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.
Stockholm University was officially founded as a university college in 1878. Originally called Stockholm Högskola and situated in central Stockholm at Observatorielunden, the university college began with a series of lectures that were open to the general public, a tradition that continues to this day.
The current campus lies to the north of the city at Frescati in an area of the city that has been used for scientific and educational purposes for almost 200 years.
Notable in the university’s history is the appointment of Sofia Kovalevskaya to hold a chair in mathematics in 1889, making her the third female professor in Europe. In 1904 the college became an official degree granting institution. The university was elevated to university status in 1960, making it Sweden’s fourth state university. And as student numbers increased, lack of space made it necessary to move the majority of the university’s operations to Frescati by 1970.
In 2009, the university participates in regional, national and international collaborations, and exchange agreements with some 600 academic partners around the world. With more than 31,000 students and 5,000 members of staff within the humanities, law, science, social sciences and teacher training, Stockholm University is one of the largest in Northern Europe.
The university’s vision is that by 2015, the majority of our teaching and research programmes will be nationally outstanding and internationally prominent.
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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 Institutet (KI) is one of the world’s foremost medical universities. Karolinska’s vision is to make a significant contribution to the improvement of human health; their mission is to conduct research and education and to interact with the community.
With over 14,500 students and 1,700 postgraduate students, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is Sweden’s largest technological university. The Institute conducts education and research across a broad spectrum – from natural science to all branches of technology.