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Southern African-Nordic Centre

Linnaeus University is a member of SANORD since 2019 - a network committed to advancing academic collaboration between universities in the Nordic and the Southern African regions. 

The network provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and experience and partnership in research, education and collaboration and has about approximately 40 members in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mocambique, Zambia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. 

Linnaeus University has bilateral agreements with following member universities in the south:

  • North-West University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Wester Cape

Contact persona for SANORD at Linnaeus University is Lena Kulmala, Office of external relations.

How to engage with SANORD?

Doctoral student, teacher, researcher

A small grant for research collaboration is announced annually. To apply, the research team must consist of participants from at least three of the networks member institutions.

SANORD organizes a yearly conference. All network members are invited to present, participate in panels, or engage in special interest groups.

The 2022 annual conference will be arranged by Limpopo University in South Africa during December 5-7th. 

Doctoral students from all member institutions are invited to participate in the 3MT competition where young researchers have three minutes to pitch their thesis. The prize is free participation in the SANORD conference and presenting the research to the wider SANORD-network. More information about 3MT on SANORD website. 


Students from the Nordic member institutions can apply for an internship at the SANORD central office, hosted by University of the Western Cape in South Africa. International Centre offers a grant to cover travel costs to and from Cape Town. The call for interns for 2021 will open during autumn 2020.

Masters students from member institutions i Southern Africa can apply for Brian O’ Connell Scholarship to study in a Nordic member institution.

Read more about SANORD 

SANORD Strategy 2022