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Capacity building programmes

Lund University is a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. We offer a wide range of capacity building programmes to strengthen companies, professional organisations, authorities and individuals to achieve their own and global development initiatives, including the UN's Agenda 2030.

Three participants of the programme interacting. Photo.
From the programme ’Innovation in Governance for Urban Nature-based Solutions’. Photo: Johan Persson.

Empowering individuals, organisations and societies

Capacity building is the process through which individuals, organisations, and societies obtain, strengthen, and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time. Universities around the world have an important role in this development, where education and research can contribute to the reduction of poverty, increased equality, participation and democracy as well as economic development.

Lund University has long supported capacity building in many forms, including by partnering with universities in developing countries, sponsoring student and teacher exchanges, and participating in cross-national research collaborations. Not least, the Department of Commissioned Education (LUCE) has coordinated contract education programmes with partners like The Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Institute (SI).

Through these programmes, LUCE has become experts in managing and coordinating advanced capacity building programmes with an interdisciplinary approach and special focus on capacity building and organisational development.

Mutual exchange

Our capacity building programmes produce a range of benefits, not only for the participants and the countries and institutions they represent but also for Sweden and Lund University. Such effects include active networks and partnerships around specific initiatives. New avenues for research have also become available, including new ideas, new collaborators, and new opportunities for collecting data and material. We have also been able to increase the quality of the education we offer, of which we are very proud!

Current programmes

Please follow the links below to learn more about our programmes or contact us for more information.

A selection of previous programme offerings

Theme and purpose

The programme focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 – Sustainable cities and communities – of Agenda 2030.

The purpose of the programme was to strengthen the capacity of civil servants working in municipalities or regional administration to create sustainable, inclusive and climate-resilient cities. During the programme, participants planned, coordinated, developed and launched an innovative change project.


The participants came from Indonesia, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

Partners and funding

  • The Swedish Institute
  • Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC), Lund
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), Lund

Related links


If you have any questions about this programme, contact the project team at hiks [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se (hiks[at]education[dot]lu[dot]se).

Theme and purpose

The course focused on accelerating the Nordic countries’ transition to sustainable and prosperous societies.

It aimed to connect the latest knowledge on policy and its role in facilitating changes towards greater sustainability to ongoing tasks in the course participants’ everyday work. The long-term objective was for participants to formulate and implement better policies for green growth and system innovation.


The course was offered to professionals working with policy formulation or implementation connecting to topics such as green growth and sustainability transitions in the Nordic countries. 

Partners and funding

  • Centre for Innovation Research (CIRCLE), Lund University
  • Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University
  • Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
  • Department of Human Geography, Lund University
  • Department of Technology Management, SINTEF
  • Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University

While the course was facilitated by a consortium of Nordic universities and research institutes, it was formally part of the Green Growth Policy Mixes project financed by NordForsk.

Related links

Programme brochure for Policy for Green Growth and System Innovation (1.7 MB, new tab)


If you have any questions about this course, contact Jessica Hansson at jessica [dot] hansson [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se (jessica[dot]hansson[at]education[dot]lu[dot]se).

Theme and purpose

The capacity development programme Land is Life at Lund University focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 – Life on Land – of Agenda 2030. 

The purpose of the programme was to strengthen the participants’ capacity in working with the synergies that sustainable land management and the governance of land resources may contribute to related development sectors. During the programme, the participants developed cases that resulted in individual policy briefs.


The programme trained future leaders and decision-makers from across Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Uganda).

Partners and funding

  • Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)
  • Swedish Institute (funder)

Related links

Article about the programme Land is Life on the Lund University Staff Pages


If you have any questions about this programme, contact the project team at info [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se (info[at]education[dot]lu[dot]se).

Contact information

Lund University Commissioned Education

Contact details
+46 (0)46 222 0707
info [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se (info[at]education[dot]lu[dot]se)

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