Membership of several worldwide networks, bilateral partnerships with a diverse group of universities on six continents and prominent international research collaborations shape the work, the community and the vision of Malmö University’s global engagement.

University wide networks

Malmö University is part of several multinational networks supporting and shaping our global community.

UNIC – the European University of Post-Industrial Cities

UNIC, the European University of Post-Industrial Cities, is an alliance of 10 universities committed to education, research and community engagement that aims to increase inclusion in diverse societies. UNIC is an EU initiative to create new partnerships for higher education institutions and mobility opportunities for staff and students. The membership enables Malmö University to strengthen its international collaboration in research and education and to deepen its cooperation with the City of Malmö.

Together with Malmö University, the UNIC alliance is formed by

  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Netherlands (coordinator)
  • Koç Üniversitesi, Turkey
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • Universidad Duesto, Spain
  • L'Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Oulun yliopisto, Finland
  • Sveućilište u Zagrebu, Croatia
  • University in Łódź, Poland

Visit the UNIC website


International Network of Universities (INU)

The International Network of Universities (INU) is a global consortium of 13 partners that is actively seeking to create innovative programmes and delivery methods to embrace internationalisation movements. The INU activities focus on:

  • Advancing internationalisation of member universities
  • Preparing students for lives and careers as global citizens
  • Engaging students and staff in international mobility programmes

The INU Network yearly arranges several activities amongst the partners.

For students

  • Student seminar for Global Citizenship and Peace
  • International Student Conference
  • INU International internship Programme
  • Global Citizenship and Sustainable Futures: Learning for Change, online programme
  • Henry Fong Award for Global Citizenship and Peace

For staff

  • INU staff knowledge exchange
  • INU research seed money fund
  • Research mobility programme

For staff and students

  • Intercultural Learning Through Global Engagement

Read more about INU on their website

Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD)

SANORD is an international network of higher education and research, committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the Nordic and the Southern African regions. The network aims to provide a platform for research, education and collaboration. Within the framework of the network, incoming master's students are offered Brian O’Connell scholarship for studies at the Nordic universities. Research collaboration funds are announced on an annual basis. SANORD organizes a conference every year, every two years in the Nordic region and every two years in Southern Africa.

SANORD was formed in 2007 and has member universities in the following countries:

Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden
Southern African countries: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

SANORD is coordinated by the secretariat at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Read more about SANORD on their website

European Universities Association (EUA)

The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in about 50 countries, providing a unique forum to network and stay updated regarding the latest trends in higher education and research policies. Members of the EUA are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.

EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow’s European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. The Association’s mandate in the Bologna process, contribution to EU research policy-making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation.

Read more about EUA on their website

Scholars at risk (SAR)

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide. SAR offers direct assistance to academics facing threats to their lives and acts as a matchmaker between scholars and member institutions offering temporary positions to scholars.

The network was founded in 2000 and is based in New York (US) and has over 500 members representing 40 countries.

Since March 2016 there is a Swedish section of Scholars at Risk, SAR-Sweden. The section is coordinated from the University of Gothenburg and has about 20 member institutions.

Read more about Scholars at risk on their website

Cooperation programmes

Malmö University is active in a number of cooperation programmes such as STINT, Erasmus+, Nordplus.

STINT – The South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF)

SASUF is a three-year collaboration project between 13 Swedish and 23 South African universities. The overall aim is to strengthen ties between South Africa and Sweden in research, education and innovation, with the UN's sustainability goals in focus.

Learn more about SASUF on their website


Malmö University (S MALMO01) is taking part in the Erasmus+ programme, the European Union's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Within KA131 we are offering international exchange opportunities for all of the University’s students and staff.

Read more about Erasmus+ on their website

Within the wide range of Erasmus+ we have taken part in several Key action 2 projects during the period 2014-2020. In the programme period 2021–2027 we are currently coordinating two successful Key Action 2 projects, "Accelerating Teaching" and MOVA. Additionally, all of our faculties are continually involved in various Erasmus+ projects.

Through Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM/KA171) we offer exchange opportunities to partner countries outside the European Union for the University's students and staff.

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The Nordplus Programme offers financial support to a variety of educational cooperation between partners in the area of lifelong learning from the eight participating countries and three autonomous regions in the Baltic and Nordic area.

Malmö University is currently part of ten Nordplus projects across the Baltic and Nordic region.

Learn more about Nordplus on their website

SI Public Sector Innovation Programme

The international programme aims to strengthen public sector professionals and innovation, as well as contribute to the fulfilment of the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda. Public sector employees and elected representatives from twenty countries take part in training programmes hosted by eight different Swedish universities.

Malmö University's project Co-governance and social innovation for sustainability is part of the Swedish Institute’s programme. State agencies, municipalities and civil society organisations from four countries are participating in the project:

  • Europe–Georgia Institute (EGI) in Georgia
  • The Child Rights Information Centre Moldova (CRIC) in Moldova
  • Education Innovators Kosovo (EIK) in Kosovo
  • IMPETUS – Center for Internet, Development and Good Governance in North Macedonia

The project consists of two dialectic tracks. The first track is a thematic series of bi-weekly seminars on co-governance, social innovation, innovative public procurement, transparency, and impact and developmental evaluation. Participating institutions are challenged to contextualise and develop these ideas and then launch initiatives towards the end of the project. In the second track, participants develop a contextual tool-kit for social audits, train local communities in the methodology and in the second half of the project implement social audits. The basic idea of social audits is to give citizens tools to examine people in power and ensure that local decision processes are transparent and non-corrupt. In seminars, the social audits will serve as cases of social innovation and co-governance and put light on existing limitations and obstacles. 

More about the SI programme

Bilateral partnerships of student exchange

Malmö University works actively with 250 partner universities across the globe. Our student body is comprised of approximately 70 different nationalities, providing a truly international atmosphere and a unique academic environment.

Malmö University's Search Portal for Exchange Opportunities

Prominent Research

Malmö University’s research is developed and profiled through our research centres, research programmes and research platforms.

Prominent research