Collaborations and partners

The aim of Uppsala University's strategic partnerships is to create long-term collaboration for mutual development and to enhance the quality of the university's research and education. They are characterised by their wide range of scientific areas and topics, including collaborations on personal mobility, education, recruitment and research. The partnerships also intend to contribute to further understanding of needs, and solutions to society's challenges.

Partnerships are formed with organisations that are of particular importance for the university's operations.

Uppsala university's strategic partners


ABB logoFocus areas for collaboration:

  • Development of competencies and recruitment
  • Research
  • Communication

The partnership with ABB was established in 2015.

Uppsala municipality

Uppsala Municipality logoThe partnership with the municipality of Uppsala has sustainable community-building as a core collaboration theme, but also includes activities in other areas. The partnership was established in 2016.

Region Gotland

Region Gotland logoFocus areas for collaboration:

  • An attractive university island
  • Mutual exchange of knowledge
  • Research and innovation

The partnership with Region Gotland was established in 2016.

Agreement on enhanced cooperation

NCC logoUppsala University and the construction company NCC has signed an agreement on enhanced cooperation. The collaboration aims to facilitate the recruitment of highly trained engineers and contribute to research on existing and future technologies.

The overall objective is to broaden the cooperation, both in form and in content, and to lay the ground for long-term collaboration. Energy, construction and component technology are natural areas for collaboration, but more are to be identified, both in technology and in humanities and social sciences. Examples of common activities are research, student projects, placements and degree projects. 

Letter of intent on cooperation with RISE research institutes of Sweden

RISE logo

Uppsala University has signed a letter of intent with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden – a network for Swedish research institutes. The aim is to strengthen Swedish competitiveness and growth through increased collaboration between universities and industrial research institutes.

The purpose of the agreement is to strengthen Uppsala University’s and RISE’s position in Sweden and internationally within common research areas. The agreement will also contribute to strengthening ties between teaching and applied research and innovation systems, and to stimulate students’ contacts with the business sector and the surrounding community.

RISE and Uppsala University have agreed on a few areas with good conditions for deepened collaboration:

  • Advanced facilities for technology development, production and testing (FREIA Facility for Research Instrumentation and Accelerator Development, Ångström Workshop, UppTech)
  • The digital society / Internet of things
  • Energy and KIC InnoEnergy
  • Health and EIT Health
  • Nanotechnology
  • Test beds for biological drugs, IoT and cultural heritage
  • The Gotland collaboration / Sustainable Gotland

Examples of forms of collaboration are applying for funding for and conducting common research projects, organising seminars, recruiting and supervising PhD students, taking part in courses and training and planning, utilising and co-financing expensive equipment.

Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital

Entrance to Uppsala University Hospital's emergency room.

Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital together train more than 3,000 physicians, nurses and other medical staff a year. We conduct world-leading research to create new treatments and solve the puzzles of serious diseases.

More than 400 staff are employed by both the University and the University Hospital. Clinical research has a turnover of around SEK 500 million and generates approximately 1,500 scholarly publications per year.

Find out more about Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital’s long collaboration.

Uppsala Health Summit

Uppsala Health Summit is a recurring international policy meeting on the challenges of healthcare in the world, and how we can overcome them. The goal is to enable research and development results to reach healthcare and patients sooner.

Uppsala Health Summit logo.

Initiative for newcomers and integration

Smiling woman.

Uppsala University has knowledge in a number of important areas relevant to the current situation with many newcomers in Sweden. We have different opportunities for continuing professional development. There are also opportunities aimed directly at newcomers. In several projects we collaborate closely with other actors in society.

Read more about our initiative for newcomers and integration

Innovation programmes

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is part of EU’s Horizon 2020 which focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in different areas. Uppsala University is an active participant in three of EIT’s six knowledge and innovation communities:

The cooperation in these innovation communities happens both at the national and European level with other higher education institutions and industry. EIT Health also includes the public sector. Uppsala University contributes to these communities through courses, innovation projects and business-furthering activities.

Another strategic innovation programme where Uppsala University is both a participant and coordinator is Internet of Things Sweden.

Last modified: 2021-10-05