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The 2018 university status change


As of January 1, 2018, Malmö University was granted full university status. This followed a 2016 government decision and means more research funding, starting with an injection of 90 million SEK for 2018.

In addition, the University is now able to decide on the establishment of postgraduate programmes and research training without the need for external involvement.

Malmö University’s Vision

Malmö University has delivered a document to the government with a declaration of intent on what future direction it plans to take.

The vision includes delivering high-quality education and research conducted in collaboration with society, and to contribute to knowledge for sustainable societal development. It also highlights its role in identifying and defining important and future societal changes.

Four target areas are identified as part of the vision:

  • Balance between research and education
  • Research-related, high-quality education
  • Coherent and enriching academic environments
  • Multidisciplinary doctoral programmes and doctoral schools in areas relevant to society 

More on Malmö University's future direction

The difference between ‘högskola’ and ‘universitet’

In Sweden, an institute of higher education is only authorised to call itself a university if it has been appointed as such by the government. A university not appointed by the government — in Sweden referred to as a‘högskola’ — lacks the authority to issue general qualifications at postgraduate level, but can still award degrees at research level in limited areas.

Malmö University was the largest ‘högskola’ not to have been upgraded and has been requesting this reform since 2002.

If you want to read more about the definitions, The Swedish Higher Education Authority outlines the higher education institutions att studera.nu

Celebrations throughout 2018

Celebrations will take place throughout the year: 2018 is also the year that Malmö University is turning 20 years old.

Find more information about all events and activities that are part of the celebration here

The highlight will be a big party on August 31, 2018. Save the date!

New Swedish name and new logo

The status change will have practical implications around the University, as the name in Swedish has changed, as well as the logos in both Swedish and English. This means that printed materials, website and email addresses, and many other things are being updated.

This page will be updated with the latest information on these changes