives.

The world is a complex place. Countries have different political and cultural systems, and often also challenges as regards internal and external tensions – and all of this has to be taken into account and managed. In its internationalisation work, KTH has moved from an investigative, explorative and generally positive attitude, to a more responsible and analytical approach.

As President, I have initiated a more in-depth cooperation with the US and a successful delegation trip was completed earlier in May.It is crucial to continually enhance existing contacts and forge new ones. Building and maintaining relations takes a lot of work, and all roles in the organisation need to do their bit.

The fact that Sweden’s Ministry of Education and Research has tasked The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions with creating a platform for internationalisation is fully in line with this. The platform is intended to focus on four areas: Mobility of students, researchers and personnel; Sweden as a knowledge nation; Monitoring and analysis of the world around us; and fourthly Responsible internationalization.