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International collaborations

Publicerad: 03 May 2021
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The Swedish Red Cross University College collaborates with higher education institutions and hospitals in several different countries around the world.

The Florence Network

Established in 1995, Florence Network is one of Europe’s oldest nursing and midwifery networks. The Swedish Red Cross University College has been a member of the Florence Network since the beginning. Our University College was also the initiator of its name.

Today, the network consists of 37 higher educational institutions in 18 European countries. Each country has a maximum of three universities represented. In Sweden, Halmstad University and Malmö University participate along with the Swedish Red Cross University College.

The network’s objective is to connect, communicate, and collaborate to improve the nursing and midwifery professions’ image and improve the quality of European health care. For example:

  • Organise the exchange of students and teachers among Florence Network members
  • Compare curricula and improve the quality of nursing and midwifery education
  • Identifyvcommon nursing and midwifery research interests and develop research collaboration
  • Develop and organise common projects and intensive nursing and midwifery programmes
  • Participate in the implementation of the Bologna Declaration in Europe
  • Obtain accreditation for nursing and midwifery education in Europe
  • Participate in Erasmus + and other programmes
  • Finance projects and dissemination of results

The network meets once a year. Students, teachers, and sometimes principals participate in the conference and the annual meeting.


Röda Korsets Högskola is a member of The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research.

Internship and studies abroad

Outside Europe, the Swedish Red Cross University College has agreements with universities in Tanzania, Colombia, and Japan. We also participate in exchange programmes such as Erasmus+, Linnaeus-Palme and Minor Field Studies. Within the Erasmus+ programme we have agreements with partner universities in Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, France and Spain.

Our international collaborations allow for the nursing programme students to apply for studies abroad both for theoretical courses and work-based education.

The Swedish Red Cross University College has a long-standing collaboration with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) in Moshi, Tanzania.

In Tanzania, we also collaborate with Kolandoto’s Hospital, founded in 1913 and run by the organization “Africa Inland Church Tanzania”. This is a church community that runs several care facilities and field activities.

Machame Hospital, a mission hospital belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, is another partner in Tanzania. German missionaries started Machame Hospital in the late 19th century.


In Japan, we have a partnership with the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing (JRCCN). The College trains nurses and other care staff at both bachelor's and master's level.


The Swedish Red Cross University College also collaborates with Universidad del Magdalena. Here, nursing students have the opportunity to study in the coastal city of Santa Marta in Colombia.

We also offer exchanges in several countries and partner universities in Europe within the European exchange program's framework Erasmus+.

Collaborations within the Erasmus+ framework

Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom

Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Regional Institute of Sanitary and Social Training Rhône-Alpes, Lyon, France

Norwegian Arctic University, Tromsö, Norway

Copenhagen University College, Copenhagen, Denmark


Jenny Cadstedt, international strategist,