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Gothenburg - commercial city with a passion for education

On 1 October 1923, Dean Otto Nordenskjöld inaugurated the
School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg. Since
as far back as the 1880s, Gothenburg's industrial companies,
trading houses and shipbrokers had pointed out the necessity
of an internationally focused academy and higher education
for trade and the legal system. The School was based on a German
model, and it was funded by large donations. There were nine
students the first year. They studied economics, economic geography, legal science and business administration, in addition to
German, English, French and Russian.

The School has been characterized by the same basic traits from the very start: international profile, close cooperation with business and society, and a broad scientific base. Today the School has approximately 3700 full-time students, and is a faculty of the University of Gothenburg, one of the largest
universities in Northern Europe, with cutting-edge research
in a number of dynamic fields.

In the 1920s, Gothenburg was the largest trading centre and
port city in Sweden with a thriving shipbuilding industry.
The city still serves as a hub of international trade and distribution with the largest port in the Nordic area. It has developed into a "city of knowledge", where business, politicians and the academic world jointly work towards continued growth. Several globally successful companies such as Volvo, Astra Zeneca, Nobel Biocare, Stena and SKF originate from and have significant segments of their business in Gothenburg.

With its trams, parks, cultural life and unique archipelago,
Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, combines the
feel of a big city with small town charm. Gothenburg is centrally
located between Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, the Nordic
countries' capital cities, which makes it an attractive venue for
international events. Among university applicants, Gothenburg
is the most popular university city in Sweden.

Deans through time

2010-           Per Cramér
2000-2010   Rolf Wolf
1997-2000   Göran Bergendahl
1994-1997   Gunilla Bornmalm-Jardelöw
1993-1994   Anders Ekström
1986-1993   Lars Nordström
1962-1971   Kurt Grönfors
1959-1962   Ulf af Trolle
1931-1959   Hadar Berglund
1928-1931   Gunnar Silfverstolpe
1923-1928   Otto Nordenskjöld

 

Page Manager: Maria Norrström|Last update: 12/8/2016
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