A future of shared priorities

20 June 2019

Leaders of top universities in the UK and Sweden have today re-affirmed their commitment to cooperation and collaboration on world-class research.

Vice chancellors from Russell Group universities welcomed representatives from the Swedish Principals Council, the leaders of twelve research-intensive universities in Sweden, to talk about their shared priorities. This included discussions about sustaining the existing research links and finding new ways to work more closely together in future.

There have been more than 750 collaborative links made between Russell Group researchers and universities and businesses in Sweden under the EU’s research funding programme Horizon 2020, since the start of the programme.

Group of Russell Group vice chancellors meet Swedish delegation

Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool who chaired the meeting, said: “The UK and Sweden have a long history of collaboration and share common strengths in excellent higher education, world leading research and innovation, and a strong participation in European Framework Programmes. The UK may be leaving the European Union, but under a new relationship, our universities will remain committed to working closely with our partners in Sweden.”

Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University (Sweden) and Chair of the Swedish Principals Council, said: “If we are serious about contributing with solutions to societal challenges we need to collaborate across borders. Universities in Sweden and the UK are strong partners in a number of fields in both education and research and I see no reason why this should to change in the future.”


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