We are a global university embracing diversity and inclusion as a quality dimension in our research and education. We are actively working to engage students and staff in international activities on campus. Research, education and innovation are integrated to contribute to sustainable development.
Internationalisation at home
We give our students and our staff the opportunity to acquire intercultural competence and global understanding right here on campus, both in the formal learning environment and through extracurricular activities.
Certificate of international merits
The Certificate of International Merits gives students credentials for international experiences gained while studying at Malmö University. It’s a verification of the academic, personal and professional progress related to international and intercultural competences. Malmö University aims to offer the certificate to all its students. At present students at the Faculty of Health and Society and the Faculty of Odontology can gain the certificate.
As a way to make the integration process for new international programme students easier, the International Office runs a Buddy Programme together with student workers. Incoming students are matched with a group of local students to help students settle into their new home and study environment. The Malmö University Buddy Programme offers students to expand their local and international network, make new friends and develop language and leadership skills.
To make distance learning more accessible, Malmö University has designed the online learning tool Glocal Classroom. The Glocal Classroom is a live-lecture platform, which consists of a video screen and a chat function. Initially, it was designed for the distance learning master programme Communication for Development at the School of Arts and Communication to allow for students all over the world to take part of the same lectures and study together despite time differences.
While there is an online lecture going on there can also be side discussions, with students asking questions and other students answering them – it is not just a teacher-student dynamic. The idea of a glocal classroom is that personal, high-quality teaching can take place anywhere in the world. Malmö University’s Glocal Classroom offers a low-stream broadcast, which can be watched with a 3G phone connection as well as higher-quality streams. This provides a multi-faceted learning experience and makes studying more flexible.
Global Corner is a meeting place for the University's staff members where important questions, best practices and challenges related to global engagement are highlighted. It is a forum that strengthens and supports knowledge, ideas and interest across disciplinary and organisational structures.
Once a month, staff members are invited to meet for lunch where a theme is presented by a colleague and then discussed. Examples of prior Global Corner themes are how to use the University’s international networks in teaching, research and exchange; how to find financial support for international collaboration; and how digitalisation can support global engagement in times of COVID-19.
I would like to see all our students leaving this university with the added value an internationalised curriculum can give: besides good knowledge in their subject area, they would have an open mind and generosity towards other people, know how to behave in other cultures and how to communicate with people with different religions, values and customs, and not be scared of coping with new unfamiliar issues. I would like to vaccinate all our students against the dark forces of nationalism and racism.
Bengt Nilsson in 2000, founder of the Internationalisation at home concept, Malmö University
Incorporating global aspects in education
We recognize the importance of global knowledge in today's society and incorporate such aspects in education.
The significance of intercultural learning
We prepare our students for their careers and their lives as global citizens.
Visiting researchers and staff
To nourish our global community we welcome international colleagues from near and far. Together we shape, and contribute to, the University and the community.
With a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, there is a keen focus on collaboration. The collective aim is to conduct research of high quality in line with Malmö University's vision and strategy. We encourage international collaboration to generate new knowledge.
Interested in coming here?
Please contact a research centre, research programme, faculty or department relevant to your field of research.
We have five research centres and four programmes, which between them span fields in life sciences, humanities, health and technology.
As a Visiting Professor I have enormously enjoyed working with such dedicated colleagues from across the university and beyond. The high quality of research and scholarship, as well as an organisational culture which is inclusive and self-challenging, are the reasons I have no hesitation in recommending Malmö University to researcher colleagues.
John Storan, Director of the research centre Continuum at University of East London and Visiting Professor at Malmö University
How we work
Global engagement and internationalisation are present throughout the organisation. We have an advisory board for global engagement as well as international committees in all faculties securing quality, reciprocity and inclusion.
Organisational support structure for global engagement
Advisory Board for Global Engagement
The Advisory Board for Global Engagement's main role is to plan, coordinate and follow up university-wide questions related to internationalisation and global engagement, as well as contribute to increasing the University's visibility in a global context. The work is based on Malmö University Strategy 2022, the national agenda for internationalisation and Agenda 2030. The council is a preparatory body before Vice-Chancellor decisions and decisions in the University Board.
The board has the following composition: the Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for global engagement and challenge-based learning (who is the chair of the board), a representative from each of the five faculties*, a representative from the university library, the head of the International Office, the head of the Communications Department, a representative from the Centre Teaching and Learning, a representative for research centres and two student representatives (appointed by the student bodies).
* The faculty delegate reports to the Dean and is the link between the Advisory Board and the Faculty’s own International Council
International Councils on the faculty level
Each of our five faculties has an International Council consisting of academic and administrative staff with responsibility for internationalisation and global engagement on the faculty level. One staff member from the International Office is linked to each council. The faculty's representative on the Advisory board is invited to council meetings.