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Interim report from Internationalisation Commission

An interim report from the Inquiry on Increased Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions has been circulated for consultation, and KI as all other HEIs has been asked to submit its response to the government. The report proposes amendments to the Higher Education Act, a new vision for the internationalisation of higher education and research, and eight goals.

The Inquiry, which is chaired by Agneta Bladh, is tasked with proposing new goals, a new national strategy for the internationalisation of academic education and research, and means by which students can acquire an international perspective in their education. This part of the task is presented in this interim report. The last part, which concerns Sweden’s attractiveness as a study destination and knowledge nation, will be reported in October.

The ultimate aim of the strategy is to attain the following vision:

Sweden shall be one of the most attractive, international knowledge nations with world leading quality of education and research. International understanding and intercultural competence shall constitute an unquestioned and integrated part of education and research. The internationalisation efforts of the higher education institutions are predicated upon constructive cooperation with the rest of society and efficient coordination between government agencies in order to overcome national and global challenges.

Goals for attaining the vision

1. Internationalisation characterises the management of higher education institutions.
2. Sweden has a high level of attractiveness as a study destination and knowledge nation.
3. All students who earn university degrees have developed their international understanding or intercultural competence.
4. Staff at higher education institutions, including doctoral students, have solid international experience and strong international networks.
5. Higher education institutions enjoy favourable conditions for increasing strategic international partnership and cooperation.
6. Higher education institutions have strong potential to contribute to global development and global social challenges.
7. Support provided by government agencies towards the internationalisation of higher education institutions is tailored to the needs of the institutions.
8. Systems for monitoring and evaluating internationalisation are well established.

Amendments and addenda to the Higher Education Act

The Inquiry proposes that the new goals shall be binding in order to stress that internationalisation is not an optional undertaking, and that the new Higher Education Act shall state that all international activities at each higher education institution should contribute to improving the quality of education and research and, nationally and globally, to the sustainable development that higher education institutions are meant to foster.

The abilities that first-cycle (Bachelor’s) education is to develop in the students are to be usable in an international or intercultural perspective. The new law will place heavier demands on active measures at an institutional level.

Below you can find KI's response to the government in swedish.