At Malmö University, collaboration is an integral part of research and education. The aim of collaboration is to create mutual added value for the University, participating parties, and society. For the University, this means increased quality and relevance in research and education; our partners get access to research-based knowledge, which favours sustainable development in both business and society.

Local collaboration

At the local level, the University collaborates with a range of municipalities and
other public sector actors, companies from different areas, civil society and individual citizens. Collaboration with civil society takes place both with local organisations and national or international organisations that work locally, such as Save the Children and the Red Cross. Collaboration with civil society can be seen as a complementary way of including individual citizens' perspectives.

The University also has an initiative on cultural collaboration, to make visible and strengthen collaboration with cultural life.

Collaboration agreement with the city of Malmö

A key example of local collaboration is the University's partnership agreement with the City of Malmö. Sustainable urban development, equal welfare, skills supply and Malmö's attractiveness are the four areas that are the focus of the partnership agreement. The overall aim is to strengthen the conditions for sustainable social development that benefits everyone.

Regional collaboration

At a regional level, the University collaborates with the business and public sectors, such as Region Skåne, and other regions and municipalities. This includes collaboration with school principals and healthcare providers. Collaboration with public dental care organisations in southern Sweden takes place, for example, through Clinical Odontological Research in Southern Sweden.

The University is also part of the Research and Innovation Council in Skåne, together with the business and public sectors. Within Open Lab Skåne, collaboration takes place with industry in areas such as life science and materials science. Regional and local collaboration also takes place through representation on boards and membership of networks and cluster organisations that represent the business community.

Collaboration agreement with Region Skåne

Malmö University and Region Skåne create significant added value by working together to increase their joint ability to take initiatives and identify solutions to complex societal issues. Collaboration is an important prerequisite for both parties to be able to fulfil their respective social missions and contribute to the development of their own activities.

National collaboration

At a national level, there is collaboration with companies that are active on both the national and international markets. There is also collaboration with the public sector and various school principals within the Education, Learning, Research forum.

Forum for Social Innovation Sweden is a national knowledge and collaboration platform for social innovation that actively follows what is happening in the field – in Sweden and internationally – and ensures that knowledge and experiences is developed, shared and utilised.

Forum for Social Innovation Sweden

International collaboration

At an international level, collaboration takes place with the business community and through alliances and networks. The University is a partner in, among others:

  • European University of Cities in Post-Industrial Transition (UNIC)
  • European Network of Innovative Higher Education Institutions (ENIHEI)
  • The EU initiative New European Bauhaus (NEB)

The University also has international student interaction through internships in companies, embassies, non-governmental organisations, EU institutions, and the UN.