History, Affiliations and Rankings
Stockholm University is Europe's most prestigious educational institution, with the mission of developing a society capable of critical thinking based on knowledge and truth, founded in 1878. Stockholm College began without exams or diplomas, offering an alternative to the traditional universities in Uppsala and Lund. The first open lectures were held in the fall of 1877 in the handicrafts school building on Mäster Samuelsgatan. There were lectures in mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology, joined soon after by cultural history and economics. In 1904, Stockholm University College was given the approval to award degrees. It was granted university status in 1960, and according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, it is one of the top 100 universities in the world (ARWU).
The university is accredited by the European Union Association and UNICA. In addition, as per QS World Rankings 2022 and 2023, the university is ranked #148 and #153. According to world rankings by THE, the university is placed #176 in the year 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The primary part of Stockholm University is in the Frescati area, which stretches from the Bergius Botanical Garden in the north to Sveaplan in the south. It is located amid the world's first national urban park, which is known for its natural beauty, architecture, and modern art, including a very famous building, namely Aula Magna (auditorium). Also, the university provides 300 scientific and humanities degrees and 1,700 courses, including 75 master's programmes offered in English. Computer and Systems Sciences, Business and Economics, Arts and Humanities, Media and Communication, Human, Social, and Political Sciences, Law, Science, Mathematics, Language, and Linguistics are among the subjects covered. Stockholm University also offers overseas students a scholarship programme.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Once enrolled, students have access to a variety of support services provided by the university. Their Academic Writing Support service is provided free of charge to all students. They can assist students with study programmes, writing groups, presentations, workshops, and individual counselling. Making the decision to study in a foreign country can be difficult; Stockholm University provides counselling services to both prospective and current students, assisting them in making well-informed decisions. Students with disabilities can also apply for assistance during their time at the university.
Additionally, the university is home to notable people who were associated with them including Svante Arrhenius (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Meemann Chang (Paleontologist), Tomas Transtromer (Nobel Prize in Literature), Christer Fuglesang (Swedish Physicist), Dag Hammarskjold (Former Secretary-General of the United Nations), Horace Engdahl (Swedish Literary Historian).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Located in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan capitals. Currently, the institution has around 27,000 students, 1,400 doctoral students, and 5,700 staff members working in the human science and science fields. The university has collaborations with universities all around the world that facilitate successful international collaboration in education and research. European Civic University, Helsinki University, University of Illinois, and the University of Tokyo are among the partner universities. Accelerator, Baltic Sea Centre, and Navarino Environmental Observatory are among the university's strategic partners.