University of Gothenburg

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University of Gothenburg
Göteborgs universitet
Goteborgs universitet seal.svg
Latin: Universitas Gothoburgensis
MottoTradita innovare innovata tradere
Motto in English
Renew our heritage and pass it on renewed
Type Public
Endowment SEK 4.785 billion (total income, 2009) [1]
Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg
Academic staff
2,970 [2]
Administrative staff
6000, [2] 5,500 (FTE) [2]
Students37 000, [2] 26,000 (FTE) [2]
1,920 [2]
Colours    blue, white
Affiliations Aurora

The University of Gothenburg (Swedish : Göteborgs universitet) is a university in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg.


The University is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities and with 37,000 students and 6000 staff members [3] it is one of the largest universities in the Nordic countries.


With its eight faculties and 38 departments, the University of Gothenburg is 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.

The University of Gothenburg has the highest number of applicants per study place in many of its subjects and courses, making it one of the most popular universities in Sweden.


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Library of social sciences, formerly main library
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Library of social sciences, silent reading hall

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). [4]

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. The Sahlgrenska Hospital was founded in 1772 following a donation by Niclas Sahlgren, and is the largest in Northern Europe.

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.

Gothenburg has a great academic excellence, originating from the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, to face these challenges. It has a strong tradition of innovation, resulting in for example Losec, the Brånemark implant, drugs against Parkinson's and most recently, the first ever completed pregnancy from a transplanted uterus. Together with Uppsala, Lund, and Stockholm universities, it is one of four large international research universities in Sweden.



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The entrance (left) to and the auditorium (right) of the main administrative building of the university.

The University of Gothenburg is one of Sweden's largest universities. It is a comprehensive university, organised into eight faculties and 38 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. [5] 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. [6] She is supported by the central administration.


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Modern architecture: Sahlgrenska Academy (left) and the reading hall of the School of Business and Law (right).
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GU offers a large variety of academic disciplines, e.g. Department of Geosciences (left) and Department of Swedish Studies (right).

The university is organised into eight academic faculties. [7] 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. The university closely cooperates with Chalmers University of Technology, a fact that further increases the total scope of the academic environment in Gothenburg.

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The Faculty of Arts


World ranking

University of Gothenburg places well in local and global rankings and is usually positioned among the world's best for life sciences and medicine. It was ranked 2nd in Sweden, 11th in Europe and 31st in the world in the subjects of biological and life sciences by AWRU-Shanghai 2018 world ranking. [9] [10]

RankingGlobalSubject: Biomedical and Clinical sciences
ARWU- Shanghai151–20031 [10]
Times19897 [11]
US News13571 [12]

Noted people


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Artisten – Academy of Music and Drama
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Lotta Lotass, writer and former 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

See also

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Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law

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Sven Adolf Hedlund

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Elisabet Britt Engdahl is a Swedish linguist and professor emerita of Swedish at the University of Gothenburg. She was the first linguist to investigate parasitic gaps in detail.

Agnes Wold

Agnes Wold, born January 7, 1955 is a professor of clinical bacteriology specializing in the normal flora of the body, at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a nationally known commentator on television, radio and in newspapers on issues related to infectious disease and women in science.

Teresa Lagergård Polish medical researcher

Teresa Lagergård (Lenartowicz) was born 1946 in Sosnowiec, Poland. She is professor emerita at University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Ann-Sofie Sandberg is a Swedish professor in Food and Nutritional Science at Chalmers University of Technology.

Pam Fredman

Pam Fredman is a Swedish professor of neuroscience and former rector of the University of Gothenburg. From 2016, Fredman is the President of the International Association of Universities

Maria Falkenberg is a professor of medical biochemistry at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She has made important contributions to understanding how the mitochondrial genome is maintained in health and disease.

Madeleine Olsson Eriksson Swedish gynecologist, businesswoman, and philanthropist

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