Karolinska Institutet

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Karolinska Institute
Karolinska Institutet
Karolinska logo.png
Motto Att förbättra människors hälsa (To improve human health)
Established 1810
Type Medical University
President Anders Hamsten
Admin. staff 3,800 (2012)[1]
Students 6,200 (FTE, 2012)[1]
Doctoral students 2,300 (2012)[1]
Location Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden
Campus Urban
Colors      KI Plum
Website www.ki.se
Entrance from Solnavägen
The Berzelius laboratory, KI Solna
The University library and the Berzelius laboratory, KI Solna
Karolinska University Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in. Europe
The old yard, KI Solna
Karolinska Institutet Science Park AB
Original Caroline Institute buildings at street Hantverkargatan in Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Karolinska's Aula Medica auditorium the venue for Nobel lectures

Karolinska Institutet (often translated from Swedish into English as the Karolinska Institute, the -et being a definite article, and in older texts often as the Royal Caroline Institute) is a medical university in Solna within the Stockholm urban area, Sweden, and one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities. It was founded in 1810 on Kungsholmen on the west side of Stockholm; the main campus was relocated decades later to Solna, just outside Stockholm. A second campus was established more recently in Flemingsberg, Huddinge, south of Stockholm.

Karolinska Institute is Sweden's third oldest medical school, after Uppsala University (founded in 1477) and Lund University (founded in 1666). Research at Karolinska Institute accounts for more than 40% of all academic research in Sweden.[2] Karolinska Institute consistently ranks among the top universities in the world on a number of prestigious ranking tables, and Karolinska Institute is currently ranked among the top 10 medical universities in world.[3] According to the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Karolinska Institute is ranked 32nd worldwide, 5th in Europe directly behind Oxford university, Cambridge university and UCL, 1st in the Nordic region [4] and according to the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Karolinska Institute is ranked 11th in the world in the field of clinical medicine and pharmacology, 18th in life sciences and 3rd in pharmacy.[5]

The Karolinska University Hospital, located in Solna and Huddinge, is associated with the university as a research and teaching hospital. Together they form an academic health science centre. It is one of Sweden's largest centres for training and research, accounting for 30 percent of the medical training and 40 percent of the medical academic research conducted nationwide. While most of the medical programs are taught in Swedish, the bulk of the Ph.D. projects are conducted in English.

A committee of the institute appoints the laureates for the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet is a body at Karolinska Institutet that awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Nobel Assembly consists of fifty professors from various medical disciplines at the Karolinska Institute.


Karolinska Institutet was founded in the period between 1810 and 1811, following the Finnish War, as a training center for army surgeons.

The original name was at first 'Medico-Chirurgiska Institutet'. In 1817 the prefix Karolinska was added as a reference to the then-Swedish king Karl XIII (Carolus in Latin).[6] The full name thus became Kongliga Carolinska Medico Chirurgiska Institutet.[7] In 1968, this name was abbreviated to 'Karolinska Institutet'.

Rankings and reputation[edit]

Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2010, Karolinska is a top global medical university and a member of the 22-strong League of European Research Universities. On two campuses it covers the gamut of research and clinical medicine and pharmacology, with a faculty of more than 2,300 serving around 8,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. For the year 2013, Academic ranking of world universities ranks Karolinska Institutet at number 44 overall in the world, and number 11 in the world/number 2 in Europe in the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy. For the year of 2013/2014, Karolinska Institutet is placed at overall number 36 in the world and number 7 in Europe as well as number 14 in the world and number 6 in Europe among Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Universities. For the year of 2014, QS World University Rankings ranks Karolinska Institutet the top 16th university in the world within the subject of medicine, and the 5th in Europe, and the top 7th university in the world within the subject of pharmacy and pharmacology, and the 6th in Europe.[8]

Karolinska Institutet is not measured in the overall university ranking of QS since being a multi-faculty university is one of their requirements.

Karolinska University Hospital[edit]

Karolinska University Hospital is one of Scandinavia’s premier health facilities. Together with the world-respected Karolinska Institutet, it leads in medical break throughs in Sweden. Karolinska University Hospital has a primary responsibility to deliver highly specialized care to patients in the Stockholm area. The hospital also serves many patients from other parts of Sweden and from countries around the world.

Notable alumni or faculty[edit]

Departments of research (by location)[edit]

Campus Solna

Karolinska Hospital, Solna

Campus Huddinge


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual report 2013" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Higher Education Authority (Högskoleverket). 2013. 
  2. ^ http://ki.se/en/research-at-ki.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.topuniversities.com/courses/medicine/top-10-universities-medicine.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2011-2012". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 32 Oct 2011. 
  5. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy 2012". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Retrieved 26 Jun 2013. 
  6. ^ Ljunggren,, Bengt; Bruyn, George W. (2002). The Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Karolinska Institute: The Story of Axel Key and Alfred Nobel. Karger Publishers. p. 22. ISBN 9783805572972. 
  7. ^ "KIs historia". Karolinska Institutet. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "KIs rankings". Karolinska Institutet. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 59°20′56″N 18°01′36″E / 59.34889°N 18.02667°E / 59.34889; 18.02667