The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students and more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes. 750 courses are offered in the fields of Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences and Technology.
Already in July 2004, as the second higher education institute in Sweden, the University of Gävle was environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. This certification comprises education and research in collaboration with the surrounding community. Clearly, we are at the forefront when it comes to working with sustainable development and we are immensely proud of this fact!
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the overarching research profiles of the University of Gävle. Fields of excellence are, for instance, Spatial Planning with a specialisation in sustainable built environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders which aims to prevent work-related injuries.
In 2010, the University of Gävle was given degree-awarding powers for third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment and in 2012 Health-Promoting Working Life received this permission.
Sooner than the more traditional universities, we have adapted the programmes to the demands of the market and dared to try new types of teaching, for instance different forms of distance education. Today, the University of Gävle is one of Sweden's leading universities when it comes to distance education. Certain distance courses have meetings on one of the campus sites, others are based on modern IT support only. The wide range of distance courses enables students to live in their home town and still carry out academic studies.
Our campus at Kungsbäck in Gävle offers a lovely study environment with all teaching in one location. It is a place of knowledge only a few minutes from the centre.
Our campus is situated in a scenic area with Gävle River and the Boulogner Forest as our closest neighbours. The carefully re-built regiment barracks now contain a campus concentrated in space, enabling students, lecturers and researchers alike to work together in close connection.
However, our University promotes close connections not only on campus but also with our region and the rest of the world.