Doctoral student Paul Gontia och Associate Professor Yuliya Kalmykova at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
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Chalmers is one of Sweden's most international universities

Five stars out of five possible. The international environment at Chalmers University of Technology gets the highest possible score when the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, Stint, presents its index for 2017.

  • ​Chalmers has Sweden's highest proportion of internationally educated doctors; 20 percent has obtained his or her doctorate degree at a university abroad.

  • Every other doctoral student at Chalmers has completed his or her undergraduate education in a country other than Sweden.
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Within the undergraduate programs, more than 60 percent of the education credits are given in courses held in English.


These are some of the reasons why Chalmers University of Technology gets five stars out of five in Stint's internationalization index.



One underlying explanation is a conscious strategy for early transition to the Bologna system – with three-year bachelor’s programs in Swedish and two-year master's programs which are held in English throughout – to lay the foundations for a good international environment. Chalmers today attracts international master's students in all disciplines. Many of them choose an academic career here. Chalmers outbound student mobility at the master's level is substantial as well.



"We have also worked hard in consciously chosen international networks, primarily in our Areas of Advance, to strengthen research, innovation and education in different ways. For instance, through engagement in challenge-driven consortia and by actively and successfully recruiting Postdocs and Assistant Professors in several rounds,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.



Another explanation is the extensive cooperation that Chalmers has with a large number of global industrial enterprises, which provides opportunities for various types of international connections.



”Influence of new ideas and knowledge is crucial for any university to develop. A high degree of internationalization is essential for this to happen, and we have proven to be successful in this respect. The index also gives us good hints on how to improve going forward," says Stefan Bengtsson.



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The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, Stint.

Text: 
Christian Borg

Published: Tue 09 May 2017.