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Chalmers University of Technology
Chalmers tekniska högskola
Avancez (French)
Motto in English
TypePrivate technical university
Established5 November 1829; 194 years ago (1829-11-05)
PresidentMartin Nilsson Jacobi
Administrative staff
Students10,712 (FTE, 2021)[1]
Location, ,
AffiliationsIDEA, EUA, CESAER, UNITECH, EURECOM, Nordic Five Tech
Chalmers campus in Lindholmen, Gothenburg

Chalmers University of Technology (Swedish: Chalmers tekniska högskola, commonly referred to as Chalmers) is a private research university located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chalmers focuses on engineering and science, but more broadly it also conducts research and offers education in shipping, architecture and management.[2] The university has approximately 3100 employees and 10,000 students.[3]

Chalmers is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities in engineering and technology.[4][5][6]

Chalmers is coordinating the Graphene Flagship, the European Union's biggest research initiative to bring graphene innovation out of the lab and into commercial applications.[7] Additionally, Chalmers coordinates the development of a Swedish quantum computer.[8][9][10]

The university is a co-founder of the CDIO Initiative, a member of the UNITECH International program, the IDEA League, the Nordic Five Tech,[11] and the ENHANCE[12] alliances as well as the EURECOM consortium and the CESAER network.


Chalmers was founded in 1829 following a donation by William Chalmers, a director of the Swedish East India Company. He donated part of his fortune for the establishment of an "industrial school".[13] The university was run as a private institution until 1937 when it became the second state-owned technical university. In 1994 the government of Sweden reorganised Chalmers into a private company (aktiebolag) owned by a government-controlled foundation. Chalmers is one of only three universities in Sweden which are named after a person, the other two being Karolinska Institutet and Linnaeus University.


Chalmers University of Technology has the following 13 departments:[14]

Furthermore, Chalmers is home to six Areas of Advance[clarification needed] and six national competence centers[clarification needed] in key fields such as materials, mathematical modelling, environmental science, and vehicle safety.

Research infrastructure

Chalmers University of Technology's research infrastructure includes:.[15]

Rankings and reputation

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[16]401–500 (2023)
QS World[17]129 (2024)
QS Employability[18]83 (2022)
THE World[19]189 (2024)
USNWR Global[20]=337 (2023)
Global – Science and engineering
QS Engineering & Tech.[21]108 (2024)
THE Engineering[22]80 (2024)

In 2018, a benchmarking report from MIT ranked Chalmers top 10 in the world of engineering education,[23] while in 2020, the World University Research Rankings placed Chalmers 12th in the world based on the evaluation of three key research aspects, namely research multi-disciplinarity, research impact, and research cooperativeness.[24]

Additionally, in 2022 the U-Multirank characterized Chalmers as a top performing university across various indicators (i.e., teaching & learning, research, knowledge transfer and international orientation) with the highest number of ‘A’ (very good) scores on the institutional level for Sweden.[25]

Finally, in 2011, the International Professional Ranking of Higher Education Institutions, which is established on the basis of the number of alumni holding a post of chief executive officer (CEO) or equivalent in one of the Fortune Global 500 companies, Chalmers ranked 38th in the world, ranking 1st in Sweden and 15th in Europe.[26]

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024
Subjects Rank
Architecture and Built Environment 51-100
Engineering - Mechanical 56
Material Sciences 56
Engineering - Electrical and Electronic 65
Engineering - Chemical 88
Statistics and Operational Research 101-150
Engineering - Civil and Structural 101-150
Physics and Astronomy 132
Chemistry 136
Computer Science and Information Systems 142
Mathematics 146

Ties and partnerships

Chalmers is a member of the IDEA League network, a strategic alliance between five leading European universities of science and technology. The scope of the network is to provide the environment for students, researchers and staff to share knowledge, experience and resources.[27]

Moreover, Chalmers is a partner of the UNITECH International, an organization consisting of distinguished technical universities and multinational companies across Europe. UNITECH offers exchange programs consisting of studies as well as an integrated internship at one of the corporate partners.[28][29]

Chalmers is also a member of the Nordic Five Tech network, a strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.[30]

Additionally, Chalmers is a member of the ENHANCE, an alliance of ten leading Universities of Technology.[31] The partner institutions have a history of solid cooperation in EU programmes and joint research projects.

Furthermore, Chalmers is a member of CESAER, a European association of universities of science and technology.[32]

Additionally, Chalmers has established formal agreements with three leading materials science centers: University of California, Santa Barbara, ETH Zurich and Stanford University. Within the framework of the agreements, a yearly bilateral workshop is organized, and exchange of researchers is supported.[33]

Chalmers has general exchange agreements with many European and U.S. universities and maintains a special exchange program agreement with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan where the exchange students from the two universities maintain offices for, among other things, helping local students with applying and preparing for an exchange year as well as acting as representatives.[34]

Finally, Chalmers has strong partnerships with major industries such as Ericsson, Volvo, Saab AB and AstraZeneca.[35]


Approximately 40% of Sweden's graduate engineers and architects are educated at Chalmers.[citation needed] Each year, around 250 postgraduate degrees are awarded as well as 850 graduate degrees. About 1,000 post-graduate students attend programmes at the university, and many students are taking Master of Science engineering programmes and the Master of Architecture programme. Since 2007, all master's programmes are taught in English for both national and international students. This was a result of the adaptation to the Bologna process that started in 2004 at Chalmers (as the first technical university in Sweden).

Currently, about 10% of all students at Chalmers come from countries outside Sweden to enrol in a master's or PhD program.[citation needed]

Around 2,700 students also attend Bachelor of Science engineering programmes, merchant marine and other undergraduate courses at Campus Lindholmen. Chalmers also shares some students with Gothenburg University in the joint IT University project. The IT University focuses exclusively on information technology and offers bachelor's and master's programmes with degrees issued from either Chalmers or Gothenburg University, depending on the programme.

Chalmers confers honorary doctoral degrees to people outside the university who have shown great merit in their research or in society.


Chalmers is an aktiebolag with 100 shares à 1,000 SEK,[36] all of which are owned by the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, a private foundation, which appoints the university board and the president. The foundation has its members appointed by the Swedish government (4 to 8 seats), the departments appoint one member, the student union appoints one member and the president automatically gains one chair.[37] Each department is led by a department head, usually a member of the faculty of that department. The faculty senate represents members of the faculty when decisions are taken.


the gate of Chalmers (Gibraltar Campus)
the gate of Chalmers (Gibraltar Campus)

In 1937, the school moved from the city centre to the new Gibraltar Campus, named after the mansion which owned the grounds, where it is now located. The Lindholmen College Campus was created in the early 1990s and is located on the island Hisingen. Campus Johanneberg and Campus Lindholmen, as they are now called, are connected by bus lines.

Student societies and traditions

Traditions include the graduation ceremony and the Cortège procession, an annual public event.

Notable alumni[citation needed]


Although the official Swedish title for the head is "rektor", the university now uses "President" as the English translation.[39]

1829 – 1852 Carl Palmstedt
1852 – 1881 Eduard von Schoultz
1881 – 1913 August Wijkander
1913 – 1933 Hugo Grauers
1934 – 1943 Sven Hultin
1943 – 1958 Gustav Hössjer
1958 – 1966 Lennart Rönnmark
1966 – 1974 Nils Gralén
1974 – 1989 Sven Olving
1989 – 1998 Anders Sjöberg
1998 – 2006 Jan-Eric Sundgren
2006 – 2015 Karin Markides
2015 – 2023 Stefan Bengtsson
2023 – Martin Nilsson Jacobi

See also


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