Internationalisation Strategy

Internationalisation is a key strategy for Karolinska Institutet to develop and remain as one of the world's leading medical universities. Integrating international perspectives, experiences and collaborations throughout the university improves the quality and diversity of research, education and administration. This, in turn enables KI to fulfil its mission to improve people's health globally.

Internationalisation Strategy

Mission: The mission of Karolinska Institutet is to improve people’s health through research and education.

Vision: Karolinska Institutet shall be one of the world’s leading medical universities.

Strategic Goals

  1. Karolinska Institutet will attract the most outstanding employees, students and collaborative partners from all over the world.
  2. Karolinska Institutet’s international collaborations will increase the quality of its operations.
  3. Work involving international collaborations at Karolinska Institutet will focus on international knowledge exchange.
  4. Karolinska Institutet will provide a good work platform in a global arena.
  5. As an internationally reputable university, Karolinska Institutet will actively participate in work on global health issues.

Prioritised Areas:

  1. Integrate an international perspective throughout the university
  2. Develop strategic alliances
  3. Strengthen the Karolinska Institutet brand internationally

Internationalisation Strategy

Strategy 2018

Karolinska Institutet’s strategy for the years 2014-2018, Strategy 2018, describes the overall goals for KI and the strategies that will result in concrete action plans in all areas of the university’s activities in order for the goals to be achieved.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for International Matters

Through international collaborations, KI seeks to improve its position as an internationally leading medical university. The first step in this process is the appointment of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor with the overall responsibility for international matters. The first main task will be to further develop the strategy for KI’s international alliances. A few main features of this strategy can already be discerned.

Identify and develop strategic collaborations at a central level

A well-planned strategy must be developed for how, and with which international partners KI is to collaborate. This likely entails a limited number of more in-depth collaborations being further developed or initiated.

Encourage KI professors to spend time at foreign elite universities

The educational programmes at KI set different requirements for international student exchanges. These requirements may vary within an individual programme, depending on which course they relate to. For this reason, there is a need to enter into agreements with universities in different parts of the world which provide relevant educational programmes of a very high quality.

The need of the third-cycle programmes for international collaborations may require collaborations regulated by agreement with well-established universities in high-income countries as well as strategically important universities in low and mid-income countries. This would make it possible for our own doctoral students to participate in international exchanges, and for KI to attract international students to our third-cycle programmes.

The goal is for all educational programmes to have strong international collaborations, and preferably in cooperation with other educational programmes. To achieve this goal, KI needs to build partnerships with other universities relating to both research and education. This can be done through a number of general collaboration agreements.

Prior to 2017, KI has set a goal that at least 20 per cent of all students should have completed part of their education at a foreign university.

More doctoral programmes to obtain joint or double degrees need to be established together with the universities with which KI also has broad and long-term research collaborations.

International Visitors’ Service

Since KI is already involved in an extensive international network, we need a joint function to assist both incoming and outgoing students and researchers/teachers. We currently have a well-established function for students, but when it comes to guest researchers/teachers, many practical issues have to be resolved ad hoc by the departments. There is much to gain in terms of quality and efficiency as well as financially by gathering these resources and skills in one place.

Action Plan for Education

According to the Action Plan for Internationalisation of First and Second Cycle Education 2014-2017, KI aims to be an attractive study destination for international students. In order to attain this general objective there are four priority goals:

  1. Integration of global health issues into teaching
  2. Learning in English (Please Note: the timeframe for goal 2 has been prolonged until 2017)
  3. Increasing student and teacher mobility
  4. Recruting international students to KI’s courses taught in English

Action Plan for Internationalisation 2014-2017

Strategic Plan for Collaboration with Partners in African Countries

According to the Roadmap for Karolinska Institutet 2014-2018, Strategy 2018, KI should seek to improve its position as an internationally leading medical university, in order to significantly improve human health. As a consequence KI should further develop the strategy for international alliances. The purpose of this document is to contribute to Strategy 2018 by clarifying why KI should work strategically with partner institutions in certain African countries. Further, the document aims to present a set of criteria and strategic priorities to be used when identifying and selecting higher education institutions/research bodies in such African countries; institutions with which KI can develop deep and sustainable strategic partnerships.

Vision for KI Africa Strategy: KI strengthens its academic qualities and contributes significantly to advances in education, basic and applied science for global good, improving health

Mission in Collaboration with African Universities: The mission is to create multifaceted and reciprocal interactions with a certain number of African Higher Education Institutions to further enhance science and education.