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Collaboration in Africa

Through research cooperation, student exchanges, international networks, and projects, Lund University collaborates with universities in Africa. On a university-wide level, we are part of the SANORD network and the three-year collaboration project SASUF 2030, among others.

Lund University collaborates with partners in Africa within the following areas: 

  • research
  • learning and education
  • innovation
  • commissioned education
  • student mobility – exchange semesters, courses and internships.

Cooperation exists in more than 40 African countries and is most extensive in South Africa.

Southern African–Nordic Centre (SANORD)

SANORD is a member organisation consisting of universities in the Nordic region and southern Africa.

The aim of the network is to facilitate, expand and strengthen collaboration and contact between higher education institutions in southern Africa and the Nordic region.

This is achieved through, among other things:

  • an annual conference (South Africa, 5–7 December 2022)
  • funding of mobility for Master's students from southern Africa
  • so-called 'seed-funding' for research collaboration and
  • a three-minute thesis competition for PhD students. 

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

Lund University is a member of SANORD's Board in 2022 and 2023.

The network was formed in 2007 and has member universities in southern Africa and the Nordic region.

SANORD website

Student exchange agreements

University-wide, bilateral student exchange agreements exist between Lund University and several South African universities. The links below are to these universities' own websites:

South Africa Sweden University Forum (SASUF 2030)

SASUF 2030 is a collaborative project between 13 Swedish and 22 South African universities, running from 2021 to 2024. 

In addition to promoting research cooperation, the project also aims to increase contacts between

  • students
  • funders
  • industry and
  • other actors.

The SASUF sustainability forum was held digitally in 2022, 19–23 September. In 2023, it will be held in South Africa 27–31 March.

SASUF 2030 website

More about collaboration in Africa – Staff Pages

Contact information

Pär Svensson
par [dot] svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

+46(0) 46 222 77 42