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Will travel bans lead to more internationalized classrooms?

A large digital sign next to a highway. The sign says "Avoid travel. Stay at home. Beat Covid-19."

Universities all over the world have closed their campuses and turned to digital teaching solutions. Even though students are stuck at home, the new environment may have advantages over the conventional academic setting.

Martin Joormann, Postdoc at the Sociology of Law Department, represents Lund University in VirtualLAS, a digital teaching project, involving universities in five countries, initiated at the University College Freiburg in Germany. The project has a strong internationalization angel, and the teaching will focus on teamwork, intercultural competencies, and student-instructor dialogue.

The aim is to create international, digital learning environments that offers “academic collaboration that far exceed the geographical, political, and social boundaries of traditional teaching and learning.”

Together with lecturers at universities in Poland and Germany, Joormann will teach on the course 'European Union Rising up to Current Challenges', where he will teach on migration in Europe under the theme of 'the future of mobility and open borders'.

“The main difference for the students will probably be that it is researchers and lecturers from four different European universities – Freiburg, Krakow, Torun, and Lund – who will hold lectures and seminars,” he says.


There are still spots open for LU-students interested in listening in on lectures and seminars (audit based, so without the possibility of attaining academic credits). Visit VirtualLAS’s website and click on “European Union Rising up to Current Challenges” for more information.

Visit Martin Joormann’s personal page for his contact information.


The German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) International Virtual Academic Collaboration Program funds VirtualLAS.

Martin Joormann

Martin Joormann completed his PhD at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University, in 2019. He recently completed working on the edited book ‘Refugees and the Violence of Welfare Bureaucracies in Northern Europe‘. Moreover, Martin Joormann serves as editor and peer reviewer for several international journals. He is currently conducting research for his VR International Postdoc (2020-2023), based at the Sociology of Law Department.