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University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden



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History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Gothenburg was founded in 1891 as the Gothenburg University College when 7 Professors taught 7 subjects to 21 students, including 4 women students. In 1907 it was granted the same status as Uppsala University and Lund University by the Swedish government, thus creating Sweden's third university. Massive expansion of the University occurred between the 1940s and 1960s when the student enrollment grew from 500 to 21,000. Over the course of time, the University College merged with a number of previously independent higher education institutions and continued to expand its study profile. It was granted the rights of a full university by the Swedish Government in 1954, following the merger of the Gothenburg College with the Gothenburg Medical School. Gothenburg is academically affiliated with Aurora, a network of universities in Europe, and also holds the prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation by EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB. The University ranks #180 in QS World University Rankings 2022, #138 in Shanghai Ranking ARWU 2021 and #185 THE World University Rankings 2022. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The University of Gothenburg is an urban university and is spread across several areas in central Gothenburg, which is Scandinavia's largest non-capital city. Students can get around by walking, biking or taking public transport. The University has restaurants available for the convenience of the students and quiet rooms for prayers for students of all faiths, and a service center that offers service and support to students. The various departments and facilities are spread across these areas. There are also nine libraries across the campus, averaging 6200 visitors daily during the academic year and housing 28,000 journals and 2,300 e-books. Academic activity takes place in a combination of historic and modernized buildings, a majority of which are located in the City Center of Gothenburg and makes the University truly integrated in the urban fabric of the city. The University of Gothenburg offers 6 Bachelor's programs taught in English and about 150 in Swedish, and approximately 80 international Master’s programs. Students can undertake two-year Master's programs in a breadth of disciplines including, Business, Management and Economics, Educational Sciences, Fine Arts, Crafts, and Design, Music and Performance, Health Sciences, Humanities and Language, Information Technology and Computer Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Behavioral Science. The University also provides several joint and double degree programs alongside other universities in Europe and other countries.  

Accomplishments and Alumni

The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, which is held by less than 1% of the universities worldwide, and is the only among Business Schools in Sweden with the “Triple Crown” accreditation. Further, in a 2018 International Student Barometer Survey, 92% of the respondents stated that they were happy or very happy with their life at the University of Gothenburg. 82% of the respondents would recommend the University to others, while 86% of the respondents were satisfied with the learning experience at the University. The 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Arvid Carlsson, is a researcher at the University of Gothenburg. The University of Gothenburg has produced a number of accomplished alumni, who constitute a global network spanning 80 countries and consisting of 20,000+ registered members till date, Some of the notable names include the likes of Percy Nils Barnevik, Swedish Business Executive and former CEO of Asea Brown Boveri, Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaquobi, A Syrian Religious Scholar and Leader, Annika Strandhäll, Politician of the Social Democrats and current chairperson of the Social Democratic Women and several others.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies 

The University of Gothenburg has a total enrollment of more than 49,000 and is one of the largest universities in the Nordic countries. Out of the total student population, nearly 29,000+ are full-time students. International students in Sweden can connect with peers and experience the best of the city of Gothenburg through Unimeet, which is a platform connecting more than 60,000 students and 5,000 researchers in Sweden. It organizes social activities, cultural events, networking opportunities and travel expeditions across the country. Further, the University of Gothenburg plenty of support services for the students, including career development, mentorship, healthcare and well-being, as well as academic and technology resources to facilitate students to extract their best potential. Some of the top companies that hire students from the University of Gothenburg include Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Volvo Cars, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, and IKEA

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