History, Affiliations and Rankings
Linköping became Sweden's sixth university in 1975. Linköping University (LiU) has grown significantly since then, with campuses in Norrköping and Stockholm. Since mediaeval times, when Linköping Cathedral offered a school with significant international ties and its own student hall in Paris, Linköping has been a prominent center of learning. The Cathedral School opened in 1627 as Sweden's third upper secondary school, and a college for primary school teachers opened in 1843. The Fröbel Institute, Sweden's first college for training preschool teachers, was established in Norrköping in 1902. The university is affiliated with European University Association (EUA) and European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). It is accredited by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). The Linköping University secured the ranking of #329 in QS World University Rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranked the University #350 in Best Global Universities, #151 in Best Global Universities in Europe, #10 in Best Global Universities in Sweden.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The three main campuses of Linköping University are in the stergötland (East Sweden) region, in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping. The Twin Cities region, Sweden's fourth metropolitan area, is in the process of merging the two cities into one integrated urban region. Between the three campuses, LiU provides a free bus service for their students. The East Sweden campus is home to various old fortifications, rune stones, and prehistoric rock carvings. Churches, castles, and manor houses from the Middle Ages and later times have been carefully preserved as well. Not to mention the breathtaking scenery, which includes clean lakes and rivers, woodlands, and vibrant yellow and purple fields. Linköping University (LiU) offers 30 foreign programs in a wide range of disciplines. The majority of their master's programs last two years and include 120 credits (ECTS).
Accomplishments and Alumni
Linköping University is special because of the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies. In addition to scientific matters we address issues where the results can benefit all of society. LiU is known for student-centred learning with a high student satisfaction rate, an interdisciplinary approach to studies and close collaboration with the business world. The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering equality for all employees and eliminating all forms of discrimination, including gender discrimination. The university has a prestigious network of 110,000 alumni all across the world. Åsa Lindhagen, Former Minister for Gender Equality of Sweden, Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Riksdag and Carl-Henric Svanberg, Swedish businessman are among the famous alumni of the university.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University currently has 35,900 students enrolled (full-time equivalents 19,122). There are 341 professors and around 1200 students participating in the research and training program. There are over 10,700 distance and off-campus students, including those at Campus Lidingö. Linköping University is well-known for its vibrant student life, and the university has won the "rets svenska studentstad" (Student City of the Year) award three times. Some of the top employers of university graduates are Volvo Cars SEB, IKEA, EY, Netlight and Accenture.