Malmö University

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Malmö University
Malmö högskola
Malmö University English Logo.png

Där mångfald gör skillnad
(Where diversity makes

the difference)
Established 1998
Type Public
Vice Chancellor Prof. Stefan Bengtsson
Administrative staff
1,602 total (2012)[1]
Students 12.583 (FTE, 2012)[2]
450 doctoral students (2011)
Location Malmö, Scania, Sweden Sweden
Campus Urban

Malmö University or Malmö University College[3] (Swedish: Malmö högskola) is a Swedish university college that was founded in 1998 and is located in Malmö, Sweden.[4] With more than 24,000 students and about 1,600 employees (academic and administrative), Malmö University is the ninth largest institute of learning in Sweden.[5] It has exchange agreements with more than 240 partner universities around the world and roughly a third of the students have an international background.[5] Education at Malmö University focuses on, among other things, migration, sustainability, urban studies, and new media and technology. It often includes elements of internship and project work in close cooperation with external actors.

Located at Universitetsholmen in the centre of the city, the university has played an important role in the transformation of Malmö from an industrial town to a centre of learning.[6] A large part of the campus was constructed on grounds which, up to the mid-1980s, belonged to the Kockums shipyard, which had been a key element of naval-industrial Malmö.

The building Orkanen contains the library.
Malmö is located in the province of Scania in the south of Sweden

Quality of education[edit]

In 2007, by government initiative, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education employed an international expert committee to find and award the top five highest quality education areas among all universities and colleges in Sweden. The Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University was awarded one of these distinctions ("Centre of Excellence in Higher Education"). The other awards went to Linköping University (Medicine and Control Theory/Vehicle Engineering), Royal Institute of Technology (Vehicle Engineering), and Umeå University (History).[7]


Malmö University has five faculties, all of which are accredited multi-disciplinary research areas:

  • The Faculty of Technology and Society is located in the buildings Kranen and Ubåtshallen, next to the residential quarter Dockan at the Malmö harbour. The faculty has approximately 3,000 students and 100 employees and holds the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Media Technology and Product Design.[8] The courses and degree programmes range from Engineering and Computer Science till Product Development and Design and Media Technology. Research focuses on Computer Science, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics and Media Technology.
  • The Faculty of Culture and Society is situated in the building Gäddan, but partly also in the buildings Kranen and Ubåtshallen. The faculty has 4,900 students and around 300 employees.[9] It is composed of four institutes: the Department of Global Political Studies, the Department of Urban Studies, the School of Arts and Communication and the Department of Language and Linguistics. Three of Malmö University’s priority educational and research fields are part of this faculty: Urban Studies, which focuses on sustainable environments and global processes of change; New Media, which is oriented towards the interplay between new media, public spheres and forms of expression; and Migration, which conducts research on international migration processes and their causes and effects.
  • The Faculty of Education and Society is one of the largest teacher training facilities in Sweden. It has about 5,000 students and 260 employees and is placed right next to the Central Station in the building Orkanen.[10] It consists of the departments “Children, Youth and Society”, “Culture, Languages and Media”, “Individual and Society”, “School Development and Leadership” as well as “Science, Environment, Society” and “Sport Sciences – Sport and Leisure”. The teacher education ranges from pre-school teaching to the upper secondary school/high school levels. Research conducted by the faculty deals with the theory and practice of teaching and education, child and youth development and education, culture and aesthetics in the school, educational science, informal learning, learning via dialogue, professional development, sport in learning and society, social historical and cultural perspectives in modern history.
  • The Faculty of Odontology is located next to the train station Triangeln in Malmö. Its educational programmes lead to a degree as a dental hygienist, dentist or dental technician. The research spans through a broad spectrum: from molecular biological studies of oral tissues to wide-ranging studies of oral health in different generations, social classes and international cultures. The dental clinic is one of the region’s largest with more than 10,000 patients each year.[11]
  • The Faculty of Health and Society has approximately 4,600 students and 260 employees and is mainly situated on grounds of the university hospital in Malmö.[12] It consists of the five departments “Biomedical Science”, “Care Science”, “Criminology”, “Health and Welfare Studies” and the “Department of Social Work”. The education and research activities at the faculty aim at contributing to the knowledge base in order to preserve, support and promote people’s physical, psychological and social health. The faculty educates nurses, social workers, public health scientists and biomedical scientists. Research is being done in Biomedical Laboratory Science/- Technology, Nursing and Social Work.

Key Research Areas[edit]

  • Biofilms and Bio-Interfaces
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Educational Science
  • Health and Social Conditions
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Migration and International Relations
  • New Media
  • Odontology
  • Sports Science
  • Sustainable Urban Development

Research Centres[edit]

Centre for Work Life Studies[edit]

Centre for Profession Studies (CPS)[edit]

Biofilms Research Centre for Biointerfaces[edit]

Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare[edit]

MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative[edit]

MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative (also known as MEDEA) is one of six research centres at Malmö University College in Malmö, Sweden. The centre conducts research within the academic fields of interaction design, media and communication studies and collaborative design and innovation studies which lies in the intersection of the related fields of participatory design and user driven innovation. The main research focus is on new communities, new publics and new forms of expression. Research carried out at MEDEA is built on the idea of co-production where academic researchers work together with other actors outside academia, e.g. companies, organizations, institutions and individuals. MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative is a coordinator and a partner in number of regional, national and international research, design and development projects focusing on collaborative media design, social innovation and service design. MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative was founded in 2009.

The vision for the MEDEA is that it shall be an internationally leading environment when it comes to co-production and the development of new forms of knowledge and innovation models within the field of new media. Focus is put on the development of theories as well as products, services and productions. The environment shall also contribute to the development of a more general co-production competence within Malmö University College.

The Internet of Things and People[edit]

Sexology and Sexuality Studies[edit]


  1. ^ Årsredovisning 2012 Malmö högskola - Årsredovisning 2012
  2. ^ Högskoleverkets årsrapport 2012 (Swedish), p. 118. (PDF; 6,7 MB)
  3. ^ Though Malmö högskola itself uses the translation "Malmö University" it should be noted that Universitets- och högskolerådet (UHR; the Swedish Council for Higher Education), a central government agency, uses the translation "Malmö University College" in its list of "Recognised higher education institutions in Sweden"
  4. ^ Swedish National Agency for Higher Education: List of higher education institutions, accessed 2010-07-24
  5. ^ a b Malmö University - Facts and figures, Official Website of Malmö University. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Malmö en värsting på kris och förnyelse, Sydsvenskan 2009-04-11 (Swedish)
  7. ^ Swedish National Agency for Higher Education - Awarded Centres of Excellent Quality in Higher Education 2007
  8. ^ Malmö högskola - Organisation och styrdokument, Official Website of Malmö University. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Malmö University - Faculty of Culture and Society, Official Website of Malmö University. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  10. ^ Malmö University - Faculty of Education and Society, Official Website of Malmö University. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Malmö University - Faculty of Odontology, Official Website of Malmö University. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Malmö University - Faculty of Health and Society, Official Website of Malmö University. Retrieved January 10, 2014.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°36′28″N 12°59′47″E / 55.60778°N 12.99639°E / 55.60778; 12.99639