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Our history of close cooperation with business and society


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 3, 700 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.

Page Manager: Daniel Karlsson|Last update: 6/22/2011
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