Higher education in Sweden

Higher education in Sweden is provided by a wide range of institutions. They are founded on two sets of activities:
  • Teaching
  • Research
The activities also include an obligation to interact with the surrounding society, as well as ensuring that benefit is derived from their research findings.

An international perspective

  • Funding: Sweden devotes 1.67% of GDP to higher education and research, half of which goes towards research and third cycle (doctoral) programmes.
  • Expansion: Between 1995 and 2005, the number of students in higher education rose by about 50%. In 2010, there were 433,000 students enrolled in first (undergraduate) and second (Master's) cycle programmes.
  • Well-educated population: 32% of the Swedish population between 25 and 34 years has taken a minimum of 180 higher education credits, equivalent to three years of full-time study.
  • Disciplines: Sweden awards a high proportion of qualifications in medicine and health sciences.
  • Third cycle (doctoral) studies: Sweden awards a high number of doctorates: 2.7% in relation to the size of a typical age cohort.

Link to the Swedish Universities and University Colleges: Short Version of Annual Report 2012 »

Last updated: 2012-10-08
Contact: Lennart Ståhle, Email: forename.surname@hsv.se