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The flagship university of northern Sweden
Formally established in 1965, Umeå University is a comprehensive university covering research and education in medicine, science and technology, social sciences, arts and humanities, and educational sciences.
Our cohesive campus environment enables a dynamic and open culture with a strong sense of community.
As a knowledge-driven organisation, Umeå University is striving to provide students and staff with unique opportunities for learning and development – whilst simultaneously serving society with new knowledge and creative citizens.
Since the earlies days of Umeå University, interdisciplinary collaboration has been a strong trait. This is evident in many of our most successful research environments and networks.
Many of our more than 2,000 researchers are working in top national and international research teams with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. This has enabled us to become international leaders in several research disciplines.
Umeå University’s first vice-chancellor, Lars-Gunnar Larsson, is showing a model of Campus Umeå to King Gustaf VI Adolf and Princess Sibylla, at the inauguration in 1965.
After decades of parliamentary debates about the need for a university in northern Sweden, Umeå University was inaugurated in 1965. The land where Campus Umeå is today had long been used for winter grazing by local Sami reindeer-herders.
The geographical and cultural distance to the traditional universities of central and southern Sweden was evident in the early years. At Umeå University, a distinctly non-hierarchical and collaborative culture evolved.
In April 2019, the University Board established a new Vision for Umeå University. The vision charts our way forward and describes where Umeå University aspires to be in the future. It is based on three main concepts: