Umeå University

Umeå University
Umeå Universitet
Type Public, research university
Established 17 September 1965[1]
Rector Prof. Hans Adolfsson
Academic staff
Students 30,957[2]
Location Umeå, Sweden
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA, UArctic
Map of Umeå University, from OpenStreetMap.
Aerial view of Umeå University Campus with the University Hospital of Umeå to the upper left and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences down right. Photo: Bergslagsbild
Umeå University Campus
Norra skenet. Sculpture by Ernst Nordin

Umeå University (Swedish: Umeå universitet) is a university in Umeå in the mid-northern region of Sweden. The university was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest within Sweden's present borders.

As of 2015, Umeå University has nearly 31,000 registered students (approximately 16,000 full-time students), including those at the postgraduate and doctoral level. It has more than 4,000 employees, half of which are teachers/researchers, including 368 professors.[3]

Internationally, the university is known for research relating to the genome of the Populus tree[4] and the Norway Spruce,[5] and its highly ranked Institute of (industrial) Design.[6]


The highest branch at Umeå University is the University Board of Directors. The board includes eight members (including the Board Chairman) appointed by the government, the Vice-Chancellor, three representatives for the teachers, three for other employees, and three for the students.[7]

The University Management consists of the Vice-Chancellor (rector), pro-vice-chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Senior Advisers and the University Director.

The university has four faculties and eight campus schools, more than 20 research centers and 35 departments. Most education and research are located at the main campus and Umeå Arts Campus in Umeå, with additional campuses in the cities of Skellefteå and Örnsköldsvik. The total number of students enlisted to some of the 50 different study programs and 800 separate courses exceeds 34,000.


The University today has four faculties, listed below in alphabetic order:


Umeå University has eight Campus Schools, listed below in alphabetical order:

University Hospital of Umeå

Academic profile


Prospective Swedish students make their applications to all Swedish universities at the Swedish Council for Higher Education website and international students use its counterpart in English, Information specific to non EU/EEA students (applications, tuition fees and scholarships[8]) can be found at


Umeå University Library (aka: UB) was established at the time of Umeå University's foundation in 1965, but has origins in from the Scientific Library in Umeå established in 1950 at Umeå City Library.[9] Its main building dates from 1968, but has since been extended and rebuilt, most recently in 2006. There are subsidiary libraries at the Norrland's University Hospital, at the Umeå Arts Campus and in Örnsköldsvik.


Umeå University has research departments and education in a broad range of academic disciplines, with more than thirty university departments conducting most teaching and research. Since the 1990s there are also several research centers, mostly local but some in partnership with other Swedish universities, such as the neighbouring Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Luleå University of Technology.

The university is home to more than 2,000 researchers and teachers, many of them with international background. Important research areas include ageing and population studies, infections, and forest research.

Research centers

Research centers at Umeå University[13] listed in alphabetical order:


Practically all research papers produced by the university's researchers and students are to be found in the DiVA (Digital Scientific Archive) database, founded in 2000 (see link below).


As of September 2016
University rankings
ARWU[14] 301–400
Times[15] 251–300
QS[16] 294

In the latest (2012) Academic Ranking of World Universities, the university was ranked between places 201–300 of all universities in the world[17] and at the same time by the QS World University Rankings the university was ranked 297th in the world (overall).[18] In the latest (2012/2013) Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012/2013 Umeå University was ranked between 251 and 275 out of all global universities.[19]

In 2012, the university was ranked 23rd in the world of higher education institutions under the age of 50 years by the British magazine Times Higher Education (THE).[20] In 2013 the university was ranked 1st of Sweden in the International Student Barometer on international student satisfaction by the International Graduate Insight Group.[21]

Noted people



Honorary doctorates

See also


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  2. 1 2 [ "Facts and Figures/"] Check |url= value (help). Umeå University. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  3. "Umeå University in Figures - Umeå University, Sweden". 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  4. 1 2 "A Populus EST resource for plant functional genomics". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  5. 1 2 by Sederoff. "The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution : Nature : Nature Publishing Group". Nature. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  6. "ranking13 – Universities – Americas Europe | Red Dot Award: Design Concept". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  7. "The University Board - University Management - Umeå University, Sweden". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  8. "Fees and scholarships". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  9. "About the Library | Umeå University Library". 1969-03-03. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  10. "Welcome to the Department of Biobank Research - Department of Biobank Research - Umeå University, Sweden". 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  11. "Infection research receives continued Linnaeus Centre funding with 45 million SEK during the second five-year period - Search Facilities - Umeå University, Sweden". 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  12. Eva-Maria Diehl (2013-04-29). "Umeå Plant Science Centre receives top review – "among the world's best" - Umeå Plant Science Centre". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  13. Research Centres at Umeå University website
  14. "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  15. "World University Rankings 2016-2017". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  16. "QS World University Rankings 2016/17". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  17. "ARWU World University Rankings 2012". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  18. "QS World University Rankings 2012 (overall)". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  19. "Times Higher Education World University Rankings". Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  20. "THE 100 Under 50 university rankings: results". Times Higher Education. 31 May 2012.
  21. "Umeå University ranked 1st in International Student Satisfaction: results". 22 February 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  22. "Tor Troeng UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  23. "Vale Jan Anderson (12 May 1932 – 28 August 2015)". Australian National University. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.

Coordinates: 63°49′14″N 20°18′13″E / 63.82056°N 20.30361°E / 63.82056; 20.30361

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