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LiU international collaboration in education receives maximum grant from STINT

A new collaboration between LiU and Washington State University (WSU) in the US has been awarded SEK 750,000 from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).

The grant has been made under the Grants for Educational Collaboration Programmes, and will cover a three-year project intended to develop collaboration within education between the two universities, starting in the autumn term of 2021.

Initiative for the project came from Jan Nordström, professor of computational mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at LiU, together with Joseph Iannelli, professor of mechanical engineering and computational mechanics at WSU.

The project will make it possible for 10 LiU students and 10 WSU students to journey together through an academic year, one term to be spent at LiU and one at WSU. They will be offered teaching in the field of computational mathematics.

“We have worked with WSU and Professor Joseph Iannelli during the past year, working with calculations for aerodynamic applications. This collaboration is of general interest, and can be used in most contexts in which advanced technical development and high precision are required. It is particularly useful in the aerospace industry for companies such as Saab and Boeing”, says Jan Nordström, professor of computational mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.

Saab is one of LiU’s strategic partners and Boeing is a strategic partner of WSU. The two international companies have collaborated in delivering the 351 T-7a Red Hawk jet trainer to the American air force.

Both Saab and Boeing are supporting the LiU-WSU collaboration, and will offer study visits, seminars and work on projects. The students will gain experience of international collaboration when working together on various projects, and the term they spend abroad will provide cultural exchange.

This combination of expertise within the field of study, international collaboration and cultural experience will be valuable, with several global challenges that must be solved jointly by organisations and/or countries. 

“This four-way collaboration is unique, and it is extremely positive that STINT has realised how significant it is, and decided to provide financial support”, says Maria Engelmark, director of international affairs at LiU.

The US is one of the geographical regions given priority by LiU, in an initiative that started in January 2021.

For more information contact US coordinator Margareta Alfredson, International Office, LiU.


Karolina Hunter 2021-06-15

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Last updated: 2021-06-15