Chalmers stays at the top of the internationalisation Index despite the pandemic
Chalmers retains its position as one of Sweden's most international universities. For the sixth year in a row, Chalmers is awarded the highest mark by The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, Stint, presenting its Internationalisation Index.
Six dimensions of internationalization are included in the index, and 28 HEIs are rated. The now launched results are based on data from 2020. No less than 17 of 28 HEIs lose in the dimension of student mobility, i.e., the proportion of students who had studied abroad or come to Sweden to study. The reason is of course the pandemic, which had a great impact on mobility in 2020.
Nevertheless, the decline in student mobility is largely compensated by the increasing internationalization of research and teaching staff at HEIs. The proportion of researchers contributing to at least one publication that includes an international affiliation has slowly increased in recent years. One subset of these researchers, measured separately, comprises those who had completed their doctorates outside Sweden.
"We are happy to maintain our position as a very internationalized university", says Stefan Bengtsson, President, and CEO at Chalmers. "The pandemic has presented us with many challenges, but we work strategically and long-term. The award is a good rating, but we want to invest even more in internationalization".