History, Affiliations and Rankings
Chalmers University of Technology was founded in Gothenburg in 1829 as an industrial school called to provide education to disadvantaged children. It was named after William Chalmers, a prominent supporter. Chalmers University has been designated as the "First European Engaged University" by the international agency ACEEU following a rigorous examination process. The evaluation recognizes Chalmers’ methodical approach to creating value for the surrounding society as being of excellent quality. The European University Association (EUA) and the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAEER) are both members of the organisation. As per QS World Rankings 2021, the university is ranked #139, placed between 201 - 250 in the Times Higher Education 2021, and is ranked #342 as per US News & World Report.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
In Gothenburg, Sweden, the university includes two campuses. Campus Johannesburg is the city's oldest and largest campus offering courses focused on civil engineering, material science, and energy. Campus Lindholmen is located on Norra Alvstranden, north of the Gota River, in one of the city's most modern and quickly expanding neighbourhoods. With vast and open green spaces connected by paths and small roads, the Chalmers campuses are driven by sustainability. Both the campuses include exceptional academic, residential, dining and other world-class student facilities, as well as first-grade infrastructure. Courses in Architecture, Engineering, Communication, Science, Mathematics, Microtechnology, and Nanoscience are among the popular Masters and Bachelors degree programmes offered by the university. Besides, the University also offers free online courses via the MOOC platform.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Chalmers University has had the top reputation among Swedish universities since 2012, according to Kantar Sifo's Reputation Index. It was named among the top 10 universities in the world for engineering education in a benchmarking report from MIT in 2018 while the European Commission acknowledged Chalmers as one of Europe's best universities in 2019 based on the U-Multirank rankings. Being a Chalmers alumnus entails being a part of a vast and active global network with over 60,000 members from 120+ countries. Gustaf Dalen, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and Ludvig Strigeus, a well-known programmer who created Spotify, all graduated from Chalmers University. Leif Johansson, another alumnus of the University, is the chairman of AstraZeneca Plc, as well as the former CEO and president of Volvo Group and Ericsson.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Chalmers University of Technology has a student body of 10,000 students coming from more than 80 countries along with 3100 faculty members. 30% of the students enrolled in the Master’s degree programs at Chalmers University were reported to be women while the percentage of international students was 24%. The University has partnerships with ETH Zurich in Switzerland, Trinity College in Dublin, the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy, RWTH Aachen University in Germany, and the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, among others. In addition, Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, SKF, Volvo Info Technology, and Ericsson are the largest private enterprises in Gothenburg, and Chalmers collaborates with all of them.