The NU programme (Online Education for International Positioning) is an opportunity for universities to develop and implement internationally competitive online courses. The aim is to contribute to the profiling and positioning of the universities strong teaching and research environments.

How NU contributes to the development of Integrated Research and Education Environments:

Developing online courses designed in close collaboration with the business sector provides the opportunity to offer business-relevant courses for both working professionals as well as Swedish and international students. This way, strong research and education environments can become important academic partners for companies within relevant industries, and offer attractive courses for students.

About the programme

The programme relates to development and implementation of online courses that are internationally viable. The aim is to promote the international positioning of the strong education and research environments at the university through support for the development of online master’s-level and doctorate-level specialist courses. Courses developed must also have a concentration that corresponds to the needs of the business sector, as well as promote pedagogical development of online education.

The programme’s contribution to the university’s development

Universities currently face increased competition, where profiling of research and higher education constitutes a prerequisite to assert themselves in the face of global competition. Online course offerings provide an opportunity for the universities to position their strong educational and research environments nationally and internationally. Courses should be developed in collaboration with companies, which provides the universities with good insight into the knowledge needs of the business sector. Furthermore, it is important that courses at the master’s level with strong connections to the business sector strengthen the conditions for recruitment of students nationally and internationally.

The programme’s contribution to business sector development

Through their participation, companies can be part of forming course content and design so that the content is of topical interest for the business sector. This ensures relevance for business and strengthens the conditions for a proper competence supply in the business sector, which is a requirement for companies’ development and long-term ability to compete. It is also an opportunity for the business sector to strengthen its relationships with the university and thus expand collaboration in both research and education.

Programme design

The funds from the Knowledge Foundation should be used for the development and implementation of online courses at second and/or third-cycle levels.The application may comprise a maximum of 15 credits The maximum funding from the Knowledge Foundation is 100 000 SEK per credit (in total maximum of 1,5 million SEK per application)The project duration should be 1-2 years. n addition to the current research and education environment at the university, companies, and eventual trade associations (or equivalent), must participate in the development process to ensure relevance for the business sector.

Who can apply, and how it works

Sweden’s university colleges and new universities may apply. The applicant organisation must be a university with degree-awarding powers(master’s degrees or higher) for the subject area addressed by the application.
• The programme issues calls for proposals annually, in autumn. Applications must be registered via the Ansök & rapportera portal.

Petter Zirath
Programme Manager for Avans, NU and Targeted call for competence development in the business sector
073-712 81 35
Birgitta Olsson
Secretary to the CEO and Programme Administrator
073-712 81 12