We are proud of our global engagement and the way it shapes our work, our community and our vision. We are engaged in several worldwide networks and have bilateral partnerships with a diverse group of universities on six continents.

Our university wide networks

The 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 11 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
  • Master’s summer school for Global Citizenship and Peace
  • International Student Conference on Global Citizenship
  • INU International internship Programme
  • Henry Fong Award for Global Citizenship and Peace

For staff

  • INU staff shadowing
  • 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


SGroup is a European university network composed of 34 universities in some 15 European countries. The network was founded in Spain in 1989, and Malmö University joined in 2000. The aim of the network is strengthened internationalization via benchmarking and joint projects.

The projects includes working groups for exchange of ideas and knowledge linked to cooperation with South America and China, the creation of a joint summer school in Shanghai, exchanges on supervision at postgraduate level and the construction of a firmer structure for recurring benchmarking, The SGroup Think Academy.

Read more about SGroup 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.

EUA is the result of a merger between the Association of European Universities (CRE) and the Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences, which took place in Salamanca, Spain on 31 March 2001.

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

I chose to come to Malmö University because it is a young, vibrant and modern higher education institution. This is especially embodied in the courses offered, which are critical, contemporary and exciting. The location in the middle of the city also makes the University an intriguing place to study. 

Isabella Revina Wibowo, former exchange student via INU


Cooperation programmes

We are active in a number of cooperation programmes such as STINT, Erasmus+, Nordplus and Linnaeus-Palme.

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 is taking part in the Erasmus+ programme, the European Union's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Within KA103 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. Under strategic partnerships we are currently coordinating two successful projects, AGESAM and VASE. Due to its wide range of topics all the faculties are currently involved in projects as a partner. 


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

Linnaeus-Palme Partnership Programme

Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The programme aims to strengthen relationships between project countries as well as increase the quality of education at the participating institutions through funding for mutual teacher and student exchange. Since the start of the Linnaeus-Palme programme in 2000 Malmö University has had over 40 projects in 20 countries.

Current Linnaeus-Palme projects

Faculty of Education and Society – Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan

Faculty of Health and Society – The University of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba

Faculty of Education and Society – St Thomas College, India

Faculty of Health and Society – Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Faculty of Education and Society – University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Learn more about Linnaeus-Palme on Utbyten.se

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

Long-term collaboration is built through Linnaeus-Palme partnerships. There is mutual benefit in the exchange of the participating partners' specific expertise, both academic and in terms of experience. Linnaeus-Palme, with its exchange program of lecturers and students, boosts the implementation of international and global perspectives both at home and abroad.

Lena Andersson, Project manager of the Linnaeus-Palme partnership between Malmö University and Royal University of Bhutan

Our 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