Internationalisation

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The international profile of JIBS is captured by the guiding principle describing our culture: “International at heart”.

Faculty

35% of JIBS core faculty were born outside of Sweden, representing 12 different nations, and 51% of our doctoral students are non-Swedish. Many faculty members have substantial additional international experience, for example from teaching exchanges, international degree studies and sabbaticals spent abroad.

During 2012, 45 JIBS teachers participated in international teaching courses.

During the academic year 2011-12, 13 JIBS teachers participated in 3-weeks teaching exchanges within the Linnaeus-Palme programme and 7 teachers participated in Erasmus teaching exchanges.

Our graduating PhD students and post docs have been employed for example at Queensland University in Australia, Bocconi in Italy, Nankai University in China, ESADE in Spain, Tsinghua University in China and Copenhagen Business School.

Students

In JIBS bachelor programmes 19-41% come from other countries than Sweden. In JIBS master programmes this number is between 71-95%.

With the exception of the one-year master programmes, students of all undergraduate and master programmes have the possibility to study abroad for at least one semester. A large majority of JIBS students make use of that opportunity. During the academic year 2013-2014,  280 students went abroad to study at one of JIBS partner universities for either one or two semesters.

In the academic year 2013/2014 JIBS admitted 314 exchange students. These students came from approximately 40 different countries. Most of the exchange students stay at JIBS for one semester and participate in the regular courses offered within JIBS programmes.

JIBS’ network of exchange partners comprises approximately 180 universities and/or business schools from approximately 40 countries. JIBS conducts an annual review of its exchange partners to assure that students attend high quality partner institutions that offer an academic fit to their programme of study, but also to ensure a good balance of exchange and facilitate diversity among JIBS’ student population.   

After finishing their studies, many JIBS programme students embark on international careers by moving to third countries (i.e. not back to their home countries), and for Swedish students the prospect of an international career is an important reason for choosing to study at JIBS in the first place.

Programmes

JIBS undergraduate and master programmes are all internationally-oriented, with the intention to prepare students for an international career. In addition, the education at JIBS is delivered completely in English, except for a selection of courses that focus on Swedish law and accounting standards. This means that all programmes except the Civilekonom (leading to a Swedish degree) are open for international applicants.

Strategic alliances

We offer a dual degree MSc programme in International Business Development in cooperation with Moscow State University. In addition, Memorandums of understandings have been signed with several other universities across the world to develop joined programmes.

We deliver annual courses in International Management and International Marketing for the German Steinbeis University. In addition, we offer International Summer Courses in Family Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Logistics.

In an alliance with the large Swedish export agencies, students in one master-level course are teamed up with regional SMEs to help them develop an internationalization plan.

International partners

In 2012, JIBS embarked on a five-year project to develop two doctoral programmes, in business administration and economics, together with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. This project has been made possible thanks to an agreement with Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, worth almost € 1.74 million. Higher education is seen as crucial for Africa’s growth and poverty reduction. However, African countries lack qualified domestic university teachers. The collaboration between JIBS and Addis Ababa University means that the doctoral students receive training in Ethiopia. Researchers from JIBS will regularly travel to Addis Ababa to teach and supervise the students. This project is an example of JIBS’ attempts to be responsible not only to the surrounding society, but also with international scope.


Content updated 2017-01-11






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