University of Gothenburg

University of Gothenburg

University of Gothenburg
Göteborgs universitet
Latin: Universitas Gothoburgensis
Motto Tradita innovare innovata tradere
Motto in English Renew our heritage and pass it on renewed
Established 1954 (1891)
Type Public
Endowment SEK 4.785 billion (total income, 2009)[1]
Rector Dr. Pam Fredman
Academic staff 3,176[2]
Admin. staff 1,952[2]
Students 26,801[2]
Doctoral students 2,041[2]
Location Gothenburg, Sweden
Campus urban
Colours           blue, white

The University of Gothenburg (university in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg.

The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities, and with 24,900 full-time students[3] it is also among the largest universities in the Nordic countries.


With its eight faculties and 57 departments, the University of Gothenburg is also one of the most wide-ranging and versatile universities in Sweden. Its eight faculties offer training in the Creative Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Education, Information Technology, Business, Economics and Law, and Health Sciences.

Gothenburg University has the highest number of applicants per study place in many of its subjects and courses,[4] and is therefore one of the most popular universities in Sweden.


Gothenburg University places well in many rankings, usually among the world's best 150-200 universities:
Ranking (year) World Rank
Academic Ranking of World Universities (2014)[5] # 151-200
Web Ranking of European Universities (2013)[6] # 163
QS World University Rankings[7] (2013) # 205
Times Higher Education (2012/2013)[8] # 201-225


Library (Swedish: Kurs- och tidningsbibliotek)

The University of Gothenburg was founded as Göteborgs högskola (Gothenburg University College) in 1891. In 1907 it was granted the same status as Uppsala University and Lund University by the Swedish government, thus creating Sweden's third university.

Over the course of time, it has merged with a number of previously independent higher education institutions in the city and has continuously expanded its study profile. It was granted the rights of a full university by the Swedish government in 1954, following the merger of the Göteborgs högskola (Gothenburg College) with the Medicinhögskolan i Göteborg (Gothenburg Medical School).

In 1971, the originally separate Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law became part of the University of Gothenburg.

Sahlgrenska University Hospital is associated with the university as a teaching hospital.

In the 1990s the School of Economics and the Academy of Music, Drama and Opera have moved to new buildings in the city centre. A new campus for the Faculty of Education (teacher training) was opened in central Gothenburg in 2006.

The University of Gothenburg is a pronounced city university, that is most of its facilities are within the city centre of Gothenburg. The main building as well as most faculties are located in the central part of Gothenburg.

Together with Uppsala, Lund, and Stockholm universities, it is one of four large international research universities in Sweden.



The University of Gothenburg is one of Sweden’s largest universities. It is a comprehensive university, organised into eight faculties and more than 40 departments. The university is a public authority as well as a confederation of Faculty Boards. Each faculty/school has significant autonomy based on its attributed powers, and a distinct identity within the university.

The University Board is the university’s highest decision-making body.[9] The board consists of 15 members and has "supervision over all the University’s affairs, and is responsible that its duties are fulfilled". The Swedish Government appoints seven of the members externally, based on their having experience in activities that have significance for the university’s teaching and research functions. In addition, the Vice-Chancellor, three faculty members and three students, as well as union representatives are included as ordinary members.

The day-to-day management is headed by the vice-chancellor, who is responsible for implementing the decisions of the board.[10] He is supported by the central administration.


The university is organised into eight academic faculties.[11] Collaboration across faculty and subject boundaries is emphasised in the university's research and education strategies. All faculties takes advantage of this possibility and are active participants in a multitude of cross-disciplinary research and education activities within the framework of the university. It should also be noted that the university closely cooperates with Chalmers University of Technology, a fact that further increases the total scope of the academic environment in Gothenburg.

  • The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts (Konstnärliga fakulteten) offers courses in the fields of design and crafts, film studies, photography, scene, music and fine arts. The Valand Academy are part of the faculty.
  • The Faculty of Education (Utbildningsvetenskapliga fakulteten) is responsible for teacher training in various subjects.
  • The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Humanistiska fakulteten) comprises the humanities, for instance cultural studies, history, literature, history of ideas, religion, modern languages, philosophy, linguistics, theory of science and Swedish language and literature
The faculty of humanities
  • The IT Faculty (IT fakulteten) offers programmes in applied information technology, computer science and engineering.
  • The Faculty of Science (Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten) covers a number of science disciplines such as botany, cell and molecular biology, physics, earth sciences, chemistry, conservation, marine ecology, mathematics, environmental science, and zoology.
  • The Sahlgrenska Academy (Sahlgrenska Akadamin) is part of the University of Gothenburg and functions as a medical school and university hospital.
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences (Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten) offers courses in peace and development studies, public administration, journalism, psychology, social anthropology, social work, sociology, political science, and European studies.

Noted people


Artisten – Academy of Music and Drama
Håkan Hellström (left), Swedish musician


Lotta Lotass, writer and member of the Swedish Academy.

Honorary degrees

The University of Gothenburg has awarded numerous honorary doctorates to public figures and excellent academics, including:

Past rectors

  • 1891 Axel Kock
  • 1891–1893 Hjalmar Edgren
  • 1893–1899 Johannes Paulson
  • 1899–1909 Johan Vising
  • 1909–1914 Ludvig Stavenow
  • 1914–1931 Otto Sylwan
  • 1931–1936 Bernhard Karlgren
  • 1936–1951 Curt Weibull
  • 1951–1966 Hjalmar Frisk
  • 1966–1972 Bo Eric Ingelmark
  • 1972–1982 Georg Lundgren
  • 1982–1986 Kjell Härnqvist
  • 1986–1992 Jan S. Nilsson
  • 1992–1997 Jan Ling
  • 1997–2003 Bo Samuelsson
  • 2003–2006 Gunnar Svedberg
  • 2006– Pam Fredman

See also


  1. ^ ) – Annual report 2010 (Swedish), page 106ffHögskoleverketSwedish Higher Education Authority (
  2. ^ a b c d Göteborgs universitet i siffror (Swedish). University of Gothenburg
  3. ^ facts and figures University of Gothenburg
  4. ^ Fakta om Göteborgs universitet(Swedish) . University of Gothenburg
  5. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014
  6. ^ Webometrics 2013
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External links

  • University of Gothenburg – Official site
  • University of Gothenburg alumni network
  • slide-show