International cooperation

Adult education in Sundsvall has, among other things, raised the issue of being able to see its own activities in a global perspective


The goal of our activity is to prove engagement and participation in various EU projects, and that we over time can be able to provide an international approach that benefits the business target group – the students. Carriers of such development are our school leaders and educators who through active participation in foreign-based vocational education can be supervisors, mentors and messengers to our entire organization.

Political management has expressed strong support for the school’s international policy and the effects it can give on business development and increased professional skills. The school’s headings for internationalization contain a number of main areas, and in 2018 is vocational education focused in: digital tools (ICT), culture (intercultural skills) and gender equality (integration / inclusion / motivation) as well as vocational training for students in different vocational programs.

Our international cooperation concerns the following areas of action:


Knowledge and experience exchange
Through increased international cooperation, adult education will enable students and staff to exchange more and more knowledge and experience about educational forms of education, cultural similarities and differences, social conditions for lifelong learning, and also gaining a better understanding of study conditions for adults and young people in other countries.

Meetings between educators create networks and exchanges where experiences and knowledge can be spread, developed and adapted to their own activities. The school wants to create opportunities for professional knowledge and experience exchanges for school leaders and educators in the areas of Swedish for immigrants, special education, ICT and community-oriented topics.

Business development
The activities in adult education in Sundsvall have, with the participation in international cooperation, been given a new dimension.
School leaders, educators and other staff collaborate and participate in processes concerning changing and improved work routines and working methods, all to facilitate school work for school students and to enhance their goal achievement. Staff will be ”messengers” for new educational, cultural and administrative proposals on business development in all our different areas of activity.
The school actively participates in a project-collaboration with four other countries where the aim is to find new teaching models and to increase the use of digital aids. This has resulted in some of our planned vocational programs focusing on ICT.

Integration and diversity
During the three years that Adult Education has worked with its international policy document, it has created many positive effects in areas such as languages, culture and knowledge acquisition. After this short period of time, the school’s staff have managed to create the conditions for successfully receiving an increase in the number of pupils with foreign descent and creating educational environments and forms of cooperation that benefit all students in our areas of activity. New participants in internationally-developed competence development provide new influences and new experiences that help keep school and its activities in a positive direction. Staff now use more digital tools, which both facilitate learning and bridge language barriers.



Annette Gradin