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Linkoping University

Linköping University
Linköpings universitet
Linkoping University Logo.svg
Linköping University logo[1]
TypePublic university
PresidentDr. Jan-Ingvar Jönsson [2]
Administrative staff
1,415 (FTE, 2019)
Students17,907 (FTE, 2019)[3]
606 (FTE, 2019)
Campus4: Campus Valla, Campus US, Campus Norrköping, Campus Lidingö
ColorsBlue, Turquoise and Green
AffiliationsEUA, ECIU

Linköping University (Swedish: Linköpings universitet, LiU) is a public university in Linköping, Sweden. Linköping University was granted full university status in 1975 and is now one of Sweden's larger academic institutions.[5] Education, research and PhD training are the mission of four faculties: Arts and Sciences, Educational Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Institute of Technology.[6] In order to facilitate interdisciplinary work, there are 12 large departments combining knowledge from several disciplines and often belonging under more than one faculty.[7] Linköping University emphasises dialogue with the surrounding business sphere and the community at large, both in terms of research and education.[8] In 2018, Linköping University was home to 32,000 students and 4,000 employees.[9]


Kårallen building in Linköping.
Campus Valla.
Studenthuset on Campus Valla opened in 2019. It contains the library, student services and many study areas.
Student union building on Campus Valla.
Kåkenhus building on Campus Norrköping
Kåkenhus building in Norrköping.
Campus Norrköping.
Carl Malmsten building in Lidingö.
A retired Cray X-MP/416 supercomputer was used as a bench in one of the buildings on Campus Valla until 2015. It is now in the northeast foyer of the B building.
Former logo, used until 2015.

The origins of Linköping University date back to the 1960s. In 1965, The Swedish National Legislative Assembly (Riksdag) decided to locate some programmes within the fields of technology and medicine to Linköping. In 1967 a branch of Stockholm University was placed in Linköping, offering education within humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Two years later a unit for medical training and the Institute of Technology were established. In 1970 all activities were brought together in three faculties within the Linköping University College: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Technology. Linköping University was established in 1975.

In 1977 former teacher training colleges in Linköping and Norrköping were transferred to Linköping University and in 1986 the Faculty of Health Sciences was formed, based on the faculty of medicine and regional funded education in health care professions. In 1997 a campus was opened in the neighbouring city of Norrköping. The renowned Carl Malmsten School of Furniture (Malmstens Linköping University) has been part of Linköping University since 2000. After almost 60 years at the city centre, the school moved into new premises on the outskirts of Stockholm in 2009.[10]

In June 2017 the gender studies faculty arranged a workshop where humans could speed date plants and do yoga.[11][12][13]


Linköping University pursues research and postgraduate studies within the fields of technology, medicine, and humanities, natural, educational, social and behavioural sciences. It is particularly noted for its openness to multidisciplinary research and, in 1980, was the first Swedish university to introduce interdisciplinary thematic research at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a cross-subject, interdisciplinary perspective in graduate schools for PhD students.[14]

Linköping University receives research grants from the Swedish government within five strategic research areas: IT and mobile communication, materials science, security and emergency management, e-Science and transport research.[15]


Linköping University offers education at the basic and advanced levels via 120 study programmes, 550 single-subject courses and specialised as well as interdisciplinary postgraduate studies. A large number of the degree programmes lead to qualified professional degrees in fields such as medicine, business and economics, teacher education and engineering. Many of the programmes are interdisciplinary, combining for example industrial management and engineering, medicine and engineering, or integrating economics, law and languages.[16] In 1986 the Faculty of Health Sciences became the first faculty in Sweden to put problem-based learning into practice within medical training and health-care programmes. In 2007, the Medical Programme and the Department of Electrical Engineering, Control systems were recognised as Centres of Excellence in Higher Education by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. The recognition was based on a thorough quality assessment by a panel of experts.[17]


University campuses

Education and research are conducted at three campuses in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping, situated approximately 200-160 kilometres south of Stockholm, and a fourth campus in Lidingö, Stockholm.[18]

  • Campus Valla, about three kilometers from the city centre of Linköping, is where the majority of students and researchers study and work.
  • The University Hospital campus in Linköping houses the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Campus Norrköping, is a city campus 40 kilometres northeast of Linköping. About one-fourth of the students are enrolled here.
  • The Carl Malmsten School of Furniture (Malmstens Linköping University) has been part of Linköping University since 2000. After almost 60 years at the city centre, the school moved into new premises in Lidingö, on the outskirts of Stockholm in 2009.

Research centres, selection of

  • Control, Autonomy, and Decision-making in Complex Systems (Linnaeus Centre CADICS)
  • Disaster Medicine (KcKM/Z), Centre of
  • Gender Excellence (GEXcel), The Swedish Research Council Centre of
  • Hearing and Deafness (Linnaeus Centre HEAD), Research on
  • The National Supercomputer Centre, a provider of national supercomputing resources
  • Novel Functional Materials (Linnécentrum LiLI-NFM), Linköping Linnaeus Initiative for
  • Organic Bioelektronics (OBOE), Strategic Research Centre for
  • Norrköping Visualization Center C, in cooperation with the City of Norrköping and Norrköping Science Park and Interactive Institute. The Dome Theater, constructed in 2009, is the most technically advanced dome in northern Europe.[19]

For a complete list of centres, see Organisation

Science parks

Mjärdevi Science Park Center.

Two science parks are closely connected to Linköping University.

Notable faculty

Notable former faculty

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "New look for LiU". Linköping University. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Full of vision and energy, with his feet firmly on the ground". Linköping University. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "LiU in figures". Linköping University. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Grafisk manual". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "History of Linköping University". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Organisation". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Organisation". Linköping University. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Collaboration". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "LiU in figures". Linköping University. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "History of Linköping University". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Dejta en växt - eller yoga ihop med en - Linköpings universitet". (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Join us for: Plantarium". 29 May 2017. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Om du vill ha sällskap - dejta en pelargon". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). 1 June 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "About LiU". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Strategic research areas". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "About LiU". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Centres of Excellence in Higher Education". Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ "Visit Linköping University". Linköping University. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "About C". Norrköping Visualization Center C. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ "Mjärdevi Science Park". Mjärdevi Science Park. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Norrköping Science Park". Norrköping Science Park. Retrieved 2017.

External links

Coordinates: 58°23?57?N 15°34?37?E / 58.39917°N 15.57694°E / 58.39917; 15.57694

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