History of University of Gävle

Milestones

July 1, 1977
University College of Gävle/Sandviken is established. Wenche Nerdrum-Ullman is the first Vice-Chancellor of the University.

1979/1980
The local study programmes Preventive Care Programme and Business Technology Programme are established.

Autumn 1980
YTH (first-cycle applied technology programme) Steel is established.

1981
A new organisation with two departments - for Behavioural Sciences, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and for subject fields of Methodology and Communication - is established.

1982/1983
The municipal higher education in ADP is located to the University.

1983
A local Study Programme in Computer Technology is established in Sandviken.

1983/1984
The number of full-time equivalent places increases to approximately 1 100.

1985
A local Study Programme in Electronics is established in Sandviken.

1986
The Real Estate Management Programme and YTH (first-cycle applied technology programme) Office are established.

1988
The two-year Study Programme in Material Science and Production Technology Engineering begins.

1989
Birgitta Stymne appointed as Vice-Chancellor.
A new study programme for compulsory school teachers grades 1-7 begins.

1990
The number of full-time equivalent places increases to approximately 1 300.

1992
The one-year Study Programme in Real Estate Brokering, the first in the country, begins.  This year, a project for developing contacts with universities for teacher and student exchanges is also initiated.

1993
An extensive organisational change results in a division of the activities into five departments with subject sections.
A faculty board responsible for the study programmes and a research board responsible for the direct government funding for research are established.

1995
The activities of the university are coordinated and moved to Kungsbäck in Gävle to rebuilt facilities previously occupied by the Hälsinge regiment.

The same year, the International Office of the university is established.

A Pre-school Teacher Education with a specialisation in Natural Sciences and Technology, the first in the country, and the Study Programme Creative Programming, which combines computer sciences with artistic expertise are also established this year.

1996
The University College of Health Sciences moves to Kungsbäck.

1998
The University changes its Swedish name to Högskolan i Gävle.
The student accommodations in Midgårdslunden close to the University are completed and students move in.

The same year, the Study Programme Environment-Communication-Economics begins.

2000
BMG (Built Environment in Gävle) is integrated inti the university

2001
Leif Svensson is appointed as Vice-Chancellor.

2002
The University College of Health Sciences is integrated in the University and becomes a separate department, the Department of Health Sciences and Social Care.

2003
The Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CBF) is integrated into the University.

2008
Maj-Britt Johansson is appointed as Vice-Chancellor.

2010
Three faculties substitute the previous six departments and a joint education and research board is established.

The University is granted permission to offer third-cycle study programmes in the profile area of Built environment.

2011
The first doctoral students are admitted for third-cycle studies in the area of Built Environment

2012
The University is, for the second time, granted permission to offer third-cycle study programmes in a profile area, now in Health-promoting Working Life.
The study programme in Automation Engineering begins.

University of Gävle is lead partner for the Industrial PhD School Reesbe and twelve PhD students are recruited.

The first edition of the university magazine LEVE! is published.

2013
Swedish Higher Education Authority evaluate the quality of first and second-cycle study programmes. The programmes in Land Surveying, Spatial Planning and Energy Systems at the University of Gävle get top grade.

2014
Three Honorary Doctorates are nominated: Nawal el Saadawi, Egyptian medical doctor, author and avocate for human rights; Arne Ljungqvist, medical doctor in Sports Medicine and Professor in Anti-Doping and Per Laurell, Chief Executive of Gävle Energi.

The Co-op programme in Mechanical Engineering is the ninth best study programme in the country in a survey made by Swedish enterprise. In Co-op studies are combined with periods of paid work at a company.

The Research Foundation Forte awards the Forte Centre The Body at Work - from problem to potential additional funding of 20 million SEK.

2015
The Krusenstierna Hall is inaugurated, a modern hall for dissertations and lectures. At the day of the inauguration, the first PhD student of the University defends his thesis "How memory of the past, a predictable present and expectations of the future underpin adaptation to sound environment".

The technique in automation - such as roboticts, artificial intelligence and image processing - is developing very fast and University of Gävle invests in four high-tech laboratories for service robots, Exo-legs, development of electronic smell sensors and digital image processing.

University of Gävle is second best in Sweden among broad universities when it comes to the number of first-hand applicants to study programmes. Our Study Programme in Business Administration is the 12th most popular programme in the country.

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