Standing on the shoulders of giants

Stockholm University

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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