Newman Institute (Uppsala)

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Newman Institute
Type Private, Roman-Catholic (Jesuit)
Established 2001
Rector Philip Geister SJ
Students c. 180
Location Uppsala, Sweden

The Newman Institute for Catholic Studies is a university college offering courses in theology, philosophy, and cultural studies. The Institute was inspired by the English philosopher, writer and cardinal John Henry Newman (1801–1890), and was founded in 2001. It is located in Uppsala and is run by the Society of Jesus; the current rector is Philip Geister SJ. In 2010, the Newman Institute was accredited by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.[1][2]


Since 2008, the Newman Institute has offered a three-year Bachelor’s degree program (180 credits), which combines theology with philosophy and cultural studies. A Higher Education Diploma in theology is also available, which comprises 120 credits. Individual courses are available to students, and are offered in a wide range of fields, including theology, philosophy, literature, art, ecclesiastical architecture, music, and film.

The teaching staff at the Newman Institute consists of about 25 adjunct and full-time teachers. Courses are normally conducted in Swedish, but a few are offered in English each term, and the primary location for lectures is the Newman Building in Uppsala. Each term some courses are also offered in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Vadstena. In 2007, the Newman Institute started providing the fundamental philosophical and theological training for the Catholic priest candidates of Sweden.

The institute collaborates with many other academic institutions both in Sweden and internationally. Each term a number of individual courses are offered jointly with Uppsala University’s Department of Theology or Department of Musicology. Collaboration agreements have been established with Menighetsfakultetet in Oslo (the largest theological faculty in Norway), Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Università Pontificia Gregoriana in Rome, Boston College in the USA, among others. The institute has established Erasmus Programme partnerships with theological faculties in England, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine.[3]

Newman Institute Uppsala

The Newman Building[edit]

In 2006, the Newman Institute acquired its main building, situated in the center of Uppsala, one block from the Catholic parish church and just a few blocks from the main buildings of Uppsala University and Uppsala Cathedral. The Newman Building is renovated and contains a library with about 5,000 titles in the areas of theology, philosophy, and cultural studies. In 2009 a new wing was added to the Newman Building to house St. Sigfrid's Seminary of the Stockholm Catholic diocese.

Signum Magazine[edit]

The Catholic cultural magazine Signum, edited by the Newman Institute, covers a broad spectrum of issues concerning faith, culture, research, and society. The printed version of Signum is published eight times per year. In addition, there is an up-to-date website ( containing an article archive dating from 1975 to the present.

Intellectual tradition[edit]

The Newman Institute is founded on the Catholic intellectual tradition and offers a characteristically Jesuit and holistic approach towards education. The aim of the Institute is to provide students with sound knowledge, which enlarges their intellectual horizons and critical faculties, and which encourages them to develop as human beings with openness and respect toward others.

John Henry Newman[edit]

The work of the Newman Institute is inspired by John Henry Newman, the 19th-century English convert who became a cardinal and was both a theologian and philosopher. Newman was a clear-sighted and outspoken personality in public discussions. His thought was informed by antiquity and humanism, and by the rich tradition of the Church, beginning with the Church Fathers. He recognized the importance of the interaction between history, tradition and modernity, and between theology, philosophy and culture. John Henry Newman has justly been described as one of the earliest inspirations of the Second Vatican Council, and, thereby, of the role of the modern Catholic church as a culture-shaping factor in society.


  1. ^ About Newman Institute (Swedish)
  2. ^ Swedish Higher Education Authority: Higher education institutions at the Wayback Machine (archived June 22, 2015)
  3. ^ Erasmus+ Programme exchange partners

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Coordinates: 59°51′22″N 17°38′16″E / 59.8561°N 17.6379°E / 59.8561; 17.6379