KTH among the best at internationalisation

Published May 12, 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology receives top marks for its work on internationalisation. The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, has awarded five stars and a plaque to three Swedish seats of learning – with KTH being among them.

“This feels great and is naturally a form of acknowledgement for those who’ve worked and are working on these issues. Internationalisation is ultimately about relationships, and good placements in the rankings clearly demonstrate KTH’s presence in the global arena, too,” said Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH at the awards ceremony.

When presenting selected parts of KTH’s work on internationalisation, she mentioned among other things that internationalisation has always been closely linked to engineering programmes due to their connection with the development of Swedish industry in relation to global businesses. This is also clear in the work with KTH’s strategic partners.

“Internationalisation is work that is constantly in progress at several different levels simultaneously,” she said and mentioned the Global Development Hub – a collaboration with a partner university in Africa – as one of many examples of how KTH works internationally.

Other initiatives that have laid the groundwork for KTH’s high level of internationalisation, as mentioned by Sigbritt Karlsson, include the work with prioritised regions and the collaboration with six different partner universities around the world. The fact that this has been a success is not only evident from the STINT award but also in the number of applicants for KTH’s master’s programmes, which has substantially increased.

For the second year in a row, STINT has carried out a study of the degree of internationalisation at Swedish seats of learning. Along with KTH, Stockholm School of Economics and Chalmers University of Technology were in the top category out of a total of 28 seats of learning.

The degree of internationalisation has been measured using an internationalisation index devised by STINT that encompasses six different aspects in absolute numbers. The index concerns development in research, education, staff and leadership.

International co-publications, student mobility, international doctoral students, programmes in English, and the international academic experiences of faculty and management are the aspects measured that are to reflect the international character of the seats of learning.

Text: Jill Klackenberg

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