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About Chalmers University of Technology
Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education on a broad front within technology, natural sciences, architecture and shipping, and in close contact with external bodies. Our inspiration derives from the pleasure of discovering and the desire to learn. The aim is to make an active contribution to
sustainable community development, both nationally and internationally.
Development and renewal has characterised operations from the very beginning in 1829, completely in accordance with the motto of the founder William Chalmers: Avancez! Today Chalmers has around 10,000 students and 2,650 employees.
Two-thirds of the University’s operations involve research and doctoral programmes. This embodies both innovative, applied research as well as prominent fundamental research. Chalmers is involved in a number of international research collaborations and strategic alliances, including the Alliance for Global Sustainability, UNITECH International, Nordic Five Tech and CESAER.
Good meeting points are a key element in dynamic development. The investments being made on the two Chalmers campuses are aimed at promoting greater interaction between academia, industry and the community. The Johanneberg Campus is located in the centre of Gothenburg and is an important part of the urban landscape. The Lindholmen Campus is in the expanding Norra Älvstranden area, an attractive location characterised by creativity,
dynamism, knowledge and culture.
Strengths and driving forces
The Chalmers areas of advance bring together the three components that make up the knowledge triangle: research, education and innovation. These give Chalmers a clearer profile and new opportunities to focus on and deal with the major challenges facing the world. The aim is for the Chalmers areas of advance, through scientific excellence, to contribute to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and with innovation and entrepreneurship as central driving forces.
Interaction with the external world – Chalmers is constantly developing new models for interaction, ensuring that education, research and innovation will be of benefit to the community. Chalmers Innovation comprises new, innovative companies based mainly on research and education at Chalmers. Johanneberg Science Park is developing in order to clarify the link to three of the Chalmers areas of advance: Built Environment, Energy and Materials Science. Lindholmen Science Park brings together high-tech, developmentintensive companies within mobile communication, intelligent transport and the modern media industry. Sahlgrenska Science Park is a business incubator and technology park that gives people with ideas and new companies working in life sciences the best possible start to their new ventures.
History of Chalmers
Chalmers was founded in 1829. The university is named after the major benefactor, William Chalmers, one of the directors of the successful Swedish East India Company in Göteborg.
William Chalmers (1748-1811) had created a greater wealth from his work within the Swedish East India Company during the late 1700's. Influenced by Pehr Dubb he then bequeathed all his estate to the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg and to the creation of an industry school for poor children who learned to read and write. "Chalmersska Slöjdeskolan", which opened in Gothenburg, November 5, 1829, and became the beginning of Chalmers University of Technology.
The first president was the industrialist Carl Palmstedt. The connections with industry and commerce has therefore been natural from the very beginning.
Chalmers is the only university in Sweden, which is named after a person. The emblem Avancez together with the logo, forms the university brand. The emblem has its origin in the donor William Chalmers seal.
- Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Utbildningsdepartementet, Sverige
- Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations - Swedish National Agency of Higher Education (SNAHE)
- In the 2011 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 University of Technology ranked 38th in the world
- In the latest QS World University Rankings (2015), the university was ranked 132nd in the world (overall).
- In the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/2016, Chalmers ranked between 201 and 250 of all global universities,.
- In the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015), the university was ranked between places 301 - 400 of all universities in the world.
Student life at Chalmers
At Chalmers University of Technology you’ll learn to think independently, and to meet future challenges with the help of engineering methods. We emphasise your creativity and believe in the necessity of free thinking, so that you can be sure that you are able to test your own ideas for real. To facilitate an open environment and a close cooperation between students and teachers we pursue a truly informal atmosphere. All teaching is in English and through project-based assignments we provide hands-on experience of working with others in teams in everything from planning and organizing to meeting deadlines and presenting results. Through these projects you also learn to apply your theoretical knowledge to tackle complex problems – a necessary approach to real-life situations.
Chalmers Student Union (Chalmers Studentkår) is a strong, independent organisation with around 10,000 members. The union has representatives on the board of the university’s and it focuses on the quality of education, the job market and students’ social life.
The union is a politically independent, religiously neutral and non-profit organisation of the students, for the students and by the students. It is independent from the university and represents the views and opinions of the students to the university’s management through its representatives who are part of the management board of the university. The student union and the university are two separate organisations which work with each other to ensure that the students are benefitted from their time at Chalmers. In one way, the university is responsible for education and the union is responsible for the fun and combined they make the life of a student whole. By focusing on students’ perspectives on the various aspects of life on campus, the union ensures that the students at Chalmers have an influence on everything – be it education, the job market or a secure and fun filled social life.
Within the Student Union there are committees, clubs and societies for pretty much every taste: choir singing, extreme sports, robotics, hot air balloons, pyrotechnics etc. If there is none for your interest, you can easily start one. Through these committees, clubs and societies, the union provides students with a safe and fun filled social environment that fosters a sense of community and security.
Quality of education
Students can approach the Unit for Educational Affairs at the Student Union if they have questions or views on anything affecting their programmes and/or courses. The Student Union is represented on all the decision-making bodies so there is always an opportunity to influence your situation at Chalmers.
Chalmers Student Union annually arranges one of the largest career fairs in Scandinavia - Charm. Over 170 companies and organisations visit Chalmers in order to meet students and discuss the different opportunities available.
Accommodation - Student housing
Chalmers has agreements with two housing agencies and a collaboration with Gothenburg's official housing agency (Boplats) - please find more information below.
Applications for student housing have to be submitted online, directly to the housing agencies, during specific time periods for different categories of students. Further information about how to apply for accommodation will be sent by email soon after you have replied to your admission offer.
Services of Chalmers
Chalmers has two Student Centres, one at Campus Johanneberg and one at Campus Lindholmen. At the front desk you can get answers to many of your questions as well as help with certificates and filling out forms. We can help you with change of address, information about how to register for courses or sign up for exams and provide contact details to Chalmers’ different support functions.
The Chalmers Library is present on both campuses, Johanneberg and Lindholmen, and it provides various services for students:
- Access to a wide range of resources in both printed and electronic form
- Conversation groups for practicing Swedish
- Writing support
- Math tutoring
- Support for students with disabilities
- Training in information handling skills for both undergraduate and doctoral students
- Access to a structured network of computer services
- Access to group study rooms, silent reading rooms, seminar rooms, café and lunchroom.
Chalmers Careers Service helps students prepare their journey to working life. Along with seminars and workshops, you can receive career advice and other useful information related to job hunting. Advertisements about job opportunities and Master’s thesis projects are also available. Chalmers Careers Service cooperate with many employers, consultants, alumni and other universities etc.
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center (Akademihälsan) helps students with the treatment of health problems originating in or aggravated by the study situation. It is a complement to the public health care system for students and it provides individual counselling, physiotherapy, general and psychiatric help. Booking an appointment is free of charge and English-speaking counselors are available.
Support for students with special needs
Chalmers offers support for students with special needs, i.e. physical, psychological, neuropsychiatric or dyslexia. The support is planned individually together with the coordinator for students with special needs and includes services such as extended time at written exams, support with note taking, alternative examination forms, recorded literature, mentorship, special software programs etc.
Chalmers offers various kinds of study support for students, regardless of the programme followed. You can get help with math, Swedish language, English grammar, writing a report/ thesis, preparing an oral presentation and more.
All students at Chalmers have access to wireless internet everywhere on campus. We offer both infrastructure and software so that students should be able to use their own laptops. For students who do not own a computer we offer access to more than 1000 computers on our two campuses.
During the first week at Chalmers all new students will receive a unique user identity (Chalmers ID) that provides access to the Chalmers IT resources. Chalmers supplies students with some software to be used in their studies. This software can be found on the computers in the computer labs but many of the programs can also be installed on students’ own computers.