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Available support for teacher exchange

Stockholm University is the recipient of an International Credit Mobility award from the European Union in support of short-term exchange (5-14 days) with Illinois of one faculty member from each campus. Participants are required to engage in at least 8 hours of in-person instruction per week during each visit. Grant money in support of such exchange must be expended by October 15, 2016.

Illinois faculty who are interested in participating should contact their collaborators or the head of relevant academic departments at Stockholm University for further information.

INSPIRE wins 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award

On January 26, the Institute of International Education announced the winners of the 2016 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the INSPIRE partnership was selected as the winner in the category for International Partnerships, in recognition of "strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts."

Read the IIE press release

Read about INSPIRE on the IIE site

Marie-Sklodowska Curie Awardee based at Illinois

Dr. Zhu Diao of the SU Department of Physics is the winner of a SEK 5.8M Marie-Sklodowska Curie International Career Grant funded by the European Commission and the Swedish Research Council for the project Experimental Thermo-Magnonics: Coupling Heat Currents with Magnon Excitations in Nanostructured Magnetic Insulators. Dr. Zhu will spend the first two years of the three-year project in Urbana, working with Prof. David Cahill in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and will then return to Stockholm University for the final year of the grant.

Scholarship opportunity for Master's level studies at Stockholm University

The Kungstenen Foundation in Stockholm has committed funds for a scholarship to cover tuition and living expenses at a total value of $56k for an Illinois student who is accepted into one of 75 two-year, English-language Master's programs offered in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences at Stockholm University.

To be eligible for the Kungstenen Scholarship, a student must be in the final year of a Bachelor's degree at the U of I or a recent graduate. The application deadline for Stockholm University Master's programs is January 15, 2016. A Scholarship motivation statement must be sent to tuitionfeescholarship@su.se by February 1, 2016.

View the detailed instructions for the Kungstenen Scholarship.

Michael NelsonMichael Nelson, an M.A. student in European Union Studies was the recipient of the first Kungstenen Scholarship from Stockholm University in 2014.

Listen to an interview with Michael from 2014

View a recent interview with Michael from Stockholm University


Innovation Immersion Program

The Innovation Immersion Program (IIP) was founded in 2012 by group of MBA students at Illinois under the advisorship of Dr. Rob Valli. Since then, IIP has grown to become an international, student, fee-based consulting organization with chapters at KTH (where it forms a key component of the INSPIRE partnership), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, UNIST in South Korea, and in Taiwan and Israel.

View a video of the IIP Spring 2015 convention in Stockholm:


New NSF Engineering Research Center

On October 15, 2015, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova officially launched the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), an $18.5M Engineering Research Center based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center, which is a collaboration with Howard University, Stanford University, and the University of Arkansas, includes KTH Royal Institute of Technology as one of two international partners. The relationship with KTH builds on INSPIRE-funded exchange of faculty, research staff, and students.

Follow this link for photos from the launch

Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

The innovative summer course Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic brings together faculty and students from KTH and Illinois to pursue interdisciplinary studies in Arctic resource management, geopolitics, indigenous culture, geology, and climate change.

Follow this link for the KTH course site

In this intensive five-week program, program participants learn about issues related to climate change and human presence in the Arctic from interdisciplinary perspectives.  UIUC students participate together with students from KTH-Royal Institute of Technology and spend two weeks in the Arctic. In 2015, field sites were located in Northern Sweden, with time spent in Kiruna, followed by a stay in the Swedish mountains at the Tarfala Research Station, and ending with a stay at the Abisko Research Station near Lake Torne Träsk.

View blog posts describing the 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 programs.

View the following video describing the 2012 program:

View an additional short video from the 2012 program

What's up with INSPIRE?

View an archive of 2016 INSPIRE-related activities

View an archive of 2015 INSPIRE-related activities

View an archive of 2014 INSPIRE-related activities

View an archive of 2013 INSPIRE-related activities

View an archive of 2012 INSPIRE-related activities