Örebro University

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Örebro University
Örebro Universitet
Örebro Universitet.svg
Motto Dulce est sapere (knowledge is sweet)
Type Public
Established 1977 (college)
1999 (university)
Vice Chancellor Johan Schnürer
Administrative staff
1 100
Students 17,000 (FTE, 2014)[1]
Location Sweden Örebro, Örebro, Sweden
Campus Urban
Website http://www.oru.se/english

Örebro University (Swedish: Örebro universitet) is a state university in Örebro, Sweden.

University-level education in Örebro started in the 1960s, when Uppsala University started to offer some courses in Örebro. On the basis of these activities, an independent högskola (university college) was created in 1977 under the name Högskolan i Örebro (Örebro University College). This university college also incorporated three other existing educational institutions in Örebro: the teaching seminar, the sports college (founded in 1966) and the social work college (founded 1967). Örebro University College was granted the privileges of a university by the Government of Sweden in 1999, becoming the 12th university in Sweden.

On 30 March 2010 the university was granted the right to award medical degrees in collaboration with Örebro University Hospital, making it the 7th medical school in Sweden.[2] Örebro University co-hosts the Centre of Gender Excellence established by the Swedish Research Council.[3]


In 1967, Uppsala University established a branch in Örebro, the College of Social Sciences. In 1977, Örebro University College was established through a merger of the Uppsala University branch in Örebro, the Preschool Teaching Seminary, and the College of Physical Education and Sport Science. In 1999, the university college was granted the status of a university by the Government of Sweden and opened by Prime Minister Göran Persson on 6 February 1999.[4]


  • School of Health and Medical Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Food Science
  • School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
  • School of Law, Psychology and Social work
  • School of Music, Theatre and Art
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Swedish Business School


  • Thore Hammarland (1977–1978)
  • Stefan Björklund (1978–1982)
  • Anders Stening (1983–1989)
  • Ingemar Lind (1990–1999)
  • Janerik Gidlund (1999–2008)
  • Jens Schollin (2008–2016)[4]
  • Johan Schnürer (2016–present)




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Coordinates: 59°15′16″N 15°14′43″E / 59.25444°N 15.24528°E / 59.25444; 15.24528