Chalmers is one of Sweden's most international universities
​PhD student Paul Gontia och Professor Yuliya Kalmykova at Chalmers' Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
​Credit: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Chalmers is one of Swedens most international universities

​Five stars out of five possible. The international environment at Chalmers University of Technology gets top rating when the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, Stint, presents its index for 2017.
  • ​Chalmers University of Technology has Sweden's highest proportion of international scholars; every fifth has obtained his or her doctorate at a foreign university.
  • Every other doctoral student at Chalmers has completed his or her undergraduate education in a country other than Sweden.
  • Within the undergraduate program, more than 60 percent of the higher education credits at Chalmers are awarded in courses held in English.
These are some of the explanations to why Chalmers University of Technology gets five stars out of five in Stint's internationalization index.
Behind this lies a consistent strategy for early transition to the Bologna system – with three-year bachelor programmes in Swedish, and two-year master programmes, all taught fully in English – to lay the foundations for a good international environment at campus. Chalmers University of Technology today attracts international master students in all disciplines. Many of them choose to continue as graduate students. Mobility abroad at the master's level is also high, outbound from Chalmers.
"We have also worked hard in consciously chosen international networks, especially within our Areas of Advance, to strengthen research, innovation and education in different ways. Among other things, through engagement in challenge-driven consortia and by actively recruiting international postdocs and assistant professors with successful results in several rounds, says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.
Another explanation is the frequent cooperation that Chalmers has with a large number of global industrial corporations, which provides opportunities for different types of international connections.
“Influence of ideas and knowledge is crucial for being able to develop as a university. In order to achieve this, a high degree of internationalization is required, which we enjoy, and which now also have been fully acknowledged. The index also gives us great ideas on areas of improvement to be inspired from in our further work," says Stefan Bengtsson.
Read more in press release from:
Stint, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education

Published: Tue 09 May 2017.