The Karolinska Institutet ranks consistently as one of the top 10 medical universities in Europe – and it’s no secret why. An astounding 40 percent of medical academic research in Sweden takes place at Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet’s history is long and prestigious, to say the least. And the future is bright. Founded by King Karl XIII in 1810, the university’s primary purpose was to train army surgeons in order to prepare for future wars.
Now that Sweden has been at peace for the past 200 years, Karolinska Institutet is still a world-player in many other regards.
Karolinska Institutet has collaborative agreements with over 150 universities in 30 countries around the world, and its 6,000 full-time students are also encouraged to spend time abroad.
The university offers competitive programmes in health and dental care in Swedish, and bachelor’s and master’s programmes in biomedicine and public health in English.
Just as the university’s programmes and research spans all fields of medicine, the Karolinska Institutet itself spans across Stockholm. It has has a large campus in Huddinge, next door to Södertörn University, as well as an expanding campus in Solna, northwest of Stockholm.
The northern branch is a portion of the new Hagastaden district currently in development, strengthening the connection between central Stockholm and Solna. Study environments are also in place at the Stockholm South Hospital and the Danderyd Hospital.
One of the most prestigious occasions at the university each year is the selection of the Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet.
And while the decision is made by the Nobel Assembly, students at the university also play a role: they get to celebrate with the laureates themselves at the Nobel Night Cap event, and can attend in a special lecture from the laureate at Karolinska Institutet as well.