Södertörn University

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Södertörn University
Södertörns högskola
Södertörn University logo2.png
Established 1996
Type public
Rector Prof. Moira von Wright
Students 12 578 (2013) [1]
94 (2013) [2]
Location Södertörn, Sweden
Campus Flemingsberg
Website www.sh.se

Södertörn University[3] (Swedish: Södertörns högskola, abbreviated as SH) is a public university (högskola) located in Flemingsberg, which is located in Huddinge Municipality, and the larger area called Södertörn, in Stockholm County, Sweden.[4] In 2013, it had about 13 000 full-time students. The campus area ("Universitetsområdet") in Flemingsberg hosts the main campus of SH, several departments of the Karolinska Institutet, and the School of Technology and health of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge (formerly Huddinge Hospital), is also located there.


Södertörn University was established in 1996 following a parliamentary decision in 1995.The expansion of higher education in the southern parts of Stockholm had then been investigated for a long time. The background was that the transition to higher education was low in the southern parts of Stockholm, unemployment were high and segregation problems tended to be large. Stockholm University did not consider it appropriate to increase the number of students of Stockholm University and a university in Södertörn should be independent and not part of the University of Stockholm. Karolinska Institutet have already relocated their dental education to Flemingsberg. Even KTH and Stockholm University conducted some operations in Flemingsberg and Novum Research Park were under construction.

At the schools's inception in 1996, there were around 1,000 students. The school had operations in Södertälje, Flemingsberg and Haninge. Initially the Vice-Principal of Stockholm University were also Principal of Södertörn University, but in January 1, 1997, Per Thullberg was pointed as the schools Principal and the school also attained the right to award their own degrees. In 2002 the main building Moa Building opened in Flemingsberg which also received the Concrete Products Outdoor Environment Prize in 2003. With the new facilities the teacher education program were moved from Södertälje to Flemingsberg. In spring 2006, also the university's board operations decided to moved from Haninge campus to campus Flemingsberg until autumn 2008 and phase out Södertälje campus where tuition already had stopped.

Södertörn University applied to the government to become a university (universitet) in 2002. The application is not yet treated. In 2004 Södertörn University applied together with Karolinska Institutet and the KTH to get an approval of creating a university network at Södertörn University based on the same model as University of Oxford in the UK. In May 2006, a updated version of the university application was submitted to the government, including changes implemented since 2002. 1 July 2010, the Higher Education granted Södertörn University the right to award doctoral students in the areas of Historical Studies,[5] Critical and Cultural Theory,[6] Environmental Studies[7] and Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society.[8]

At the end of 2013 Södertörn University was awarded the task of providing the basic training programme for the police. It will run as contract education and will cover five semesters of full-time study, including a six-month traineeship at a police authority. The first 180 police cadets started their education at Södertörn University in January 2015.[9]

In 2013 Södertörn University had 12 578 students of which 6 984 were full-time students.[10]


Södertörn University's four academic schools:[11]

  • Department of Historical and Contemporary Studies[12]
  • Department of Culture and Education[13]
  • Department of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies[14]
  • School of Social Sciences[15]


Archeology, archival science, biology, English, aesthetics, ethnology, philosophy, business studies, gender studies, geography, history, intellectual history, international health, international relations, journalism, art, science, literature, teacher education, media technology, environmental science, media and communication science, culinary arts, economics, public law, education, practical knowledge, psychology, rhetoric, social work, sociology, political science, Swedish, tourism, science, development and international cooperation.[16]


Södertörn University carries out research in the humanities, social sciences, science, environment, technology and educational science.[17]

Institutes and research centers[edit]

Centres Arna's or the institution's primary purpose is for them to bring to university, the academic added value by focusing a scientifically interesting field that lies at the intersection of traditional disciplines. This way the university wish to create a creative meeting place for staff and students.

  • Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)[18]
  • The Academy of Public Administration[19]
  • Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge[20]
  • ENTER forum for research on entrepreneurship[21]
  • The Institute of Contemporary History (SHI)[22]
  • The Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (SHOHOST)[23]
  • Maritime Archaeological Research Institute at Södertörn University[24]

Södertörn University Library[edit]

The Södertörn University Library building was designed by Christer Malmström, arkitektkontor AB, and has received one of Sweden's most prestigious prizes for architecture, the Kasper Salin-prize.[25] The 11 000 square metre building contains the library's collection, examination rooms, study areas and has 700 study spaces. The library was opened 2004.


1 January 1997 – 31 December 2002: Per Thullberg
2003-30 June 2010: Ingela Josefson
1 July 2010-: Moira von Wright[26]

Notable faculty[edit]

Famous people from Södertörn University[edit]

Linnea jönsson
Kodjo Akolor
Mohamed Said
Kristian Gidlund
Anna-Karin Hatt
Elaine Eksvärd
Jytte Guteland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=the_university_in_figures_1306737346343
  2. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=the_university_in_figures_1306737346343
  3. ^ http://www.uhr.se/sv/Information-in-English/Qualifications-recognition/ENIC-NARIC-Sweden/List-of-HEIs-in-Sweden/
  4. ^ List of higher education institutions, Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, accessed 2010-10-26
  5. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_1301602155489
  6. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_1301601811475
  7. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_the_area_1301602258028
  8. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_the_area_1301602320553
  9. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/custom.nsf/news?openagent&key=opening_ceremony_for_police_education_20_january_1420643313370
  10. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=the_university_in_figures_1306737346343
  11. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=the_university_in_figures_1306737346343#!/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=schools_1308129550435
  12. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_the_school_1353396867251
  13. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_the_school_1353397050897
  14. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_the_school_1353397490994
  15. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_the_school_1353397769036
  16. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=sh_utbildning_kurs_alla_en#!/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=subjects_1298287321265
  17. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=centrumbildningar_1300899358133#!/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=our_research_1300896950507
  18. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1301902860317
  19. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1349696339193
  20. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1301926162249
  21. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1301998492534
  22. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1301927063794
  23. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1301927291294
  24. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=about_us_1301926797423
  25. ^ http://www.arkitekt.se/salinpriset
  26. ^ http://www.sh.se/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=university_structure_1317813710705#!/p3/ext/content.nsf/aget?openagent&key=executive_management_1377688912607

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°13′11″N 17°56′35″E / 59.21970°N 17.94308°E / 59.21970; 17.94308