The Swedish government has published a new “Strategic Agenda” for the internationalisation of Swedish higher education and research. There is a very specific recommendation to include “sustainable development” in the text of the new HE law in Sweden: It should stipulate 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 document identifies 8 specific objectives of the internationalisation strategy for the 2020 – 2030 period. These contain relatively few measurable targets – except for the aim that the current percentage of 14% of Swedish students should be raised to 25. A target for incoming students may well follow in the October 2018 report.
The Swedish internationalisation strategy seems an important guide for the future development of the internationalisation of higher education and research in an important European country. After France – with the Macron initiative – this is the second sign that not all governments in Europe are afraid to show their international and European vision and ambition.