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SLU receives STINT strategic grant for internationalization

Published: 10 June 2020
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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) together with Örebro University and Dalarna University receive 2.4 million SEK from STINT strategic grant for internationalization for the Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA 2030).

GCUA 2030 is a global learning forum for sustainable development with the overall goal to enhance the capacity of its partners to contribute to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through international collaboration. GCUA 2030 is an expansion and re-focusing of the already existing network GCUA that was established in 2012 also through STINT-funding.

Vice-Chancellor Mia Knutson Wedel
Vice-Chancellor Maria Knutson Wedel

“It is clear that the transformative change envisioned in UN’s Agenda 2030 will require active and strategic collaboration across geographies and disciplines. We are therefore very happy to receive this grant that will allow us to develop GCUA 2030 with the mission to equip the next generation of researchers, teachers and academic leaders with knowledge, tools and networks that will strengthen their capacity to work across disciplines and to conduct translational research” - Vice-Chancellor Maria Knutson Wedel, SLU 

 Pro vice-chancellor Ylva Hillbur
Pro Vice-Chancellor Ylva Hillbur

“The overall goal of GCUA 2030 is to enhance the capacity of its partners to contribute to Agenda 2030 and sustainable development through international collaboration. Together with our partners from universities from across the globe, we have designed a programme where the majority of activities and meetings will be virtual in order to reduce the need for air travel and also to allow for broader participation” - Pro Vice-Chancellor Ylva Hillbur, SLU 

GCUA 2030 will offer different types of learning activities designed to accommodate and be attractive to students from different educational systems. One example is the course “Sustainability in a globalised world” where the students will learn more about the SDGs and how scientific knowledge can be translated into action by using the concept of Theory of Change. The students will also learn how to measure impact of their research, strengthen their intercultural skills and build international networks.

For more information, please visit the GCUA 2030 website  


GCUA 2030 coordinator

Elisabeth Rajala
Telephone: +46 18 672036, +46 73 801 33 56