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Linköping University

Linköping University
Linköpings universitet
Seal of Linköping University[1]
Established 1969/1975
Type Public university
President Dr. Helen Dannetun
Administrative staff
3,675 (FTE, 2014)
Students 17,641 (FTE, 2014)[2]
1,325 (2014)
Location Linköping, Sweden
Norrköping, Sweden
, Sweden
Campus 4: Campus Valla, Campus US, Campus Norrköping, Campus Lidingö
Colors Blue, Turquoise and Green
Affiliations EUA, ECIU

Linköping University (in Swedish: Linköpings universitet, LiU) is a state university in Linköping, Sweden. Linköping University was granted full university status in 1975 and is now one of Sweden's larger academic institutions.[4] 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.[5] In order to facilitate interdisciplinary work, there are 14 large departments combining knowledge from several disciplines and often belonging under more than one faculty.[6] Linköping University emphasises dialogue with the surrounding business sphere and the community at large, both in terms of research and education.[7] In 2014, Linköping University was home to 27,000 students and 4,000 employees.[8]


  • History 1
  • Research 2
  • Education 3
  • Faculties 4
  • University campuses 5
  • Research centres, selection of 6
  • Science parks 7
  • Popular culture 8
  • Notable faculty 9
  • Notable former faculty 10
  • Notable alumni 11
  • See also 12
  • Notes 13
  • External links 14


Kårallen building in Linköping.
Campus Valla.
Student union building on Campus Valla.
The entrance to 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.
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 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.[9]


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.[10]

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.[11]


Linköping University offers education at the basic and advanced levels via 140 study programmes, 600 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.[12] 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.[13]


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.[14]

  • 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 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 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.[15]

For a complete list of centres, see Departments and Centres at Linköping University

Science parks

Mjärdevi Science Park Center.

Two science parks are closely connected to Linköping University.

Popular culture

Mentioned in the Hollywood movie Agent Cody Banks. "...The most impressive tests on microsurgery were conducted at Sweden's Linköping University..." [18]

Notable faculty

Notable former faculty

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "New look for LiU". Linköping University. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Facts & figures". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Grafisk manual" (PDF). Linköping University. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "History of Linköping University". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Faculties". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Departments". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Introduction collaboration". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Facts & figures". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  9. ^ "History of Linköping University". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  10. ^ "Introduction research". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  11. ^ "Strategic research areas". Linköping University. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  12. ^ "Introduction Education". Linköping University. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  13. ^ "Centres of Excellence in Higher Education". Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  14. ^ "Campuses". Linköping University. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  15. ^ "About C". Norrköping Visualization Center C. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  16. ^ "Mjärdevi Science Park". Mjärdevi Science Park. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  17. ^ "Norrköping Science Park". Norrköping Science Park. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  18. ^ Script of Agent Cody Bank

External links

  • Linköping University - Official site in English
  • Campuses at LiU
  • Visualization Center C

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