KTH Enters Strategic Partnership with University of Illinois

Published Sep 09, 2011

The chief executives of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A., and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, have formally announced a long-term strategic alliance designed to benefit students and faculty at both institutions. The agreement on academic and research cooperation seeks to engage the civic communities and economic interests of both Sweden and the state of Illinois.

KTH and UIUC are among the world’s preeminent public research universities. Faculty and administrators from the two institutions have identified a broad range of common research areas and educational activities, as well as public engagement and corporate relations efforts.

Interim Chancellor Robert Easter of UIUC and President Peter Gudmundson of KTH envision a sustained partnership with substantial benefits for the two universities.

“This long-term cooperation with the renowned University of Illinois is an important cornerstone of KTH’s continuing international development. At the same time, the Stockholm region is one of the most technologically innovative in the world, and our extensive research and education network can help strengthen UIUC’s programs,” said President Gudmundson.

“Our emerging strategic partnership with KTH is a key component of our broader international engagement,” said Chancellor Easter, “We’re also looking forward to leveraging KTH’s existing relationships and shared research initiatives with Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet to broaden this alliance. This will create a consortium of outstanding institutions with considerable strengths over a wide range of academic disciplines.”

The cooperation with KTH and engagement in Sweden comprise the flagship project of the newly launched Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) initiative. ISIP seeks to develop a network of sustained, multidisciplinary linkages with peer institutions around the world to benefit the core missions of research, education, public service and economic development among all partners.

More about the partnership on the KTH website

Katarina Ahlfort

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