Stockholm trio university alliance
Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University entered in 2019 into the university alliance Stockholm trio with the aim of developing and highlighting the internationally prominent research and education environment that the three universities form in the Stockholm region.
About the alliance
Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University are prominent universities in their respective fields and together form a complete academic environment with the areas medicine, technology, science, humanities, law and social sciences.
Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University conduct more than 30 percent of all academic research and postgraduate education in Sweden and have 15-20 percent of all students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Together, the universities have 5,200 doctoral students and SEK 12.4 billion in total revenues for research and research education and a total budget of SEK 17.3 billion. As a unified academic environment, the Stockholm trio are among the strongest in the world.
The three universities have been collaborating for a long time in a number of scientific fields and also offers joint educational programmes. The alliance agreement provides new conditions for in-depth collaboration and facilitates new university-wide research and education.
Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University play a crucial role for the City of Stockholm and the Stockholm region when it comes to research, innovation and competence supply. With 17,000 employees and 55,000 students, the universities of Stockholm trio constitute one of the region's largest employers and workplaces. The universities’ activities are mainly gathered on a cohesive campus attracting many international students, doctoral students, researchers and teachers.
The creation of the Stockholm trio university alliance gives Karolinska Institutet, KTH and Stockholm University better conditions for closer cooperations in research, education and collaboration and outreach. Through the alliance, the universities become more competitive internationally in order to foster new international collaborations, to recruit leading researchers, and attract international students. The universities can also become a stronger force regionally and nationally by engaging decision makers, authorities, businesses and industry together.
Objectives of the Stockholm trio 2020–2024
The agreement regarding collaboration within the Stockholm trio (ref. no. S3-1.2.1-0001-19) states the following strategic objectives:
- Create new conditions for developing university-wide research and education by taking advantage of a complete academic environment.
- Clarify the excellence and internationally outstanding academic environment that the parties represent together and strengthen the universities' capacity to act jointly – regionally, nationally and internationally, with the alliance collaboration as the basis.
- Coordinate and build common functions for administrative support in order to promote long-term conditions, professionalisation and development capacity.
The Stockholm trio Agreement is valid during the five-year period of 2019 until 2024, after which it will be extended for a further three years at a time for as long as none of the parties choose to terminate the agreement.
The present objectives of the Stockholm trio for the period 2020-2024 are intended to clarify the strategic direction of the alliance for staff, students and external stakeholders. This document contains an overarching goal and nine specific objectives with associated proposed measures to achieve the strategic objectives of the agreement.
The objectives have been drafted by a working group consisting of the following members: Anna Maria Böök, head of the Communications and Public Relations Office at Karolinska Institutet (KI), Henric Cederquist, Deputy Vice President for Science at Stockholm University (SU), Robert Harris, Academic Vice President of Doctoral Education at KI, Mikael Östling, Deputy President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, plus the members of the Coordination Secretariat.
In order to quickly get started with the work of achieving the objectives, it is proposed that the Steering Group gives the working group the further task of drafting a proposal for the initial prioritisation of measures and how the work is to be jointly performed.
It is also proposed that the ongoing work of achieving the objectives is followed up on an annual basis by the Steering Group with the support of the Coordination Secretariat and that, when necessary, the objectives may be revised.
The Steering Group of the Stockholm trio has decided to:
- establish the objectives for the Stockholm trio 2020-2024 as stated below;
- annually follow up and where necessary revise the objectives; and
- task the working group with drafting a proposal for the initial prioritisation of objectives and measures and how the work is to be performed. In the course of prioritisation, due consideration shall be taken to the efficient use of resources and the work already being conducted at the universities. Proposed actions should clearly contribute to synergies between the universities.
The Presidents on the alliance
“With broadly speaking coherent campuses and a dynamic academic environment, our universities constitute an important prerequisite for not only research and education but also growth in the Stockholm region,” says Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President of Stockholm University.
“Together, we can use our resources in a more efficient way and promote interaction between different disciplines and thereby increase the quality of our research and education,” says Ole Petter Ottersen, President of Karolinska Institutet.
“We want to show the potential of this cooperation and how the strengthening of the overall academic environment in Stockholm will benefit the city, the region and Sweden,” says Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH.
Steering Committee for Stockholm trio
The Stockholm trio is led by a Steering Committee consisting of the university's presidents and university directors:
- Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH (Chair)
- Ole Petter Ottersen, President of Karolinska Institutet
- Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President of Stockholm University
- Eino Örnfeldt, University Director Stockholm University
- Kerstin Jacobsson, University Director, KTH
- Katarina Bjelke, University Director Karolinska Institutet
The Stockholm trio steering group has appointed a coordination secretariat to prepare and coordinate the work within the university alliance. The Coordination Secretariat consists of a responsible and staff members from the three universities:
- Fredrik Oldsjö, Head of Office (responsible)
- Radmila Micic, coordinator, Karolinska Institutet
- Britt-Louise Henriksson, Administrative Manager, KTH
- Christina Murray, international strategist, KTH
- Anna Riddarström, investigator, Stockholm University
Joint representation in Brussels
The Steering Committee has decided to establish a joint representation in Brussels for the Stockholm trio. The main purpose of the presence in Brussels is to improve the opportunities for universities to attract research and innovation funds and funding for education projects from the EU.
Karolinska Institutet is the head of the representation, which is co-located with the Stockholm Region EU Office in Brussels on Avenue Marnix 28.
Fredrik Oldsjö, Head of the Coordinating secretariat for Stockholm trio university alliance, e-mail: email@example.com