University of Gothenburg

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University of Gothenburg
Göteborgs universite
motto Tradita innovare innovata tradere
founding 1891
Sponsorship state
place Gothenburg
country SwedenSweden Sweden
Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg
Students 26,153 ( FTE , 2017)
Employee 5,647 ( FTE , 2017)
including professors 536 (2017)
Annual budget 6.435 billion  SEK (2017)
≈ 621 million €
Networks IAU

The University of Gothenburg ( Swedish : Göteborgs universitet ; Latin : Universitas Gothoburgensis ) was founded in 1891 and is located in Gothenburg .

The main entrance (main building) of the university

Gothenburg University is the third oldest university in Sweden after Uppsala University and Lund University. With around 38,400 students (equivalent to around 26,000 full-time students) it is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia . There are about 60 institutes rsp. Departments and is therefore also one of the most technically diverse universities in Northern Europe. Its eight faculties offer courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, computers, law, economics and health sciences.

The university describes itself as “an important university in Europe”. The university has the most applicants per place in many of its degree programs and courses and is therefore also one of the most popular universities in Sweden with freshmen.

The university is located on the west coast of Sweden in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg , and is a large city university with buildings spread across the city center; it is not a campus university.


The university does well in international rankings and is usually among the 150 to 200 best universities in the world:

Ranking (year) World rank
Academic Ranking of World Universities (2014) # 151-200
Web Ranking of European Universities (2013) # 163
QS World University Rankings (2013) # 205
Times Higher Education (2012/2013) # 201-225


The social science library on Vasagatan is one of the oldest libraries in the university.

With the help of private donations, the Gothenburg University of Applied Sciences (Swedish: Göteborgs Högskola ) was founded in 1891 . The first lectures were given by seven professors with 21 students (four of them women). In 1907 the college got the same state status as the two older Swedish universities in Lund and Uppsala . By merging with the Gothenburg Medical School in 1954, it finally became - academically speaking - a university that is represented in all disciplines .

In the course of time, further, previously independent institutes were incorporated into the university. The university grew particularly strongly in the 1950s and 1960s, with the number of students increasing from 500 to 21,000.

The separate Sahlgren University Hospital acts as a training center for doctors. Most of the buildings and facilities are in the city center, so it is a city university; that is, it is spread across the city center and firmly rooted in the urban environment. The newest building is the campus for teacher training ( pedagogues ). The proportion of women among the students at Gothenburg University in 2006 was 67%.


Artists  - the department for music and theater
University library

With nine faculties and around 70 departments, Gothenburg University offers a very wide range of educational opportunities and has the largest selection of courses and lectures in Sweden.

The university cooperates with the Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in various areas .

The faculties:

  • Sahlgrenska Academy (medical training),
  • Faculty of Humanities ( Humanists ),
  • Faculty of Applied and Fine Arts ( Artists ),
  • Faculty of Social Sciences,
  • Gothenburg Commercial College ( Handelshögskolan ),
  • Faculty of Education ( educators ),
  • Faculty of Science as well
  • Faculty of the IT University of Gothenburg.



University professor

Lotta Lotass is a Swedish writer and a member of the Swedish Academy .
Category: University professors at the University of Gothenburg

Web links

Commons : Gothenburg University  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ About the University> Organization> University Management> Vice-Chancellor. Retrieved August 8, 2019 .
  2. a b c d e Årsredovisning 2017. (PDF; 4.4 MB) University of Gothenburg, February 21, 2018, pp. 7, 66 , accessed on October 25, 2018 (Swedish).
  3. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed August 18, 2019 .
  4. ( "a major European university" / "a major university in Europe" ) A major European university (English - PDF file; 2.84 MB) - accessed on: February 23, 2010
  5. Facta om Göteborgs universitet (Swedish) - accessed on: February 23, 2010
  6. Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014
  7. ^ Webometrics 2013

Coordinates: 57 ° 41 ′ 54 ″  N , 11 ° 58 ′ 18 ″  E