Organization:Linköping University

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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)
Linköping, Norrköping, and Lidingö
Campus4: Campus Valla, Campus US, Campus Norrköping, Campus Lidingö
ColorsBlue, Turquoise and Green
AffiliationsEUA, ECIU, OUT

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]


  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Filosofiska fakulteten)
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Medicinska fakulteten/Hälsouniversitetet) and Linköping University Hospital
  • Linköping Institute of Technology (Linköpings tekniska högskola)
  • Faculty of Educational Sciences (Utbildningsvetenskap)

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.

  • Science Park Mjärdevi Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping hosts 350 technology companies, from start-ups to multinationals, with 6,500 employees (2017). The largest residents of Mjärdevi are Ericsson, IFS and Infor. Major multinationals such as ARRIS Group, Flextronics, Autoliv and Toyota Industries are also represented.[20]
  • Norrköping Science Park in Norrköping hosts approximately 130 companies. Main areas for research and development are printed electronics, interactivity and visualisation.[21]

Notable faculty

  • Gerhard Andersson, Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Anders Blomqvist, Professor of Pain Research
  • Christian Berggren, Professor of Industrial Management
  • Magnus Berggren, Professor of Organic Electronics
  • Per-Erik Ellström, Professor of Education
  • Fredrik Gustafsson, Professor of Sensor Informatics
  • Lars Hultman, Professor of Materials Science
  • Olle Inganäs, Professor of Organic Electronics
  • Lennart Ljung, Professor of Control Theory
  • Nina Lykke, Professor of Gender Studies
  • Jan-Ove Palmberg, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Jerker Rönnberg, Professor of Psychology
  • Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Professor of Ethnicity
  • Stefan Thor, Professor of Biology
  • Anthony Turner, Professor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics

Notable former faculty

  • Stig Hagström, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science
    • One of the founders of Linköping University
    • Leading researcher in materials science
  • Harold Lawson, former Professor of Telecommunications and Computer Systems
  • Ingemar Lundström, Professor Emeritus of Applied Physics
    • Leading researcher in biosensors and chemical sensors
    • Chairman for the Nobel Committee for Physics
  • Hans Rådström, former Professor of Applied Mathematics
    • Mathematician who made many important contributions
  • Erik Sandewall, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
    • Leading researcher in artificial intelligence
    • AAAI Fellow
  • Vladimir Mazya, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
    • Known for his work on Sobolev spaces
  • Åke Öberg, Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering
    • Leading researcher in circulatory physiology, bio-optics, biomedical instrumentation, sensors and clinical engineering

Notable alumni

  • Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of Volvo, former CEO of Ericsson and chairman of BP
  • Nashwa Eassa
  • Henry Radamson, Swedish professor of microelectronics and semiconductor, member of Chinese Academy of Science
  • Anders Flodström, professor of Materials physics at the Royal Institute of Technology, former Rector of the Royal Institute of Technology, former University Chancellor of Sweden and Head of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education
  • Gustav Fridolin, former Minister for Education in the Government of Sweden
  • Therése Sjömander Magnusson, head of the Nordic Africa Institute
  • Jan Malm, former CEO, Ericsson China, 2000–2004
  • Jan-Eric Sundgren, former Rector of Chalmers Institute of Technology, now Senior Vice President, Volvo Group
  • Ola Tunander, Former Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo
  • Åke Svensson, Director General of Teknikföretagen (employers' organisation for engineering companies), former President and CEO Saab AB
  • Björn von Sydow, former Speaker of the Riksdag and Minister for Defence 1997-2002
  • Cecilia Widegren, Member of the Riksdag and Vice Chairman in The Parliamentary Defense Committee and Group
  • Zhong Zhihua, Rector of Tongji University, Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
  • Bertil Andersson, former President of Nanyang Technological University

See also

  • List of universities in Sweden
  • Lysator, the oldest computer society in Sweden. Founded in 1973.


  1. "New look for LiU". Linköping University. 2015-05-20. 
  2. "Full of vision and energy, with his feet firmly on the ground". Linköping University. 
  3. "LiU in figures". Linköping University. 
  4. "Grafisk manual". Linköping University. 
  5. "History of Linköping University". Linköping University. 
  6. "Organisation". Linköping University. 
  7. "Organisation". Linköping University. 
  8. "Collaboration". Linköping University. 
  9. "LiU in figures". Linköping University. 
  10. "History of Linköping University". Linköping University. 
  11. "Dejta en växt – eller yoga ihop med en - Linköpings universitet" (in sv-SE). 
  12. "Join us for: Plantarium" (in en). 29 May 2017. 
  13. "Om du vill ha sällskap – dejta en pelargon" (in sv). 2017-06-01. 
  14. "About LiU". Linköping University. 
  15. "Strategic research areas". Linköping University. 
  16. "About LiU". Linköping University. 
  17. "Centres of Excellence in Higher Education". Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. 
  18. "Visit Linköping University". Linköping University. 
  19. "About C". Norrköping Visualization Center C. 
  20. "Mjärdevi Science Park". Mjärdevi Science Park. 
  21. "Norrköping Science Park". Norrköping Science Park. 

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