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University of Gothenburg

University of Gothenburg
Göteborgs universitet
Latin: Universitas Gothoburgensis
MottoTradita innovare innovata tradere
Motto in English
Renew our heritage and pass it on renewed
Established1891; 133 years ago (1891)
  • EMU
Vice-ChancellorMalin Broberg
Students53,624 (2023),[1] 28,462 (FTE)[1]
Colours    blue, white

The University of Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborgs universitet) is a university in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg. Founded in 1891,[2] the university is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities and, with 53,624 students and 6,707 staff members,[3] it is one of the largest universities in the Nordic countries.


With its eight faculties and 38 departments, the University of Gothenburg is one of the most wide-ranging and versatile universities in Sweden. Its eight faculties offer training in the Creative Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Education, Information Technology, Business, Economics and Law, and Health Sciences.

The University of Gothenburg has the highest number of applicants per study place in many of its subjects and courses, making it one of the most popular universities in Sweden.


Library of social sciences, formerly main library
Library of social sciences, silent reading hall

The University of Gothenburg was founded as Göteborgs högskola (Gothenburg University College) in 1891. In 1907 it was granted the same status as Uppsala University and Lund University by the Swedish government, thus creating Sweden's third university.

Over the course of time, it has merged with a number of previously independent higher education institutions in the city and has continuously expanded its study profile. It was granted the rights of a full university by the Swedish Government in 1954, following the merger of the Göteborgs högskola (Gothenburg College) with the Medicinhögskolan i Göteborg (Gothenburg Medical School).[4]

The University of Gothenburg is a pronounced city university, that is most of its facilities are within the city centre of Gothenburg. The main building as well as most faculties are located in the central part of Gothenburg.

Together with Uppsala, Lund, and Stockholm universities, it is one of four large international research universities in Sweden.



The entrance (left) to and the auditorium (right) of the main administrative building of the university.

The University of Gothenburg is one of Sweden's largest universities. It is a comprehensive university, organised into eight faculties and 38 departments. The university is a public authority as well as a confederation of Faculty Boards. Each faculty/school has significant autonomy based on its attributed powers, and a distinct identity within the university.

The University Board is the university's highest decision-making body.[5] The board consists has "supervision over all the University's affairs, and is responsible that its duties are fulfilled". The Swedish Government appoints seven of the members externally, based on their having experience in activities that have significance for the university's teaching and research functions. In addition, the vice-chancellor, three faculty members and three students, as well as union representatives are included as ordinary members.

The day-to-day management is headed by the vice-chancellor, Malin Broberg, who is responsible for implementing the decisions of the board.[6] She is supported by the central administration.


Modern architecture: Sahlgrenska Academy (left) and the reading hall of the School of Business and Law (right).
GU offers a large variety of academic disciplines, e.g. Department of Geosciences (left) and Department of Swedish Studies (right).

The university is organised into eight academic faculties.[7] Collaboration across faculty and subject boundaries is emphasised in the university's research and education strategies. All faculties takes advantage of this possibility and are active participants in a multitude of cross-disciplinary research and education activities within the framework of the university. The university closely cooperates with Chalmers University of Technology, a fact that further increases the total scope of the academic environment in Gothenburg.

  • The Artistic Faculty (Konstnärliga fakulteten) offers courses in the fields of design and crafts, film studies, photography, scene, music and fine arts.
  • The Faculty of Education (Utbildningsvetenskapliga fakulteten) is responsible for teacher training in various subjects.
  • The Faculty of Humanities (Humanistiska fakulteten) comprises the humanities, for instance cultural studies, history, literature, history of ideas, religion, archeology, modern languages, philosophy, linguistics, theory of science and Swedish language and literature.
The Faculty of Arts
  • The IT Faculty (IT fakulteten) offers programmes in applied information technology, computer science and engineering.
  • The Faculty of Natural Sciences (Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten) covers a number of science disciplines such as botany, cell and molecular biology, physics, earth sciences, chemistry, conservation, marine ecology, mathematics, environmental science, and zoology.
  • The Sahlgrenska Academy (Sahlgrenska Akademin) is the faculty of medicine at the University of Gothenburg. Research and education in medicine, odontology and health and care sciences.
  • The School of Business, Economics and Law (Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet) is a business school and a law school.
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences (Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten) offers courses in peace and development studies, public administration, journalism, psychology, social anthropology, social work, sociology, political science, and European studies.

World ranking

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[8]101–150 (2023)
QS World[9]187 (2024)
THE World[10]201–250 (2024)
USNWR Global[11]=146 (2023)

University of Gothenburg was ranked number 201 in the world by Times Higher Educations 2023.

Noted people


Artisten – Academy of Music and Drama
Lotta Lotass, writer and former member of the Swedish Academy.

Vice-Chancellors of the University of Gothenburg

  • 1891 Axel Kock
  • 1891–1893 Hjalmar Edgren
  • 1893–1899 Johannes Paulson
  • 1899–1909 Johan Vising
  • 1909–1914 Ludvig Stavenow
  • 1914–1931 Otto Sylwan
  • 1931–1936 Bernhard Karlgren
  • 1936–1951 Curt Weibull
  • 1951–1966 Hjalmar Frisk
  • 1966–1972 Bo Eric Ingelmark
  • 1972–1982 Georg Lundgren
  • 1982–1986 Kjell Härnqvist
  • 1986–1992 Jan S. Nilsson
  • 1992–1997 Jan Ling
  • 1997–2003 Bo Samuelsson
  • 2003–2006 Gunnar Svedberg
  • 2006–2017 Pam Fredman
  • 2017–2023 Eva Wiberg
  • 1st of July 2023 Malin Broberg

See also


  1. ^ a b c Facts and Figures (English). University of Gothenburg
  2. ^ O'Yeah, Zac (8 March 2019). "Gothenburg: A City Built on Rock 'n' Roll". National Geographic Traveller India. Archived from the original on 13 March 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  3. ^ facts and figures University of Gothenburg
  4. ^ "History – About the University, University of Gothenburg, Sweden". University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Sidan kunde inte hittas". Göteborgs universitet. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Organisation – About the University, University of Gothenburg, Sweden". University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Faculties – About the University, University of Gothenburg, Sweden". University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 14 September 2023.
  8. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2023". Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2024". 19 June 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  10. ^ "World University Rankings". 6 August 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  11. ^ "U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2022-23". Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  12. ^ Haq, Junaidul (28 May 2016). "Ethos behind a war". The Daily Observer.
  13. ^ Engström, Anne (26 June 2022). "Bäckadräkten – en Folkdräkt fri från det Binära". Borås Tidning (in Swedish). Borås. Archived from the original on 30 June 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2024.

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