Internationalisation – Session two

This session is divided into the three themes "From mobility to Internationalisation at Home", “Professional development for teachers” and "What’s on the horizon for Sweden?” Below you will find a detailed description of each presentation together with contact information. 

Date: Thursday March 15
Time: 13.00 - 14.20
Venue Erling Persson, Aula Medica

From mobility to Internationalisation at Home (IaH)

Chair of session: Jennifer Valcke


Experiences from implementing the International Semester at Aarhus University, Denmark

Presenter – Louise Binow Kjaer


Background/methods:In 2016 the Medical Master’s Program of Aarhus University(AU), Denmark, implemented an international semester. The project had two phases: 1)Planning: August 2014 - August 2016 and 2)Implementation: August 2016 - August 2017. We made evaluations of the project process, teaching quality, self-reported language competencies in English, global perspective and student satisfaction.

Results: A rising number of international students, an average of 30 incoming/outgoing students at the Int.Sem. Increase in exchange-agreements/ partnerships. International students rate their semester at AU highly positive: 48% finds it excellent and 48% good. The evaluations of lectures, including language, are very satisfying. Teaching quality seem to increase during the semesters.

Discussion/conclusion: The educational challenge lies in clinical teaching, which is partly in Danish. Also, “globalization at home” takes time to implement. Future teaching and faculty development will focus on these themes. There is an administrative challenge in 1:1 exchange at this semester (5th sem. of the Master), as our students seem reluctant to go on exchange. They mention family obligations and limited availabilities at universities in English speaking countries as the main reasons. Intensive advertising has had a positive effect, but full semester exchange unfortunately limits the range of partnership universities. We are currently searching for alternative models of exchange agreements.

Authors: Louise Binow Kjaer, Rasmus T Christensen, Rikke K Praestegaard, Ulla B Knudsen
Contact Person: Louise Binow Kjaer
Department: Center for Health Sciences Education / Department of Clinical Medicine
University: Aarhus University, Denmark

Internationalisation at home – building on employees and PhD students with an educational background in a foreign country

Presenter – Chatrin Persson


IInternationalisation of Swedish universities often focus on exchange agreements – mobility in and out. Sometimes this is held to be the most important part of internationalisation. But that is a mistake. Of Swedish students graduating from universities and colleges only 14% have studied abroad. Of teachers only a minor portion have an international experience through using exchange agreements.

Therefore, to meet the objectives of internationalisation – that all students are gaining a truly international perspective – what happens at home is crucial. Exchange students and teachers contribute to this.

In addition, one factor that has been given little attention is the extent to which the staff is internationalised. Therefore, at Umeå University’s medical faculty it was decided to survey the staff and PhD students in this respect. Our focus was the proportion with an educational degree from another country than Sweden.

The results show that almost one out of five staff members, and one out of three PhD students, have an educational degree from abroad. Most of them, 60%, from Europe and the others spread rather evenly on the remaining WHO regions of the world.

How do we use this potential in the internationalisation of our faculty? In e.g. teaching, extra-curricular activities and international marketing of educational programmes and teaching/research positions. Our experience is that

Authors: Chatrin Persson, Curt Löfgren, Anncristine Fjellman-Wiklund and Anneli Ivarsson (chair) for the Internationalisation Council at the Medical Faculty, Umeå University
Contact Person: Chatrin Persson
Department: Medical Faculty
University: Umeå Universitet

The report - Internationalization at the Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University.


Professional development for teachers

Chair of session: Kevin Haines


Collaboration across borders for professionalisation of educational development  - the course Open Networked Learning as an arena for Professional Development for teachers in Higher Education

Presenter – Maria Kvarnström & Lars Uhlin


Open Networked Learning (ONL) is an open online course. It is a collaborative project between educational developers and explores how digital technologies can support, extend and provide new opportunities for educational development practices beyond institutional, disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

ONL is offered both as an internal professional development course at the partner institutions (Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linnaeus University, Stockholm University, Luleå University of Technology, Linköping University in Sweden, Arcada University of Applied sciences in Finland and The Independent Institute of Education in South Africa), as well as being open to learners from all over the world.

The design builds on the ideas and pedagogical frameworks of Problem Based Learning and Networked Learning. The primary target group is university teachers, educational developers and educational technologists from both higher education and other educational sectors.

Using an open collaborative learning environment learners investigate aspects of connected, collaborative learning with modules such as digital literacies, collaborative and flexible learning, open educational practices and designing learning environments.

In the presentation we will share our experiences on how the ONL project has created opportunities for expanding personal networks, enhancing cultural awareness and professionalisation among course participants as well as facilitators.

Authors: Maria Kvarnström, Lars Uhlin, Lotta Åbjörnsson and Alastair Creelman
Contact Person: Maria Kvarnström
Department: LIME
University: Karolinska Institutet


Online Exchange for Teaching in English

Presenter – Jennifer Valcke


Due to the increasing internationalisation of Higher Education, universities must ensure the professional development of their teaching staff in English-Medium Instruction (EMI). Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Universidad de Cadiz (Spain) have co-created an international online teacher training programme, and invited 9 other European partner universities to facilitate the course. Using an innovative pedagogical set-up, the course enables teaching staff to enhance transnational collaboration and reflect on the complex challenges and opportunities of the multilingual and multicultural learning space.

The objectives of the course are to: (a) Create situations where English is used as a meaningful means of communication for the exchange of ideas; (b) Allow teachers to reflect on different teaching strategies and share ideas about teaching and learning at university; (c) Reflect on the roles of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and the relationship between learning and language; (d) Consolidate expertise in teaching and learning and reinforce teacher motivation; and (e) Create a novel space to enhance exchange and foster communities of practice. This presentation will comprise a description of both institutional EMI contexts, the rationale behind the project, the methodology and evaluation of the course.

Authors: Jennifer Valcke & Elena Romero Alfaro (Universidad de Cádiz, Spain)
Contact Person: Jennifer Valcke
Department: LIME
University: Karolinska Institutet


What’s on the horizon for Sweden?

Chair: Annika Östman Wernersson, Dean of Higher Education


New national strategy for internationalisation of higher education institutions in Sweden

Presenter – Agneta Bladh


What are the new objectives proposed in the higher Education Act and the new national strategy? How can more students gain an international perspective in their education through more students, teachers and researchers, studying or working abroad, and through better internationalisation at home? Agneta Bladh will present the report and proposals and discuss with us the next steps.


The Swedish Government established the Inquiry on increased internationalisation of higher education institutions (U2017:02) in March 2017. 

The Inquiry has been tasked to:

  • propose a new national strategy for the internationalisation of higher education institutions that include both education and research activities, as well as new objectives to be stated in the Higher Education Act;
  • propose how more students can gain an international perspective in their education through better internationalisation at home and through more students and faculty studying or working abroad; and
  • propose measures to increase Sweden's attractiveness as a study destination and knowledge nation through such means as a review of the system for application and tuition fees.

In this publication, a summary in English of the Inquiry's first report, with a focus on the two first tasks, is presented together with a translation of the proposed national strategy for increased internationalisation of higher education and research. The other parts will be presented by 31 October 2018.

New national strategy for Internationalisation of higher education institutions in Sweden. Link below

Authors: Agneta Bladh
Contact Person: Agneta Bladh
Swedish Ministry of Education