Chalmers keeps top spot in internationalisation index
Chalmers has held on to its five-star rating from the 2017 internationalisation index, maintaining its top position as one Sweden’s three most international universities.
The ranking is awarded by Stint, the Foundation for internationalisation of higher education and research. The foundation developed the index in order to measure levels of internationalisation at Swedish universities.
Just as in the 2017 index, Chalmers received five stars out of five, one of just three Swedish universities to achieve the top ranking. KTH and the Stockholm School of Economics were the other two.
” We have worked strategically to recruit well
established researchers as postdocs and Assistant Professors
internationally, with great results. This strengthens our collaboration
with outside international networks. In this respect, we improve our
research, innovation and development,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President
and CEO of Chalmers.
Chalmers’ ratings in the six different categories – research, students, doctoral students, education, staff and management – are largely unchanged from last year. For example, the internationalisation of research, and the international experience of management remain at the same level, while the proportion of staff with international doctorates has increased slightly.
The deliberate strategy to switch early to the Bologna system, with three-year undergraduate programmes in Swedish, and two-year Master’s programmes in English, has been a factor which has created a good international environment. In foundational education, today over 60% of higher education credits at Chalmers are available on courses taught in English. This has meant high mobility at Master’s level, both into Chalmers, and out to the rest of the world.
In postgraduate education, the same international trend is visible. Every other student received their undergraduate education at a foreign university. Additionally, Chalmers has Sweden’s highest proportion of internationally educated doctors – 1 in 5 received their doctorate from a university outside Sweden.
The close connections Chalmers has with a large number of global industrial companies is also a contributing factor.
“Exchanges with industry, in the form of ideas and knowledge, are essential to be able to develop as a University. A high grade of internationalisation makes our work stronger. The high rating from Stint proves to us that our long-term, strategic work has been fruitful. But we should not get complacent – the index also shows us what we can do to continue developing internationalisation at Chalmers,” says Stefan Bengtsson.
Text: Erik Krång and Anita Fors