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  • December 1, 2016, 2-4 pm: Medieval Studies at Illinois and Stockholm University: A Collaboration, Kurt Villads Jensen, Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, Nanouschka Myrberg Burström, Alexandra Petrulevich, SU, Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building

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Storage of nuclear fuel in precambrian bedrock

In June 2016, seven students from the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering participated in the course Elements of the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Geological Storage in Precambrian Bedrock, offered by the Division of Reactor Physics at KTH. The course, in its fourth iteration as a collaboration between KTH and Illinois and several other international institutions, also included lectures by Prof. William Roy and field work at the Äspö underground waste storage laboratory near the Oskarshamn nuclear facility in southern Sweden. For the Illinois students, this study abroad experience was part of their credit work for NPRE 498 Spent Nuc Fuel Storage Bedrock.

Undergraduate exchange with Karolinska Institutet

Starting in Spring 2016, undergraduate students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are able to participate in a reciprocal exchange program with the Divisions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Karolinska Institutet, taking courses on speech disorders and dysphagia, phonetic transcription, and community/home-based rehabilitation.

View a video interview with a recent participant:


New Kungstenen Scholarship recipient

Samantha MorrowSamantha Morrow is the 2016 recipient of the Kungstenen Foundation scholarship for enrollment in one of 75 two-year, English-language Master's programs offered in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences at Stockholm University.

Read a recent interview with Samantha Morrow

The Kungstenen Scholarship, specifically designated for a recent U of I graduate, has a total value of $56k to cover tuition and living expenses.

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


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.

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.

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 2016, 2015, 2014 programs. (see also the European Union Center blog for entries from 2013 and 2012.)

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