Chalmers University of Technology: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chalmers University of Technology
Chalmers tekniska högskola
Logo of Chalmers University of Technology
Motto Avancez
Established 1829
Type Private University
President Prof. Karin Markides
Staff 2,500
Students 8,400 (FTE, 2008)[1]
Doctoral students 1,000
Location Gothenburg, Sweden
Campus Urban

Chalmers University of Technology (Swedish: Chalmers tekniska högskola, often shortened to Chalmers), is a university in Gothenburg, Sweden, that focuses on research and education in technology, natural science and architecture. The university, together with KTH, is regarded as Sweden's most distinguished technical universities.



The University was founded in 1829 following a donation by William Chalmers, a director of the Swedish East India Company, whose ships sailed across the world to supply Europe with goods from the East. He donated some of his fortune for the establishment of an “industrial school”. Chalmers was run as a private institution until 1937, when the institute became a state owned university. In 1994, the school once again became a private institution, owned by a foundation. Along with Karolinska Institutet, Chalmers is the only university in Sweden named after a person.


On January 1, 2005, the old schools were replaced by new departments:

  1. Applied Information Technology
  2. Applied Mechanics
  3. Applied Physics
  4. Architecture
  5. Chemical and Biological Engineering
  6. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  7. Computer Science and Engineering
  8. Energy and Environment
  9. Fundamental Physics
  10. Materials and Manufacturing Technology
  11. Mathematical Sciences
  12. Microtechnology and Nanoscience
  13. Product and Production Development
  14. Radio and Space Science
  15. Shipping and Marine Technology
  16. Signals and Systems
  17. Technology Management and Economics
  18. mechanical engineering

In addition to these, Chalmers is home to six national competence centres in key fields like Mathematical Modelling, Environmental Science and Vehicle Safety (SAFER).


Approximately 40 per cent of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects are educated at Chalmers. Each year around 250 post graduate degrees are awarded as well as 850 graduate degrees. About 1,000 post-graduate students attend programmes at the university and many students are taking Master of Science engineering programmes and the Master of Architecture programme. From the year 2007 all Master's programmes are taught in English for both national and international students. This was a result of the adaption to the Bologna process that started in 2004 at Chalmers (as the first technical university in Sweden). Currently about 10% of all students at Chalmers come from countries outside Sweden to enroll in a Master's or Ph.D. programme.

List of International Masters Programmes at Chalmers

Around 2,700 students also attend Bachelor of Science engineering programmes, merchant marine and other undergraduate courses at Campus Lindholmen. Chalmers also shares some students with Gothenburg University in the joint IT University project. The IT University focuses exclusively on information technology and offers Bachelor and Master programmes with degrees issued from either Chalmers or Gothenburg University, depending on the programme.

Chalmers confers honorary doctoral degrees to people outside the university who have shown great merit in their research or in society.

In July 2009, Chalmers has announced that it will bar students from Iran and North Korea from admissions into their nuclear programmes due to both countries nuclear threats.


Chalmers is an aktiebolag with 100 shares à 1000 SEK[2], all of which is owned by a private foundation (Chalmers University of Technology Foundation) which appoints the university board and the president. The foundation has its members appointed by the Swedish government (4 to 8 seats), the departments appoints one member, the student union appoints one member and the president automatically gains one chair.[3] Each department is led by a department head, usually a member of the faculty of that department. The faculty senate represents members of the faculty when decisions are taken.



the gate of Chalmers(Gibraltar Campus)

In 1937, the school moved from the city center to the new Gibraltar Campus, named after the mansion which owned the grounds, where it is now located. The Lindholmen College Campus was created in the early 1990s and is located on the island of Hisingen. Campus Johanneberg and Campus Lindholmen, as they are now called, are connected by bus line number 16, but there have been numerous complaints that the campuses are too isolated from each other.

Societies and traditions

In Chalmers tradition is taken very seriously. From the pompous graduation ceremony to the for-fun Cortège procession everything is based on long-standing traditions.

Ties and Partnerships

Chalmers has partnerships with major industries mostly in the Gothenburg region such as Ericsson, Volvo and SKF. The University has general exchange agreements with many European and US universities and maintains a special exchange program agreement with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan where the exchange students from the two universities maintains offices for, among other things, helping local students with applying and preparing for an exchange year as well as acting as representatives (NCTU Europe - NCTU students at Chalmers, Chalmers Asia - Chalmers students at NCTU). It contributes also to the Top Industrial Managers for Europe (TIME) network.

A close collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers and ICVR at ETH Zurich is being established.

Notable alumni


Rectors (Presidents)

Although the official Swedish title for the head is “rektor”, the university now uses “President” as the English translation.

1829-1852 Carl Palmstedt
1852-1881 Eduard von Schoultz
1881-1913 August Wijkander
1913-1933 Hugo Grauers
1934-1943 Sven Hultin
1943-1958 Gustav Hössjer
1958-1966 Lennart Rönnmark
1966-1974 Nils Gralén
1974-1989 Sven Olving
1989-1998 Anders Sjöberg
1998-2006 Jan-Eric Sundgren
2006- Karin Markides

See also

External links


  1. ^ Swedish Higher Education Authority (Högskoleverket) - statistics for 2008 (Swedish), page 121
  2. ^ Statues of Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, paragraph 3 (this is a translation of the swedish text.)
  3. ^ Statues of Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, paragraph 5

Coordinates: 57°41′18″N 11°58′36″E / 57.68833°N 11.97667°E / 57.68833; 11.97667


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address