ERASMUS MUNDUS II
The International Office at KTH coordinates the international activities on undergraduate/graduate level. KTH is an active partner in a number of international programmes, projects and networks. There are also international coordinators at the respective schools/study programmes, coordinating the student exchange.
KTH has well-established exchanges with selected universities all over the world, especially in Europe and USA. KTH is active in exchange programmes like Erasmus/Socrates, Linnaeus-Palme, Nordplus, etc. We also have a number of bilateral agreements with non-European universities. Furthermore, KTH participates in the university networks Time, Cluster, GE4 and ECATA. KTH encourages internationalisation of educational programmes and the possibilities regarding student exchanges are continuously developing.
KTH provides accommodation for Exchange students and Masters students through the KTH Accomodation Office (KTH Bostad). KTH Accommodation rents rooms for exchange and master students in student housing buildings (dormitories). Rooms are also rented in apartment houses. The rooms are located in central Stockholm as well as in the suburbs of the city. The location of the room will depend on the number of rooms available at the moment. There is no possibility to choose your room or address, nor to change rooms! The address will be given to the student when signing the contract.
Exchange students apply for accommodation on the application form for exchange studies. This form should be sent to the international coordinator of the chosen program at KTH. Upon arrival the student signs a contract with KTH.
During the academic year of 04/05 approximately 400 KTH students studied abroad and more approx 760 foreign exchange students from 41 different countries studied at KTH.
KTH research into science and technology became involved with international cooperation at a very early stage. The rapid pace of change in our society, which has become increasingly knowledge driven with a growing emphasis on technical innovation, requires new strategies for education and research. The engineer of the future will work in a global society where teamwork and leadership in an international environment play key roles.
KTH, as Sweden's premier university of science and technology, runs several international campuses housing students from all over the world. Students from top universities in Europe select KTH as their preferred university when taking their turn as exchange students. In the other direction, students at KTH are able to choose from the over 200 universities in Europe with which KTH has established exchange agreements via the Socrates and Erasmus programmes.
Close collaboration at the presidential and departmental levels is provided via the CLUSTER network (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research), where 11 university presidents have signed an agreement on mutual recognition of B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D degrees, providing a truly European Area of Higher Education.
KTH is one of the founders of the TIME network (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) that allows students from KTH to participate in double degree programmes at over 50 top universities in Europe.
Policy matters concerning European engineering research and education are addressed by the CESAER network (the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research), where KTH has a place on the management committee. KTH has also entered the Magalhães-SMILE network linking South American universities to European counterparts in order to exchange students. Further information will be available in the near future.
There is a long tradition of cooperation with universities in the Baltic region. KTH is the most successful partner as concerns Tempus applications, currently involved in 12 programmes, which are often run by former KTH students.
The Erasmus Mundus programmes allow students from Europe and overseas to participate in joint MSc programmes. This is the trademark of excellence in Europe, and KTH is currently a partner in four programmes. In addition, KTH participates in other European networks aimed at strengthening cooperation in research and education. KTH is a respected partner in the European research area, winning a considerable number of contracts from the EU framework programmes, especially in the IT sector.
Developing new tools for engineering education is part of the CDIO project in which MIT, KTH, Chalmers and other universities share a common vision.
The focus of economic development is shifting from West to East. KTH has developed strong research links with China where, under the umbrella of KTH-China Centre of Excellence, several joint research centres have been founded covering areas from photonics and nanoelectronics to industrial ecology to molecular electronics.
KTH has signed an agreement with the Chinese Scholarship Council to receive 70 researchers annually at postgraduate level. An agreement has also been signed with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Research to promote Sino-Swedish research collaboration.
KTH, KI and Chalmers have joined forces to open two offices, in Beijing and Shanghai, that will serve as a new platform for academic cooperation between industry, academia and governmental institutions. It will provide educational programmes and tailor-made courses. Exchange agreements with leading universities in China are in place. This new role for universities in a global economy was addressed by KTH President, Anders Flodström, during his speech at the presidential forum in Beijing.
India is taking steps forward in economic development, steps that are characterised by its high level of education and research. KTH has signed a research agreement with the Indian Natural Science Academy focussed on biotechnology and environmental engineering. Other agreements on student exchange and research collaboration have been signed with the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. KTH has been actively involved in promoting increased Indo-Swedish collaboration. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has also requested that KTH establish a university of science and technology in Pakistan.
Student exchange is now possible all across the world with exchange agreements in place with over 50 countries. In order to strengthen entrepreneurial skills, KTH has signed an agreement with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in which NUS has appointed KTH as the European site of its NUS overseas college. KTH, in collaboration with KI, has opened an office at NUS in Singapore.
The UN Millennium Development Goals, aimed at eradicating poverty and global diseases, are a challenge to engineering education and research. KTH is actively involved in many research projects in developing countries. A centre for research into natural disasters, KTH Disaster Resilience Centre (KTH DIRECT, was established in 2005 focusing on risk analysis and reconstruction.
SPIDER, the Swedish centre for the implementation of IT in developing countries, is also located at KTH. There is ample experience of student driven projects aimed at developing IT tools in rural areas, as well as establishing and expanding university networks. The Swedish international IT award - the Stockholm Challenge – is hosted by KTH. KTH is involved in capacity building projects at many universities. Students at KTH are able to gain experience from research projects in developing countries through Sida's MFS Programme. The Faculty of Chemical Engineering in Asmara, Eritrea, has been developed in collaboration with KTH.
Demand for high quality education is growing in developing countries and KTH is committed to playing its part in this process.
In order to promote international cooperation and to provide students and staff with a platform for international exchange, KTH is an active participant in various academic networks.
CESAER (The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research)
An association of some 50 leading European engineering universities. Within CESAER the members can act on a higher policy level thereby influencing decision makers on issues relevant to engineering education and research.
CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research)
A network of eleven European universities committed to enhancing the quality of science and engineering education, research and continuing education. CLUSTER website
GE4 (Global Education for European Engineers and Entrepreneurs)
The GE4 is a private association created in 1996 with the support of European industry and academic institutions. Its aim is to facilitate the mobility of engineers and managers world wide. Student exchange is carried out between European, American, Asian and Latinamerican institutions. GE4 website
A network that facilitates cooperation between a number of universities of technology in Northern Europe. Its main focus is on bilateral exchanges between the universities in the network in a manner much similar to the Erasmus exchanges. Nordtek website
TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe)
A network dedicated to the issuing of double diplomas. This attracts highly qualified students and offers them a bi-cultural education, e.g. three years at their home university and an additional two years at a host university. TIME website
BALTECH is a University Consortium in Science and Technology with KTH and the Universities of Technology in Helsinki , Kaunas , Linköping, Lund, Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius as members. The consortium is governed by a Rectors' meeting and a Board consisting of representatives of the Partner Universities.
The objective of this consortium is to be a strategic resource for wider partnership and closer cooperation between technical universities in the Baltic Sea region. BALTECH is focusing on scientific and educational cooperation with a number of jointly developed MSc-programs, student exchange and a research cooperation network in the area of "Total Sustainable Development around the Baltic Sea ". BALTECH website
WGLN 2 – Wallenberg Global Learning Network
The WGLN 2 is a targeted grant-giving organization supporting projects within an international network of university communities in the U.S and Sweden. These communities represent faculty and researchers who are committed to projects with a purpose to improve the teaching and learning process and where Information and Communication Tools (ICT) is developed as innovative solutions supporting this.
More information: www.learninglab.kth.se and www.wgln.org