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Umeå University in 2015 Shanghai Ranking of top world universities

Umeå University is ranked #314th in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking. It is a slight decline from last year’s placement of #297. Umeå is 8th among higher education institutions in Sweden.

New semester begins with nearly 23,000 admitted students

Umeå University is placed third among universities in Sweden for the number of admitted students – 22,600 have accepted their offer to programmes and courses. When the autumn 2015 semester starts on 31 August, more are expected to begin studies in teacher education, social work and energy engineerin...

IceLab organizes a creative camp for young scientists

Now is the time to apply for IceLab Camp. It is a four-day communication and creativity camp for young scientists. It is based on the idea that young researchers during their undergraduate training have practiced answering questions, but that they must also learn how to ask good questions to become ...

Umeå researchers take on “ALS ice bucket challenge” - again!

On Monday 24 August, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) researchers at Umeå University and the University Hospital of Umeå endured the 2015 “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” by the campus pond to help raise awareness and funds to find treatments and a cure for the disease.

Feministiskt Perspektiv: Leading feminist economists critical towards Greek austerity

Gudrun Schyman, stateswoman and leader of the Feminist Initative party, and Åsa Gunnarsson, professor in tax law at Umeå University writes about the EU's handling of the economic crisis in Greece: "History shows that measures which contain a combination of tax-increases and cuts are created from a p...

New leadership at Umeå Institute of Design

Professor of design, Johan Redström, has been appointed the new Rector of Umeå Institute of Design (UID) at Umeå University. Starting September 1, he will lead the school together with a new rectors group.

International students arrive at Umeå University

This weekend, hundreds of new students from all around the world will arrive at Umeå University. For most of them, the autumn term begins with an introductory week – Orientation Course – full to the brim with lectures and social activities to help students get acquainted with each other and Umeå.

Northern Academic Leaders Meet in Umeå

This week 31 leading representatives for ten different countries will meet at Umeå University in Sweden. During three days these leaders will discuss how to optimize the conditions for research and education to benefit the northern and Arctic regions.

SVT documentary: All the world in a design school

"What happens to one of the world's best design schools in industry design when Sweden introduced costly tuition fees for non-European students?" Freelance film producer and director Mattias Löw investigates this dilemma in his documentary film about the Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University. ...

Order or update UmU cards for students

Most of the Umeå University students need the multifunction UmU card to borrow books from the library or access premises. Information about the card is sent out by email to all new students. If you already are a student at the university, you need to update the validity period of the card at the sta...

Significant breath from streams and rivers

Running streams are key sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but why is it so? An international team of researchers, led by Umeå University, publishes the answer in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience.

Umeå University’s Medals of Honour 2015

On 4 June, the University Board decided on honouring Bengt Palmgren, professor emeritus and Bernt Eric Uhlin, professor, with the Umeå University Medal of Honour. The medal is awarded to individuals for their outstanding contributions to the university.

Air pollution increases risk of dementia

Individuals who live in areas with increased levels of air pollution run an increased risk of developing dementia than people living in areas with cleaner air. This according to a study led by Bertil Forsberg, Professor at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University. The...

Honorary doctors at the Faculty of Science and Technology 2015

Shirley Simon, prominent English researcher in didactics focusing on science education in the science classroom, and the agricultural researcher Francois Houllier, president of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), have been appointed Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Scie...

Northern databases and data repositories lift research on ageing and dementia

Well-developed repositories and databases with patient data, connected to regular examinations using different imaging techniques, give Umeå University an advantage when it comes to research on the ageing of the brain and the development of dementia. Not only from a national perspective, but also an...

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