This page has a little more information about the purpose of the Linnaeus-Palme Partnership.

Long-term cooperation

The Linnaeus-Palme Partnership allows Swedish universities to apply for grants for the development of partnerships with universities in low and middle-income countries. Grants from the programme provide the opportunity to offer coordinated teacher and student exchanges that strengthen the university’s capacity and strategic internationalisation work. One expected result is that teachers and students develop an interest in and ability to contribute to the 2030 Agenda. People with other roles at the university can also participate in activities to meet mutual needs for development. It is also possible to apply for funding for other activities outside the exchanges.

International experience and higher quality

The Linnaeus-Palme Programme aims to strengthen partnerships between Swedish universities and universities in low and middle-income countries, to contribute to developing capacity in departments and to widen interest in cooperation for development among young people. In addition, UHR also strives for international exchanges and partnerships that will contribute to raising the quality of education.

Linnaeus and Palme

The programme has two parts – Linnaeus and Palme. The first part, Linnaeus, is for Swedish teachers and students, while Palme is for teachers and students in partner countries.


The mutual benefit, both academic and in terms of experience, must be the focus of the projects that receive grants. This means that the cooperation must be equal in its character, even if the available resources may differ between the Linnaeus and Palme universities. The project must utilise both parties’ specific expertise. 


UHR is responsible for Linnaeus-Palme. The programme is funded by Sida as part of the strategy for capacity development, partnership and methods that support the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development 2018–2022.

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This is a report on the effects of Linnaeus-Palme:

Internationalisation through the Linnaeus-Palme programme