Since 1999, the Erling Persson Family Foundation has made possible the establishment and continued developments of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES), a unique collaboration between the leading universities of Stockholm, KI, KTH, Konstfack, SSE and SU. Since its inception, more than 15,000 students have participated in the interdisciplinary programs offered by SSES and the community of enterprising individuals exists across the academic, public and private sectors, in Sweden and abroad. More than 40% of SSES alumni create their own companies, and today this network of entrepreneurs run more than 1,500 self-founded organisations around the globe, employing more than 10,000 people.
At heart, SSES is designed to offer students and researchers a sandbox to explore and realize their imagination with people from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and industries. Thanks to its impact on individuals and the economy, several countries and universities have emulated the SSES model to replicate what the Erling Persson Family Foundation has made possible in Stockholm over the past two decades.
The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is a public university responsible for one third of Sweden’s total engineering studies and technical research at post-secondary level. The university has over 14,500 undergraduate students, 1,700 active postgraduate students and an administrative staff of 4,600.
The origins of KTH can be traced back to 1827 when the Institute of Technology began offering education in technological subjects with a professional touch. The Institute’s name was changed to Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in 1877 and the final academic recognition of KTH as an establishment of higher learning arrived in 1927, when it was permitted the right to award students with the title Doctor of Technology.
Ten years earlier in 1917, KTH had moved into purpose-built buildings in the northern part of central Stockholm. KTH is the largest of Sweden’s universities of technology. It is an international institution with established research and educational exchanges all over the world, conducting education and research across a broad spectrum – from natural science to all branches of technology.
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Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design is Sweden’s biggest and oldest artistic, public university. 900 students attend the educations that range from art teacher training, a curator program to fine arts and furniture design.
Karolinska Institute (KI) is Sweden’s largest centre for medical training and research. It is renowned for its innovative research and as the institute that decides the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Founded in 1909, the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) has 2,200 students and its researchers rank among the best in the world in areas such as health economics, finance, business law and economics.