The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CAKL) is a university-wide centre that offers education and carries out research within teaching and learning in higher education, widening recruitment and widening participation and more. We support teachers in conducting their teaching and students in developing their learning.

Teaching and Learning in higher education

CAKL's overall mission is to support Malmö University's aspirations to ensure high quality education as well as to sustain professional pedagogical development within further education that is conducive to a useful qualification. As a means to this, CAKL will forefront the establishment of a university-wide, pedagogical research environment to help promote courses and programmes that are scientifically based on pedagogy.

Our courses and programmes in teaching and learning in higher education are not only aimed at employees at Mau but also at any other interested parties.

Higher educational pedagogy - courses and programs

According to the university's employment regulations, at least 15 credits, (10 weeks) or corresponding formal university teacher training are required for employment as a teacher or for promotion to become a teacher. CAKL offers a number of courses of five credits each, which can be combined.

Independent courses in higher educational pedagogy

Professional development

CAKL offers continuing professional development in teaching and learning in higher education for teachers at Malmö University. 

Read more about this on the CAKL's employee website


CAKL offers courses and programs within different subject areas and at different levels. Apart from courses in teaching and learning in HE, CAKL offers foundation courses for university study, language courses in Swedish and English and PhD-courses in different subjects togeter with the collagues from the rest of the university. 

Education at preparatory level

Prerequisite courses in Swedish / Behörighetsgivande utbildning i svenska

These courses are designed for students with a foreign education who need to supplement their grades in order to meet the general entry requirements and specific entry requirements in Swedish to gain admittance in higher education. Additionally, the courses aim to prepare students for their further work within college and university studies. Tap on the links to read more about the courses.

Introduktionsutbildning - behörighetsgivande utbildning i svenska - helfart, 60 fup

Introduktionsutbildning - behörighetsgivande kurs i svenska - helfart, 30 fup

Introduktionsutbildning - behörighetsgivande kurs i svenska - halvfart, 30 fup


Josefin Bergfeldt, university lecturer

Anita Marttila, university administrator

Bachelor's studies

Introducing and qualifying courses for academic studies

Swedish for international students

The purpose of these courses is for students to acquire basic knowledge and skills in the Swedish language and to develop knowledge of Swedish society and Swedish culture.

Swedish for Exchange Students

Students register for courses and programmes via the International Office and for questions about the courses, please contact Maria Pihel

Swedish Language, Culture and Society 1A, 5 credits

Swedish Language, Culture and Society 1B, 5 credits

Lydia Viktorsson, Course coordinator

Anita Marttila, Student administrator

Supplementary education for foreign academics

Swedish for foreign faculty

Postgraduate education

CAKL serves the whole university and primarily offers postgraduate courses for all doctoral students at Malmö University, most of which are given in English.

PhD courses


Pedagogy in higher education deals with adult learning within the framework of higher education. Student learning in formal learning situations is explored by means of an interdisciplinary approach based on different theoretical perspectives and using different research methods.

Academic specialists from all over the university meet to explore and design teaching based on academic principles. Ongoing research spans areas such as learning environments, professional development, widening participation, digital learning, challenge-based learning, academic literacy, and adult learning and inclusion. This work is assigned to, and organised by, centres for educational development, in collaboration with interdisciplinary research groups. 

CAKL's seminar series in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

As a part of Malmö University's decision to invest in teaching and learning pedagogy in higher education, CAKL is arranging a seminar series, where everyone is welcome.

Take the chance to delve into the field of higher educational pedagogical research and to share your own research results. Discuss, with colleagues at Malmö University as well as external guests, future collaboration opportunities regarding research, conferences and applications.

Contact: Martin Stigmar, professor at CAKL

Dates for spring seminars

Thursday February 17, 2022 at 15:15-17:00

Guest: Jonas Christensen, senior lecturer in Social work with a focus on Organisation, Malmö University.

Content: Collaboration without borders: practice of internationalization and interdisciplinarity in research and education - experiences and reflections. How is knowledge acquired and how can we share it? We´ll focus on contextual crossborder exchange to acquire and share knowledge which is essential if we want to face common societal challenges; to gain a holistic understanding and to benefit from it together on local, regional and global level.

Language: English

Location: Online via Zoom

Wednesday,March 2, 2022 at 15:15-17:00

Guest: Elizabeth Cleaver, Visiting Professor in Learning and Teaching, working with colleagues in the Academic Practice Directorate at University of the West of England, Bristol.

Content: Perspectives on higher education teaching and learning

Language: English

Location: Online via Zoom

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 15:15-17:00

Guests from Division for Higher Education Development, Lund University:

Eva Brodin, Senior Lecturer and Associate professor, Division for Higher Education Development.

Marita Ljungqvist: Senior lecturer in Higher Education Development, Division for Higher Education Development.

Johanna Bergqvist Rydén: Lecturer, Division for Higher Education Development.

Content: The image of academic teachers through history

Location: Hybrid seminar at NI:0315 (third floor at Niagara, Malmö University) and via Zoom.

Language: English


To registration

Programs and materials from previous seminars

Research conferences


About the conference

The conference is open to teachers, education developers, librarians and others with an interest in matters of teaching & learning and quality enhancement in higher education. The conference is a collaboration between Blekinge Institute of Technology, Kristianstad University and Malmö University. We also welcome participants from Lärosäten Syd.

The host 2022 is Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) and the conference, which kicks off on 18 August, will be in hybrid form and have the theme Active academic teaching for pedagogical development.


Submit your abstract no later than 13/5.
Register for the conference no later than 9/8.

Information, abstract submission and registration are available on BTH's website:

Lärarlärdom 2022


Welcome to Include research symposium

About the conference

Swedish higher education institutions shall actively promote and broaden recruitment to higher education. The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) evaluated this work during 2019-2022. Previous reviews have already shown the need for research anchoring of the work and thus the need for research on broadened recruitment and widening participation. The research field is well established internationally, but relatively new in the Swedish context.

28-30 September 2022, Malmö University together with the Include network organises a research symposium to share and make visible research on broadened recruitment and widening participation under the theme IN-DURING-OUT.

During these days, research results will be presented, ongoing research will be discussed and new research ideas will be ventilated. How research results can be translated into and influence the practice will be in particular focus. The symposium offers an opportunity to network for future research on and development of the higher education institutions' work with broadened recruitment and broadened participation.

Include is a national network that works with broadened recruitment and widening participation.The purpose of the network is to strengthen knowledge about broadened recruitment, throughput, diversity and equal treatment from implementation to evaluation.

More about Include (in Swedish)

To registration, call for papers and read more about the conference (in Swedish)

Widening recruitment and widening participation

As part of its mission, CAKL cooperates with all other areas of the university in developing work with widening recruitment and widening participation, with a view to creating conditions for inclusive, participatory, lifelong learning. This involvement includes both courses and programmes as well as various other initiatives.


Collaboration projects

Erasmus+-funded project: NEXUS

NEXUS is an Erasmus+ funded project designed to empower students with diverse backgrounds to explore the relationship between participatory digital tools and democracy. Furthermore, NEXUS strives to expand Service-Learning as a pedagogic approach for civic education in L2 courses at Higher education Institutions.




Project members


  • European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) – Belgium
  • Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) – Spain
  • Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo (UNIMED) – Italy
  • Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC) – Malta
  • Institut za razvoj obrazovanja (IRO) – Croatia
  • Apis Institute – Slovenia

Time frame

September 1, 2019 –  August 31, 2022


Faculty of Education and Society

About the project

NEXUS is an Erasmus+ funded project designed to empower students with diverse backgrounds to explore the relationship between participatory digital tools and democracy. Furthermore, NEXUS strives to expand Service-Learning as a pedagogic approach for civic education in L2 courses at Higher education Institutions.

The NEXUS project aims to engage students in civic education so that they can contribute positively to their society and the global community. The main innovation of NEXUS is the design, development and implementation of an integrated approach to civic education and community engagement – aimed at empowering students to take an active role in society.

The objective of the NEXUS project is to allow students to develop skills and competences to enhance their civic engagement and evolve as informed citizens. Building on the idea that many opportunities for meaningful civic learning exist in online environments, NEXUS uses technologies that are familiar and appealing to digital natives. NEXUS combines expertise from academia, policy/research organisations, design and delivery of IT-services and operates in local, regional and national areas and networks.

The project will result in:

  • a MOOC on Civic education that will be developed for a diverse student group, focusing on Civic education micro-learning units;
  • a knowledge-sharing platform (building on open educational resources and practices) for civic educators.
  • service-learning guidelines enabling universities to support civic engagement within a diverse student group and work with wider communities.
  • an inventory of digital tools for citizenship education, together with a handbook for educators.

Read more about the project

Website: NEXUS

Mau's project presentation on NEXUS's website