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.


Anniversary events

The 50th anniversary celebrations takes place throughout the entire year, with some extra highlights in the autumn.

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Welcome to celebrate with us on Instagram. Send a greeting to the world’s wisest 50 year old or share everything exciting going on during the anniversary week 12-19 September. Share memories from your past studies, your student housing, the love of your life or when you were sweating over an upcoming exam. We use the hashtag #umu50. Photos and films that are tagged will be shown here. Students, staff, alumni and friends of Umeå University – everyone is welcome to share. Apart from tagging the photo with #umu50, your account also needs to be public for it to be shown.