Stockholm University

Stockholm University

Overview
Stockholm University is a state university in Stockholm
Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 851,155 in the municipality , 1.37 million in the urban area , and around 2.1 million in the metropolitan area...

, Sweden
Sweden
Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

. It has over 28,000 students at four faculties, making it one of the largest universities in Scandinavia
Scandinavia
Scandinavia is a cultural, historical and ethno-linguistic region in northern Europe that includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, characterized by their common ethno-cultural heritage and language. Modern Norway and Sweden proper are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula,...

. The institution is also frequently regarded as one of the top 100 universities in the world. Stockholm University was granted university status in 1960 and is therefore the fourth oldest Swedish university.

In 1878, the university college
University college
The term "university college" is used in a number of countries to denote college institutions that provide tertiary education but do not have full or independent university status. A university college is often part of a larger university...

 Stockholms högskola started its operations with a series of lectures on natural sciences, open to curious citizens (a tradition still upheld by yearly publicly open lectures).
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Stockholm University is a state university in Stockholm
Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 851,155 in the municipality , 1.37 million in the urban area , and around 2.1 million in the metropolitan area...

, Sweden
Sweden
Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

. It has over 28,000 students at four faculties, making it one of the largest universities in Scandinavia
Scandinavia
Scandinavia is a cultural, historical and ethno-linguistic region in northern Europe that includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, characterized by their common ethno-cultural heritage and language. Modern Norway and Sweden proper are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula,...

. The institution is also frequently regarded as one of the top 100 universities in the world. Stockholm University was granted university status in 1960 and is therefore the fourth oldest Swedish university.

History


In 1878, the university college
University college
The term "university college" is used in a number of countries to denote college institutions that provide tertiary education but do not have full or independent university status. A university college is often part of a larger university...

 Stockholms högskola started its operations with a series of lectures on natural sciences, open to curious citizens (a tradition still upheld by yearly publicly open lectures). Notable in the university's early history is the appointment of Sofia Kovalevskaya
Sofia Kovalevskaya
Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya , was the first major Russian female mathematician, responsible for important original contributions to analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe.She was also one of the first females to...

 to hold a chair in mathematics in 1889, making her the third female professor in Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

. In 1904 the college became an official degree granting institution.

In 1960, it was granted university status, becoming Sweden's fourth state university. The university premises was situated in central Stockholm at Observatorielunden but as enrollment increased, lack of space made it necessary to move. Since 1970 most of the university operations are pursued at the main campus at Frescati
Frescati (Stockholm)
Frescati is a park-like area on the northern outskirts of Stockholm. The name has occationally been spelled Freskati. Originally it was a part of Norra Djurgården but was granted to the societé for building private villas...

 north of the city center.

Field stations


Askö Laboratory (Marine research)

Tarfala (Glaciology and Mountain)

Tjärnö (Marine Biology)

Tovetorp (Ethology)

Tullbotorp (Botany)

Centers and Institutes


Stockholm University School of Business
Stockholm University School of Business
Stockholm University School of Business Stockholm University School of Business belongs to Stockholm University...



Bergius Botanic Garden

Manne Siegbahn Laboratory

The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics

Stockholm Center for Marine Research (SMF)

Centre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (CTM)

Student unions


Prior to 2008, Stockholm University had only one student union called "Stockholm University's Student Union" (Stockholm universitets studentkår, SUS). However as of 2008 the computer and system science students and the teacher students have their own, independent, student unions called DISK and "The Teacher's College's Student Union" (Lärarhögskolans studentkår). The law students also have their own student union, as do journalism students (Studentkåren vid JMK).

The future of the Teacher's College's Student Union is however not entirely safe, as Stockholm University's Student Union has declared it will begin talks with the Teacher's College's Student Union on transferring its members to it, as it already has a teacher's division
In contrast to common belief DISK does not stand for anything. As a further setback for DISK and the Law Student's Union, the board of Stockholm University has now rejected the applications from DISK and the other unions to have a status of student union in favour of Stockholm University's Student Union. Thus, after the overturn of the mandatory student union membership, the university will only recognize SUS as a representative body for the students.

Notable alumni

  • See also :Category:Stockholm University alumni
  • Svante Arrhenius
    Svante Arrhenius
    Svante August Arrhenius was a Swedish scientist, originally a physicist, but often referred to as a chemist, and one of the founders of the science of physical chemistry...

     (1859–1927), awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to scientists in the various fields of chemistry. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895, awarded for outstanding contributions in chemistry, physics, literature,...

     1903; professor and rector of the University.
  • Ingmar Bergman
    Ingmar Bergman
    Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage and television. Described by Woody Allen as "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera", he is recognized as one of the most accomplished and...

    , film director.
  • Hans Bielenstein
    Hans Bielenstein
    Hans Bielenstein is a Swedish sinologist and Professor Emeritus from Columbia University specialising in the history of the Han Dynasty.-Life:...

    , sinologist.
  • Carl Bildt
    Carl Bildt
    , Honorary KCMG is a Swedish politician, diplomat and nobleman. Formerly Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994 and leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999, Bildt has served as Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs since 6 October 2006...

    , Prime Minister of Sweden 1991-1994, and Foreign Minister since 2006.
  • Hans Blix
    Hans Blix
    is a Swedish diplomat and politician for the Liberal People's Party. He was Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs . Blix was also the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission from March 2000 to June 2003, when he was succeeded by Dimitris Perrikos...

     (LLD), diplomat.
  • Horace Engdahl
    Horace Engdahl
    Horace Oscar Axel Engdahl is a Swedish literary historian and critic, and has been a member of the Swedish Academy since 1997. He was the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, i.e. its spokesman, from 1999 to June 2009, when he was succeeded by historian Peter Englund.-Biography:Engdahl was...

    , former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy
    Swedish Academy
    The Swedish Academy , founded in 1786 by King Gustav III, is one of the Royal Academies of Sweden.-History:The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786 by King Gustav III. Modelled after the Académie française, it has 18 members. The motto of the Academy is "Talent and Taste"...

    .
  • Hans von Euler-Chelpin
    Hans von Euler-Chelpin
    Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin was a German-born Swedish biochemist. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1929 with Arthur Harden for their investigations on the fermentation of sugar and fermentative enzymes.He was professor of general and organic chemistry at Stockholm University...

    , awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to scientists in the various fields of chemistry. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895, awarded for outstanding contributions in chemistry, physics, literature,...

     1929.
  • Harry Flam
    Harry Flam
    Harry Flam is a professor of international economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University. During the years of 2004 and 2006, he was Dean of the School of Business at Stockholm University. His main area of research is international trade and European economic...

    , Swedish economist, Dean of the School of Business.
  • Dag Hammarskjöld
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. An early Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. He is the only person to have been awarded a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize. Hammarskjöld...

     (Doctorate in Economics 1933), U.N. Secretary General.
  • Signe Hammarsten-Jansson
    Signe Hammarsten-Jansson
    Signe "Ham" Hammarsten-Jansson was a Swedish graphic artist who designed, among other things, around 220 Finnish postage stamps during the course of three decades...

     (1882–1970), Class of 1905 - Swedish illustrator.
  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden, studied Art History
    Art history
    Art history has historically been understood as the academic study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts, i.e. genre, design, format, and style...

     and Ethnology
    Ethnology
    Ethnology is the branch of anthropology that compares and analyzes the origins, distribution, technology, religion, language, and social structure of the ethnic, racial, and/or national divisions of humanity.-Scientific discipline:Compared to ethnography, the study of single groups through direct...

    .
  • Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
    Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
    Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland is the heiress-apparent to the Swedish throne. If she ascends to the throne as expected, she will be Sweden's fourth queen regnant .-Early life:...

     studied Political Science
    Political science
    Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

    .
  • Karin Kock-Lindberg
    Karin Kock-Lindberg
    Karin Kock-Lindberg, née Kock , Swedish politician and professor of economics. In 1947 she became the first woman to hold a Ministerial position in Sweden. She was also the first female professor of national economy of her country...

    , first woman to hold a Ministerial position in Sweden, and first female professor of national economy in Sweden.
  • Barbro Osher, diplomat and philanthropist.
  • Olof Palme
    Olof Palme
    Sven Olof Joachim Palme was a Swedish politician. A long-time protegé of Prime Minister Tage Erlander, Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 to his assassination, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden, heading a Privy Council Government from 1969 to 1976 and a cabinet...

    , Prime Minister of Sweden.
  • Andreas Papandreou
    Andreas Papandreou
    Andreas G. Papandreou ; 5 February 1919 – 23 June 1996) was a Greek economist, a socialist politician and a dominant figure in Greek politics. The son of Georgios Papandreou, Andreas was a Harvard-trained academic...

    , Greek prime minister. Taught at the university 1968-1969.
  • Georgios Papandreou
    George Papandreou
    Georgios A. Papandreou , commonly anglicised to George and shortened to Γιώργος in Greek, is a Greek politician who served as Prime Minister of Greece following his party's victory in the 2009 legislative election...

    , Greek prime minister. Studied sociology 1972-1973.
  • Fredrik Reinfeldt
    Fredrik Reinfeldt
    John Fredrik Reinfeldt is the Prime Minister of Sweden, leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party and former President of the European Council...

    , Prime Minister of Sweden.
  • Thomas Bodström
    Thomas Bodström
    Thomas Lennart Bodström is a Swedish politician and member of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. He was the Swedish Minister for Justice in the two last succeeding governments of the Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, from 2000 to 2006. Since October 2006 until October 2010 he was the chairman...

    , former Swedish Minister of Justice.
  • Tomas Tranströmer
    Tomas Tranströmer
    Tomas Gösta Tranströmer is a Swedish writer, poet and translator, whose poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. Tranströmer is acclaimed as one of the most important Scandinavian writers since the Second World War...

    , (Psychology degree 1956), poet and author, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Nobel Prize in Literature
    Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction"...

    .
  • Jens Lapidus
    Jens Lapidus
    Jens Lapidus is a Swedish criminal defense lawyer and author, who made his writing debut in August 2006 with Snabba Cash, an account of the Stockholm underworld, and the first of The Stockholm Noir Trilogy. Two years later the second installment, Aldrig Fucka Upp was published by Wahlström &...

    , criminal defense lawyer and best-selling author.
  • Johan Stael von Holstein
    Johan Staël von Holstein
    Lars Johan Magnus Staël von Holstein is an author and co-founder of dot-com companies such as Icon Medialab and LetsBuyIt during the dot-com boom in Sweden....

     Swedish Entrepreneur.
  • Peter Lindgren (musician)
    Peter Lindgren (musician)
    Peter Lindgren is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former guitarist of Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth...

    , former guitarist
    Guitarist
    A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar while singing.- Versatility :The guitarist controls an extremely...

     of Opeth
    Opeth
    Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's driving force throughout the years...

  • Christer Fuglesang
    Christer Fuglesang
    Dr. Arne Christer Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was first launched aboard the STS-116 Space Shuttle mission on December 10, 2006, at 01:47 GMT, making him the first Swedish citizen in space....

    , Swedish Astronaut. First Swede, and Scandinavian, in Space.

Rankings



In the 2011 QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings
The QS World University Rankings is a ranking of the world’s top 500 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds using a method that has published annually since 2004....

 Stockholm University was ranked 178th overall in the world. Its subject rankings were: 104th in Arts & Humanities, 111th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 106th in Natural Sciences, and 100th in Social Sciences.

Whereas, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities
The Academic Ranking of World Universities , commonly known as the Shanghai ranking, is a publication that was founded and compiled by the Shanghai Jiaotong University to rank universities globally. The rankings have been conducted since 2003 and updated annually...

, also in 2010, Stockholm University was placed as the 79th overall best university worldwide.

Public transportation to Stockholm University


There are many ways to get to Stockholm University, the main campus Frescati is located near the underground railway station Universitetet metro station, on the red line of the Stockholm Metro
Stockholm Metro
The Stockholm Metro is a metro system in Stockholm, Sweden. The first line opened in 1950, and today the system has 100 stations in use, of which 47 are underground and 53 above ground. There are seven lines numbered from 10 to 19, in three groups identified by a color: the Green, Red and Blue lines...

. The commuter train line Roslagsbanan
Roslagsbanan
-SL southern network:*Stockholms östra–Djursholms Ösby–Roslags Näsby–Vallentuna–Lindholmen–Kårsta *Stockholms östra–Djursholms Ösby–Roslags Näsby–Åkersberga–Österskär...

 also stop close to the main campus, at Universitetet railway station
Universitetet railway station
Universitetet is a railway station in Stockholm along the Roslag railway, named for nearby Stockholm University. The present station was inaugurated on the 7th January of 2010, replacing the older station by the same name, which had been closed for service since the 14th June of 2009...

. SL
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik AB, , commonly referred to as SL, is the organisation running all of the land based public transport systems in Stockholm County....

 buses can also be used to get to the campus.

The Computer Science campus, Kista, also is close to an underground station called Kista
Kista
Kista is a district of Stockholm Municipality in Sweden. Located northwest of central Stockholm, Kista is divided by the Stockholm Metro blue line into a western part which is primarily a working class and middle class residential area, and an eastern part occupied by commercial ventures, mostly...

. It is also located close to the pendeltåg station Helenelund, only 1-2 stops (depending on bus line) from the bus station Torsnäsgatan located next to the campus area.
The Teacher Students campus is located next to the underground station Thorildsplan
Thorildsplan
Thorildsplan is a small park in Kristineberg in Stockholm, named in 1925 after the writer Thomas Thorild .The Thorildsplan outdoor metro station was opened in 1952 and is close to Fridhemsplan....

.

See also

  • Bergian Garden of Stockholm University
  • Royal Institute of Technology
    Royal Institute of Technology
    The Royal Institute of Technology is a university in Stockholm, Sweden. KTH was founded in 1827 as Sweden's first polytechnic and is one of Scandinavia's largest institutions of higher education in technology. KTH accounts for one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education...

  • Stockholm School of Economics
    Stockholm School of Economics
    The Stockholm School of Economics or Handelshögskolan i Stockholm is one of Northern Europe's leading business schools. Its Masters in Management program is ranked no. 2 in Northern Europe and no. 13 in Europe by the Financial Times...

  • List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)
  • List of universities in Sweden

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