The story in years
It required cunning, stubbornness and commitment from locals, doctors and dentists, politicians and civil servants to make the first higher education institutions in the north of Sweden possible in Umeå.
What started off as provisional institutions and spin-offs from other, already established universities, became a real university itself in 1965. A university that in 50 years has become not only well-esteemed but also sought after. It is a driving force for knowledge in the region and a meeting place in the world. Up until today, more than half a million students and researchers have shaped their futures here at Umeå University.
Below is a small selection of Umeå University’s history – neither complete nor comprehensive, but rather a sample from the past to read, enjoy and maybe to arouse your curiosity.
* Another, more descriptive history is available in the anniversary edition of our magazine Think – and more is to come; in other formats, other stories and other voices.