Umeå University

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Umeå University (Swedish: Umeå universitet) is a university in Umeå in the mid-northern region of Sweden. The university was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest within Sweden's present borders.

During the seventies the university became known as the "red university" due to a large number of student strikes and a large share of left-wing politically active students. Since then conditions have normalised and Umeå University now has over 34,000 registered students, including master and doctoral students. It has more than 4,000 employees, including 332 full professors.

Internationally, the university is known for research relating to the genome of the Populus tree (Life sciences), contributions to the Gleason problem and function spaces on fractals (mathematics) and its school of industrial design which gives degree programs in English open to students from all of the world. It is also the one of largest providers of distance education courses in the Nordic countries.




Umeå University has four faculties and nine campus schools, with additional campuses in the cities of Skellefteå and Örnsköldsvik. The total number of students enlisted to some of the 50 different study programs and 800 separate courses exceeds 29,000.

The University today has four faculties, listed below in alphabetic order:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Umeå University has nine Campus Schools, listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Umeå Institute of Design - is a college within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University. The Institute opened in 1989 and is designed and equipped solely for the teaching of industrial design. The Umeå Institute of Design is known around the world for its high academic standards. It's the only Swedish school on BusinessWeek's top 60 list of design school in the world.
  • Umeå Institute of Technology - is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University. The Institute offers a wide range of study programmes, some of them not to be found in any other part of Sweden. Research in engineering is gradually being expanded. The faculty's traditionally strong position in natural sciences form a base on which new technology research is built. The Institute is a member of CDIO.

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