STINT Teaching Sabbatical Programme
Teacher Exchange with the US, Singapore, Japan or Hong Kong
For educational renewal and new international networks
By giving Swedish researchers and university lecturers, who are passionate about education, international experience relevant to their teaching role rather than their research one, STINT wants to contribute to educational renewal and the creation of new networks. Great emphasis is put on the added value of the stay abroad, which is why STINT encourages candidates to search for new international experiences. There is particular focus on involving the university leadership and using the returning teachers' experience in various dissemination impacts.
Lnu nomination process
Each year, the dean of each faculty can nominate two candidates to the STINT Teaching Sabbatical Programme. Nominees must hold a doctoral degree, be employed by, and well established at Linnaeus University.
Out of the nominees, Linnaeus University can appoint a maximum of three candidates to be included in the STINT matching process. It is up to STINT and its host institutions to appoint the STINT fellows. STINT is collaborating with selected universities based in the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
Send in nominations to the STINT Teaching Sabbatical programme
Deans are invited to nominate up to two lecturers to the Programme STINT Teaching Sabbatical for an abroad stay at one of the STINT host institutions in the USA, Singapore, Japan or Hong Kong during autumn 2021.
The nominations are sent to the Register by May 30th, 2020.
Information about the process and what the application/nomination should include can be downloaded here.
For questions, contact Lena Kulmala, Office of external relations.
2020 - Bishnu Chandra Poudel: FTK, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology: Ohio State University
2009 - Magnus Persson
FKH, Department of Cultural Sciences - Richmond University
2006 - Irene Bohman, FHL: Biologi/miljövetenskap: Washington and Lee University. Final report Irene Bohman.
2003 - Rolf G Larsson: FEH, Samford University. Final report Rolf G Larsson.
2000 - Anki Koch Schmidt, Naturvetenskap - Wellesley College. Final report Anki Koch Schmidt.
2000 - Lars Andersson, Ekonomihögskolan - St. Mary´s College. Final report Lars Andersson.
Former scholarship holders give their stories
Some of our former STINT scholarship holders give their stories
Experiences from another system that contributes to widened perspectives. This is the most essential experience and the one that has had most significance on the professional level.
Such experiences are made up of very diverse fields/areas: knowledge about other organisations, other prioritisations of resources or other requirements on students. Particularly worth noting are other universities’ solutions to problems that we ourselves have not yet paid much attention to and, therefore, not yet come up with solutions for.
- More personal contacts with researchers in another country
- Experience of another country with another culture and another language
- Memorable milestone in life that brings family closer together
My stay at Williams College, Massachusetts, gave me an insight into how a large liberal arts college in the US works. Williams College attracts the very best students from the US and the rest of world and these expect an elite education. Therefore, all focus is on education while research is secondary. Having well-reputed teachers who more or less never teach, like in Sweden, is unthinkable at American universities. A lot of energy and time is therefore put into the development of teaching and on gathering all new teachers at idea development seminars. Course evaluations are taken very seriously – for good and for bad.
I became convinced that our Swedish way of producing short courses is, from a pedagogical point of view, incredibly counterproductive. At Williams College (like in Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin) you work with semester-long courses where knowledge and experiences are built up in an efficient way, instead of being broken down into useless atoms. I have tried raising this issue at Linnaeus University many times, without success – primarily due to inertia in the system and resistance from the student union I believe.
Later on, my stay at Williams College has led to academic collaboration and student exchange – and lasting friendship. It was also a great experience for my family to experience another country and another culture for a longer period of time.