Malmö: stronger cooperation regarding sustainable development

Sweden’s third largest city of Malmö, led by mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, has signed a new collaboration agreement with Malmö University. The new agreement aims to structure and deepen the existing cooperation between the two parties and specifically highlights the area of sustainable urban development. 

Andreas Norbrant, the Municipal manager of the City of Malmo, stated: “I am happy about the new cooperation agreement. It clarifies and concretizes our common responsibility to ensure long-term cooperation between us. The collaboration agreement also strengthens the opportunities to act jointly both locally and regionally as well as in national and international contexts.” 

The new agreement will be in force until 2024 and it features four fields targeted as main areas in which the two partners are looking for stronger cooperation. Regarding sustainable urban development, the agreement highlights the need for education and research in a fight against climate changes. 

Additionally, the two partners pledged to keep working together in the areas of healthcare and welfare, social services, schools, migration and integration. Both sides will also commit to making Malmö an attractive city to live, study and work in. Furthermore, the agreement acknowledges the importance of lifelong education. 

“Malmo University and the City of Malmo face common and global societal challenges that we handle better together than separately. Through the new agreement, we can continue to work to ensure that research-based knowledge is useful in society in general and in Malmö as a city,” said Kerstin Tham, Rector of Malmo University. 

For several years, the City of Malmö and Malmö University have partnered in areas such as research, education, and culture. Malmö University plays a critical part in the battle against climate change and is one of 37 Swedish higher education institutions that have joined the Climate Framework.

Malmö University’s environmental goals for 2021–2022 focuses on seven areas: climate impact, real estate, waste and chemicals, sustainable procurement and indirect environmental impact from purchasing, competence development, collaboration partners and students, research and doctoral education.


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