Representatives from Nordic Institutions

Daniel Edquist.
Head of Unit at The Swedish Council for higher education and deputy director for the Erasmus+ National Agency in Sweden.
The Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Daniel Edquist have been working as Head of unit and deputy director responsible for the Erasmus+ (the European programme for cooperation in education) in Sweden for three years. Before that, he has a background as headmaster at an upper secondary school and have been working with Internationalisation in the educational sector in Sweden both in at national level in at a national Agency and at upper secondary schools. He started his career after graduating from Uppsala University as upper secondary school teacher in Politics and History.

What the Swedish Council for Higher Education does (UHR): processes and coordinates admissions to most higher education courses and programmes in Sweden. Is responsible for producing the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test. It also decides the results of the test. Supports the work of higher education institutions in increasing diversity, promoting equal rights and pportunities in higher education and combating discrimination. UHR evaluates foreign upper-secondary, post-secondary and academic qualifications and compares them to Swedish qualifications. This work helps people with foreign education to apply for jobs in Sweden or to apply for Swedish higher education. Provides people within the Swedish education sector with opportunities for participation in international exchanges and cooperation. UHR provides information about higher education, works with career and study guidance counsellors and provides inspiration about higher education. UHR is responsible for the operation of several major administrative IT systems that are used in higher education, e.g. the national admissions system (800,000 applications for higher education every year).

Samu Seitsalo.
Director of the Department for Internationalization Services.
The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI).

Mr. Samu Seitsalo (MBA) has been working on internationalization of the Finnish society for over 20 years, starting from the early 1990s and preparations for Finnish membership in the EU when he was heading an NGO campaigning for Finland´s membership in the European Union. He is currently the Director of the Department for Internationalization Services at the Finnish National Agency for Education, a Finnish government organization developing education and lifelong learning and promoting internationalization in education, youth and sports. His long experience has given him a broad understanding of education in Finland and its comparative strengths.

Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI
The Finnish National Agency for Education is a development agency operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture. We are responsible for developing education and lifelong learning as well as promoting internationalisation. Please find further information on EDUFI, operating under the administrative sector of the Ministry of Education and Culture, at website Culture

Malin Larsson.
Regional Advisor for the Americas.
Swedish Institute.

Regional Advisor for the Americas at the Swedish Institute where she focuses on efforts in Latin America. She has worked at the Swedish Institute since 2013 with a wide range of issues within higher education and development cooperation towards Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Malin has a background working with internationalisation at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and has spent a significant time studying, working and travelling in Latin America. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Uppsala University (Sweden) and a minor in Latin American studies from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency with a staff of approximately 140 employees, with offices in Stockholm and Paris. Our commitment is to gain knowledge and understanding of different cultures, their people, and to promote Sweden and Swedish issues globally. The Swedish Institute helps Sweden reach various international goals concerning foreign policy, education, international aid and development.
SI promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world and seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in different fields. The work with Sweden’s image abroad and our activities in international development cooperation go hand in hand. The overarching goal is to create mutual relationships with other countries around the world.
SI awards scholarships to promote and develop good, lasting relationships, exchanges and networks with people and institutions in other countries. SI also awards grants for international collaborative projects to promote human rights and democracy.

Guðlaug Matthildur Jakobsdóttir. 
Head of International Office. 
Reykjavik University.

She has a Master in Cultural Management and BA in French. She has been working in the International Office of Reykjavík University since 2011 and has been the head of the office since 2014. Her main responsibilities are supervision of the exchange of students and staff, Erasmus+ Inter Institutional Agreements and Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility applications and administration.

Reykjavik University is Iceland´s largest private university and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes, taught in four schools:
School of Business, School of Computer Science, School of Science and Engineering and School of Law. RU also hosts a number of research institutes, which span the continuum from theoretical foundations to innovative applications. The University study programmes are designed in close collaboration with industry to ensure they are up to date with latest developments in the rapidly changing areas of engineering, computing, business and law.

  • Commitment to high academic standards and research excellence
  • Innovative, applied learning approach in real world context
  • Interactive, small classes
  • Outstanding, modern facilities
  • Unique relations with industry and public institutions

Andreas Gothenberg.
Executive Director STINT STINT.
STINT Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.

Dr. Andreas Gothenberg was appointed Executive Director of STINT in 2009. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996 and 2003, respectively. From 2006 until 2009 he was a Science and Technology Attaché at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan. Previous to that he was working as a Center Manager and Senior Researcher in China, setting up joint research and education centers for KTH Royal Institute of Technology at Zhejiang University and Fudan University. He has been a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also been with Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, was set up by the Swedish Government in 1994 with the mission to internationalize Swedish higher education and research.
STINT promotes knowledge and competence development within internationalization and invests in internationalization projects proposed by researchers, educators and leaderships at Swedish universities.
STINT promotes internationalization as an instrument to:

– Enhance the quality of research and higher education
– Increase the competitiveness of universities
– Strengthen the attractiveness of Swedish universities

STINT’s mission is to encourage renewal within internationalization through new collaboration forms and new partners. For example, STINT invests in young researchers’ and teachers’ international collaborations. Moreover, STINT’s ambition is to be a pioneer in establishing strategic cooperation with emerging countries in research and higher education.

Kajsa Ekroos.
Senior Planning Officer, Project Coordinator of FinCEAL+ – Finnish University Partnership for International Development.

Kajsa is an international project management professional. Since 2013, she has been in charge of FinCEAL+, a national initiative that supports research and innovation cooperation between Finland and Latin American and Caribbean countries. Kajsa has several years of work experience in international cooperation projects in both academia and the private sector, in a variety of topics: science, technology and innovation cooperation and EU-CELAC STI policy, as well as internationalization of SMEs´ and intercultural competences. Her study background includes a M.A. degree in Intercultural Communication and Latin American Studies and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

The Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) is a partnership network between 9 Finnish Universities, established in 2002. UniPID aims to strengthen and advance interdisciplinary education, research and societal impact of universities on global development. Since 2013, UniPID has coordinated the FinCEAL+ project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. FinCEAL+ (Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa, Asia and the LAC region) supports cooperation in science, technology and innovation between Finland and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The main activities of FinCEAL+ are awarding small-scale grants to Finnish researchers, organizing thematic networking events in Finland and the LAC region, participating in EU-CELAC science policy dialogues, as well as gathering and disseminating information to the Finnish scientific community on cooperation possibilities and funding opportunities with the LAC region.
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Miguel Cornejo Herrera.
Regional Manager Latinoamérica.
LUND University.

Miguel Cornejo Herrera is since 2009 the Lund University coordinator for all strategic university wide engagements towards Latin America (Universities, Funding agencies and National authorities) at the External Relations Office. Miguel also holds the position of secretary for the Lund University Latin American Strategic committee. Furthermore, Miguel has been project manager for several Erasmus Mundus projects towards Latin America and is currently managing projects within Erasmus+. For the ACCESS-project ( between Sweden and Chile Miguel is the project leader.

Lund University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world. We tackle complex problems and global challenges and work to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. We provide education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics and management, medicine, humanities, theology, fine art, music and drama. Our 42,000 students and 7,400 employees are based at our campuses in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. The University has a turnover of around SEK 8 billion (EUR 800 million), of which two thirds is in research and one third in education. We are an international university with global recruitment. We cooperate with 600 partner universities in over 70 countries and are the only Swedish university to be a member of the strong international networks LERU (the League of European Research Universities) and Universitas 21. Two of the world’s foremost research facilities for materials research and life sciences are established in Lund – the synchrotron radiation facility MAX IV, which was inaugurated in June 2016, and the European Spallation Source (ESS) which will feature the world’s most powerful neutron source when it opens for research in 2023.

Prof. Carl-Gustaf Jansson.
Director of the KTH ICT Research Platform
KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Carl Gustaf Jansson is professor of Artificial Intelligence at KTH. Civil Engineer Degree in Engineering Physics at KTH in 1975 and a PhD in Technical Computer Science at KTH in 1986. Instrumental in the development of one of the 5 year M.Sc. programs at KTH: Computer engineering in 1985. Deputy Head of Department for the Dept. for Computer and Information Sciences (KTH and SU) for a 10 year period. Cofounder and Director for the center for Cognitive Engineering (KTH and SU) and its Director 1990-1995. Served on the boards for two National Swedish Graduate Schools: Telecommunications (PCC) and Human Machine Interaction (HCI) 1991-1995. Responsible for the development of a new 5 year M. Sc. in Information Technology (1999). Conference chair for IJCAI-99. Member of the Board of KTH for one period. Vice Dean, Chairman of Graduate Studies and Chairman of Recruitment Committee of the KTH ICT School: 2005-2014. Director for the EIT Digital Master School: 2011-2016. Director of the KTH ICT Research Platform 2009- present. EIT Digital Senior Advisor for academic affairs 2016-present. Head of the Mobile Service research lab, IC-school: 2016-present. He has published and supervised more than 30 PhD students in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Applied Logic and HCI.

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation.

We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge. KTH has 10 schools and 5 research platforms: ICT, Transport, Energy, Materials and Life Science. The Annual turnover for KTH is 4900 k SEK, external funding for research is 1600 k SEK, governmental funding for research is 1200 k SEK and governmental funding for undergraduate studies is 1100 k SEK. KTH has 3600 full time employees, 310 professors and 290 associate/assistant professors. KTH has an international education environment with 1800 post graduate student, 13000 undergraduate students, 2600 new 5 year engineer students/year and 2500 new master level students/year. KTH has a strong local innovation system, including internal units like KTH Innovation, KTH Business Liaison and external like Stockholm Innovation & Growth (STING) + EIT KICs. KTH has a good collaboration with Swedish Research Institutes.

Timo Juntunen.
Director, Global Education Services
JAMK University of Applied Sciences.

Timo Juntunen [M.Soc.Sc.], Director of Global Education Services has worked more than ten years in the field of exporting the Finnish knowhow in education and training. Prior to his current position Juntunen has act as CEO of a company delivering international development consultancy services. Besides, he has been project manager and consultant in regional and national education export cluster building processes, and has been writing handbooks for education exporters.

In addition, private-public partnerships, customer relations management in higher and vocational education, and commercialization of university knowledge belong to his key competence areas. As to this area, Juntunen has act Manager of RDI at the School of ICT (JAMK University) between 2000 and 2004, and coordinator of European Union Affairs at JAMK and Jyväskylä Adult Education Centre. He has been in charge of leading quality management system design processes in universities regarding integration of RDI and projects into the quality management systems. Between 2003 and 2004 in national and international clustering projects in the field of ICT.

Management of project-based organizations, project portfolio and project management constitute his third key competence area. He has been in management positions of project based organization

JAMK  is one of best universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Finland. It has been awarded more performance‐based funding by the Ministry of Education and Culture than any other university of applied sciences in Finland.
JAMK is a multidisciplinary higher education institution with four educational units; Schools of Business, Health and Social Studies and Technology and Teacher Education College, about 8500 students and 710 staff members. It is established in 1992 and granted a permanent license in 1997, which was renewed in 2014.

JAMK offers Bachelor and Master’s programmes, open studies, continuing education, tailored training courses, expert services based on the needs of the working life. The implementation of high‐quality education is based on modern concept of pedagogy, which assumes that both teachers and learners have versatile roles as developers.

In addition, JAMK carries out RDI activities to create solutions, products, and innovations that can directly benefit the working life. JAMK coordinates or participates in approximately 120 RDI projects on a yearly basis. The volume of RDI operations was MEUR 9.1 in year 2014.

Internationalisation is one of the three profiles in JAMK’s strategy together with quality of learning and entrepreneurship. In 2013, JAMK received the Erasmus Award for Excellence for being the most international university in Europe based on staff exchange. Within the focus areas of Renewable competitiveness, Innovative learning, Cybersecurity, Well‐being of families and the promotion of health and Resource‐wise Bioeconomy, JAMK develops its own competencies and connects itself strongly to the development of the region.

Catrine Åkerblom.
Desk officer for the Linnaeus-Palme Programme.
Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR)cation.

Catrine Åkerblom is working at the Department for International Cooperation as a desk officer since 2014. She is mainly working with the Linnaeus-Palme programme – an exchange programme for teaching staff and students at bachelor’s and master’s level. The aim of the Linnaeus-Palme program is to give the participants new international experiences and to increase their knowledge of global issues.

Catrine Åkerblom has a master’s degree in International relations, which includes one semester of studies of modern, Latin-American history in Mexico City. Her master’s thesis is based on fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon, assessing local initiatives to reach sustainable development. Welcome to talk to her about international cooperation in English or Spanish.

Linnaeus-Palme is an Swedish exchange programme, for teachers and students at undergraduate and master’s level of higher education and aims at strengthening co-operation between institutions of higher education in Sweden and developing countries and thereby increasing global contacts in the world of higher education.

Adriana Benítez Ferreira.
Director of Organization and Strategic Planning.
European Institute of International Studies.

The European Institute for international Studies (EIIS) is a center for research and education in international relations: diplomacy, global governance, sustainable development and economic growth. Our mission is to prepare leaders with a positive action to make difference in the building of a better world. The EIIS offers its students an integral education with values and principles that will serve in their professional life, as well as to assume their social responsibilities.

On the other hand, the EIIS has among its objectives to provide academic research and programs to serve key decision makers from the public and private sectors. It also offers an independent forum for dialogue among international organizations, foreign ministries and academic institutions, effectively supporting the development of mutually beneficial solutions for key issues.

EIIS prides itself on being the founding member of the Iber-Euro-America Consortium, a joint initiative in which more than 31 universities and academic institutions from all over Europe and the Americas. The Consortium counts with the support, as members and strategic partners, of the European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation (EULAC), Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB) and is a member of the Bi-regional Academic Council of the Permanent Academic Forum European Union- Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prof. Jorge Moreno López. Professor in Virology.
Dept of Biomedicine and Veterinary Public Health.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

He has worked with Linnaeus-Palme with projects for academic exchanges between the University (SLU) and universities in Peru, Brazil, China and Ecuador. Previously, as a FAO expert for Latin America, he worked with Paraguay in areas related to the diagnosis of animal diseases. He has interest to establish contact with representatives or researchers in the area of animal health.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, has its main locations in Uppsala, Umeå and Alnarp SLU develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources.  This is achieved by research, education and environmental monitoring and assessment, in collaboration with the surrounding community. Overall strategic objectives:

  • SLU is an attractive and stimulating workplace for our current and future employees.
  • SLU is an attractive university for students and offers courses and programmes of high quality with societal relevance.
  • SLU’s researchers have good access to research infrastructure which gives the opportunity for ground-breaking, excellent research.
  • SLU’s collaboration will benefit society and be appreciated by stakeholders while the quality of our education, research and EMA will be raised.
  • Employees and students will have knowledge of and feel commitment to SLU’s activities, and take joint responsibility for developing activities.

Norwegian Consul to Paraguay,
Mr. Cristian Cibils in representation of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and The Research Council Norway(NFR)

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) is a Norwegian public sector agency that promotes international cooperation at all levels of education. The organisation is also responsible for promoting Norway as a cooperation- and study destination. SIU has a national role as a leader in internationalisation work for the entire education ector. SIU’s activities shall better enable individuals, institutions and businesses to take part in international cooperation and to meet a globalised society and labour market.

The Research Council of Norway serves as the chief advisory body for the government authorities on research policy issues, and distributes roughly NOK nine billion to research and innovation activities each year. The Research Council works to promote international cooperation and increase participation in the EU framework programme on research and innovation. The Research Council creates meeting places and provides a platform for dialogue between researchers, users of research and research funders.

Representatives from Paraguayan institutions


Cynthia Filártiga Lacroix.
Director of International Cooperation.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paraguay.

Jazmín Ayala Roa.
Chargé D´Affaires, Embassy of Paraguay to Sweden, Finland,
Norway and Denmark.

José Manuel Silvero Arévalos.
Director General of Postgraduate and International Relations.
Universidad Nacional de Asunción.

Nelson Federico Mora Peralta.
General Coordinator of the National Scholarship Program “Don Carlos Antonio López”.

Coordinator National Researcher Incentive Program PRONII – CONACYT – National Council for Science and Technology.

Daniel Pérez. Director General.
Center for Research and Educational Innovation of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC).

Director General for ICT in Education and Digital Inclusion.
National Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies (SENATICs).