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Campus in the city of √Ėstersund
Campus in the city of Sundsvall
Campus in the city of Härnösand

Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) is a Swedish collegiate (multi-campus) university located in the region around the geographical center of Sweden, with three campuses in the cities of √Ėstersund, Sundsvall and H√§rn√∂sand.

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History

Created on July 1, 1993, the institution was originally called Mid Sweden University College (Mitth√∂gskolan) and was the result of a merger between the University College of Sundsvall/H√§rn√∂sand (H√∂gskolan i Sundsvall/H√§rn√∂sand) and the University College of √Ėstersund (H√∂gskolan i √Ėstersund)[1]. The two university colleges had been founded in 1977, with roots in the School of social work that started in 1971 in the city of √Ėstersund, and in the Folk high school teacher seminar and the nautical training/naval school that were launched in 1842 in the city of H√§rn√∂sand. On July 1, 1995, the Sundsvall/√Ėrnsk√∂ldsvik and √Ėstersund Colleges of Health Sciences (V√•rdh√∂gskolor) were also incorporated.[2]

In 2001 Mid Sweden University was awarded university status in the natural sciences area of research including IT, and was thus entitled to issue doctoral degrees. Employees that were carrying out doctoral studies before then were enrolled at other universities, where they had their main supervisor, but also locally supervised at Mid Sweden University College. Effective January 1, 2005, the government of Sweden granted the institution the right to call itself a university and the school's name changed to Mid Sweden University ( Mittuniversitetet ).

Organization

Mid Sweden University has two authorised areas of research (vetenskapsområden), organized under the Faculty of Science, Technology and Media (since 2001), and the Faculty of Human Sciences (since 2005) respectively. Education and research is also organized under the Faculty of Educational Sciences (lärarutbildningsnämnden).

The university is organized into eight departments, of which four are multi-campus departments:

  • Faculty of Human Sciences:
    • Department of Humanities
    • Department of Social Sciences
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Technology and Media:
    • Department of Information Technology and Media
    • Department of Natural Sciences
    • Department of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
  • Faculty of Educational Sciences:
    • Department of Education

Education

The university has offered bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen) and Swedish master's degree (magisterexamen, one year) in a wide range of subjects since 1994, doctoral degree (doktorsexamen and licentiatexamen) since 2001, and International master's degree degree (masterexamen, two years) according to the Bologna model since 2005. Mid Sweden University also offers professional degrees within Master of Science and Engineering (civilingenjörsexamen, similar to German Diploma engineer) since 2003,[3] and as engineer, teacher, nurse, specialist nurse, social worker/welfare officer (socionom), journalist and, from 2008, Psychologist.

The university‚Äôs three main campuses have different focuses but with some overlap. The H√§rn√∂sand campus has a school of education and offers various courses in the humanities and arts. The Sundsvall campus has a wide range of courses and degrees in the technical and natural sciences and journalism. The √Ėstersund campus focuses on graduate degrees in tourism, health care, social work and public administration. Besides the above, education and research within digital printing technology is located to the city of √Ėrnsk√∂ldsvik.

The institution is also well-known for a wide range of web-based distance education.

Number of students and employees

In school year 2006/2007, the university had 15,408 undergraduate students (including master students) with 7,227 of them based in √Ėstersund, 5,514 in Sundsvall, 4,218 in H√§rn√∂sand and 385 in √Ėrnsk√∂ldsvik. The university had 184 doctoral students, 767 teachers, of which 66 were employed professors, and totally 900 employees.

References

  1. ^ Gunmo, Alf (2005-01-01). "Historik om Mittuniversitetet" (in Swedish). Mittuniversitetet. http://www.miun.se/MHTemplates/MHPage.aspx?id=447. Retrieved 2007-07-18.  
  2. ^ "Facts & History". Mittuniversitetet. 2007-04-03. http://www.miun.se/mhtemplates/MHPage____410.aspx. Retrieved 2007-07-18.  
  3. ^ "Mitth√∂gskolan: Ans√∂kan om r√§tt att utf√§rda civilingenj√∂rsexamen" (in Swedish) (PDF). H√∂gskoleverket. 2003-03-11. http://www.hsv.se/download/18.539a949110f3d5914ec800088013/641-2552-01.pdf. Retrieved 2007-07-18.  

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