List of universities in Sweden

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This list of universities in Sweden is based on the Higher Education Ordinance of 1993 (as amended until January 2006). With few exceptions, all higher education in Sweden is publicly funded.

The Swedish higher education system differentiates between universitet and högskola (university or university college). The universities are research-oriented and may award bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees in all academic fields, whereas the högskolor usually are more focused on applied sciences, and only have limited rights granting doctor's degrees. Note, however, that some universities still call themselves högskola in Swedish, mainly older specialised institutions in engineering and medicine ( for instance Royal Institute of Technology is called "Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan"). Also, both proper universities and högskolor translate their official names to "university" in English, where in the latter case "university college" would be more correct.

Public universities[edit]

The order of precedence is based on their year of establishment as a university. Only Uppsala University (est. 1477[1]) and Lund University (est. 1666[2]) were actually founded as universities, whereas all the other universities were raised from högskola (university college) status to the higher university status after they had been founded.

Two universities founded under Swedish rule, the University of Tartu from 1632 (now in Estonia) and the Royal Academy of Turku from 1640 (later established as University of Helsinki, now in Finland), as well as the University of Greifswald from 1456 (now in Germany but a fief held by Sweden 1631–1806, Swedish 1806-1815), are excluded from the list.

University Established as a university First establishment Student population
(FTE, 2009)[3]
Research grants
(2009, in billion SEK)[4]
Uppsala University 1477 1477 20,450 3.265
Lund University 1666 1666 28,554 3.975
University of Gothenburg 1954 1891 24,900 2.999
Stockholm University 1960 1878 28,200 2.203
Karolinska Institutet 1965 1810 5,500 4.027
Umeå University 1965 1965 15,850 1.977
Royal Institute of Technology 1970 1827 11,950 2.033
Linköping University 1975 1969 17,200 1.516
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 1977 1775 3,600 1.812
Luleå University of Technology 1997 1971 6,350 0.711
Karlstad University 1999 1977 7,750 0.303
Örebro University 1999 1977 8,600 0.342
Mid Sweden University 2005 1993 7,600 0.333
Linnaeus University 2010 1977 15,000 --

Public university colleges[edit]

A Högskola (= university college or college in English) is an institution of higher education, similar to a university but typically smaller. Unlike a full university, a högskola cannot award a doctoral degree (PhD) in all academic fields. However, the Swedish government has granted the right to some högskola to award PhDs in several specific fields. Most of them also have agreement with other universities to conduct joint doctoral programs. Some of the public högskola are:

Högskola Established (as högskola)
University of Borås 1977
Malmö University College 1998
Dalarna University College 1977
University College West 1990
Halmstad University 1983
Mälardalen University College 1977
Blekinge Institute of Technology 1989
Kristianstad University College 1977
University of Skövde 1977
Swedish National Defence College 2008
Gävle University College 1977

Gotland University College (1998 - 2013) was a "högskola" that has now merged with Uppsala university, becoming the Gotland campus of Uppsala university.

Private universities and högskolor[edit]

There are three private institutions of higher education with the right to give post graduate degrees, namely Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Stockholm School of Economics and Jönköping University Foundation.[5]

Rankings[edit]

THE-QS[edit]

Ranking list according to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers tekniska högskola) 110 166 147 197 162 198 - 202 223 202
University of Gothenburg (Göteborgs universitet) - 190 - - 258 185 - 184 193 205
Linköping University (Linköpings universitet) - - - 371 - - - - 340 331
Lund University (Lunds universitet) 171 180 122 106 88 67 - 86 71 67
Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan) 122 196 172 192 173 174 - 180 142 118
Stockholm University (Stockholms universitet) 139 - - 246 239 215 - 178 171 170
Uppsala University (Uppsala universitet) 140 180 111 71 63 75 - 83 81 79
Umeå University (Umeå universitet) - - - - 299 318 - 273 297 289

ARWU[edit]

Ranking list according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities:

University 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Uppsala University 59 74 74 65 66 71 76 66 67
Lund University 93 92 92 90 97 97 - - 109
University of Gothenburg - - - - - - - - 263
Stockholm University - 97 97 84 86 86 88 79 81
Karolinska Institute 39 46 46 48 53 51 50 42 44
Umeå University - 248 252 253 256 256 252 249 247

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