Internationalisation contributes to increasing research quality and the relevance of education, while providing the necessary conditions for implementation of Agenda 2030. The University’s efforts to contribute to a democratic knowledge-based society characterised by diversity and tolerance are challenged when internationalisation and fact-based knowledge are questioned within and outside Sweden. In order to reinforce the University’s work on internationalisation, the action plan highlights measures to promote internationalisation and to increase the attractiveness of the University. Although the ongoing pandemic has affected the University’s internationalisation, the action plan remains relevant.
The action plan was produced by a working group with representatives from the faculties and the central administration. The plan was approved by the vice-chancellor on 3 October 2019 after a recommendation from the international council and it is valid for 2019-2021. A kick-off meeting was conducted on 4 February 2020 to gather all project managers and participants in working groups with the aim to discuss the implementation of the action plan, generate a sense of participation, and establish contacts between participants in subprojects.
The action plan consists of four objectives and 36 subgoals. Each subgoal is arranged as a separate subproject with a project plan, a project manager, and in most cases a working group. Each project plan is approved by the international council and eventually decided upon by the vice-chancellor or the deputy vice-chancellor. Final reports from each subproject are approved by the international council.