Continued talks paving the way for Aston University partnership

Örebro University is currently hosting a delegation from Aston University, UK. Over the two-day visit, the group is meeting with Örebro University’s executive team and representatives for research and education to discuss the possibilities of a future partnership.

“We have already identified possible areas of cooperation, among other things within research and in terms of student and teacher exchange schemes. We are also interested in learning about Örebro University’s external relations and how they cooperate with businesses and organisations,” says Helen Griffiths, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at Aston University.

Strong growth

Since 1999, when Örebro University was granted its university status, the university has seen a very positive development within research and education. Our operations have grown and gained in strength from a qualitative point of view. For us to take the next step, more far-reaching cooperation with universities abroad is needed.

In 2015, Örebro University’s executive team therefore approved a new strategy for internationalisation. Seeking strategic partnerships with other European universities is one of the goals laid down in the paper.

Good complement

Representatives from Örebro University have previously visited Aston University in Birmingham to discuss any collaboration possibilities. And now, their British colleagues are returning that visit to continue the talks.

“The two universities we represent supplement each other and we have every chance of building a long-term, far-reaching partnership,” says Helen Griffiths.

Örebro University’s Vice-Chancellor Jens Schollin is very optimistic about the ongoing talks:

“To us, internationalisation is really about quality investments in so far as we are offering students, teachers, researchers and administrative staff better opportunities to build long-term international relations and to encounter other perspectives. That is why these discussions are so important – teachers and researchers from our two universities have the opportunity to meet and identify potential areas for collaboration.”

Text: Johan Stenegård

Translation: Charlotta Hambre-Knight