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International exchange programme
Maria Algerin
Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences
Department of Life Sciences
International Coordinator from Sweden
Email address,
Phone number +46-500-448641


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International exchange programme, School of Biosciences, University of Skövde (UoS), Skövde, Sweden and Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU), Pune, India

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The collaboration between Dr. D.Y. Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute, DPU, Pune, India and School of Biosciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden started for more than 11 years ago and included at that time several different research projects in biotechnology. Since 2014 the collaboration has been extended and is now supported by the Linnaeus-Palme program for exchange of teachers and, in the last period, both teachers and students.

Presentation UoS, Sweden: pdf

Presentation DPU, India: pdf


The School of Bioscience at UoS and Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology &  Bioinformatics Institute (DYPBBI) at Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU) have collaborated for almost eleven years. The collaboration started with a research project between two professors (Prof. Abul Mandal, UoS, and Prof. Neelu Nawani, DPU) and has over the years expanded into both teacher and student exchange. The exchange program has been funded by Linnaeus-Palme through the Swedish Council for Higher education. UoS offers many educational programs in bioscience both at Bachelors and Masters level that are taught fully in English. This means that many of the students attending the programs are international students who mainly come from Asia and countries like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In addition to the teachers’ insights in another education system and foreign culture the exchange program also provides teachers with international experiences that will function as a platform for future collaborations in research and education.

The University of Skövde (UoS) has for many years recognized globalization of higher education as an important move towards worldwide equitable and sustainable development. Hence internationalization in higher education and research is one of the essential elements included in the UoS’s future development plan. The UoS’s mission is to educate top students, administrators and professionals to serve in the economy, politics and administration locally and worldwide. In view of this, the University actively and consciously encourages mobility of students, teachers, researchers and administrative staff in all study programs and at all cycles. UoS is engaged in a variety of international cooperation projects in order to gain new knowledge and experience which will strengthen its work and prepare its students for a world which is becoming increasingly international.

One international partner to UoS is Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth (DPU) situated in Pune, India. The vision of DPU is to excel in all aspects of academic life, so as to make the institute nationally and internationally reputable. The institute also envisions the empowerment of students through imparting of knowledge and skills in biotechnology and bioinformatics and the provision of education of global standards. With international exchange programs, both students and teachers receive an exposure to the education of global standards. These programs strengthen the cooperative efforts of the partner universities in mutually adopting the teaching and evaluation methodologies besides identifying common research interests.

Both the institutes can perfectly complement each other due to similarity in the subjects and program structure under biosciences. The School of Bioscience at UoS and the Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute at DPU offer similar study programs at Bachelor´s and Master´s level, and both have high quality of the given education programs and courses within bioscience especially within Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology. This makes both the teacher and student exchange relevant and possible to accomplish. DPU has introduced advanced laboratory facilities during the last few years and both the Universities offer well equipped and modern laboratories both for student lab practicals, project work and research. The number of teachers and students at the different institutes are also similar in size and the main part of the teaching staff have a PhD.

Besides academics and research, the exchange helps in professional and personal development. The exchanges offer valuable in-service training for language teachers who are able to improve their linguistic skills, update their knowledge of the culture and develop opportunities for their students in terms of correspondence links, student exchanges, joint curriculum projects, work placements and other materials. Teachers can also gain knowledge of new and emerging technologies and provide professional development resources and opportunities for the subsequent generations.

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Project name

International exchange programme School of Biosciences, UoS, Skövde, Sweden and DPU, Pune, India

Project time

The exchange is ongoing and is available for both Bachelor and Master students.

Contact the international coordinators for more information about the exchange programs, course packages offered, selection of attendees and deadlines for application.

Offered 20 weeks course packages  for exchange students (Bachelor level):

UoS: pdf

DPU: pdf

Financial partners

Linnaeus-Palme is an Swedish exchange programme, introduced in May 2000, 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.The programme is administered by the International Programme Office for Education and Training and financed by SIDA, the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency.

The exchange covers two parts:

– Linnaeus scholarships for outbound Swedish participants abroad since it was the custom of Carl von Linné to send his apprentices out into the world in order to gather information.

– Palme scholarships for foreign participants as Prime Minister Olof Palme was deeply involved in the conditions faced by developing countries and their opportunities for development. The underlying idea of mutual co-operation between institutions of higher education will enrich the countries involved and provide a basis for broader partnerships between them.

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Dr DY Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute (DPU)

Project leaders

International exchange coordinator, HS: Dr Maria Algerin, Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences, Department of Life Sciences, Email address, Phone number +46-500-448641

International exchange coordinator, DPU: Dr Neelu Nawani, Professor, Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatcs Institute, Email address


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Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute, DPU


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