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History

In 1983, Halmstad University was recognised as an independent institution. At that time, it had a few hundred students and a staff of 40 people. Currently, the University has about 9,300 students and 580 employees. It offers over 80 degree programs and 250 courses at different levels; with postgraduate degrees in Innovation Science, Information Technology, and Health and Lifestyle.

2013

On the year of its 30th anniversary, the University wins the right to independently conduct research training and award doctorates for Health and Lifestyle. The School is also granted the right to award degrees for civil engineering. In the same year, the University institutes the Assessment of Research and Coproduction – an international evaluation of all the University’s research, more than half of which is classified of international caliber. The year also brings with it new appointments – Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Pernilla Nilsson as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, respectively. The University also launches its new logo.

2012

This year marks the beginning of major changes at the University, beginning with its profile – that is, shaping what distinguishes the University. The profiling process also entails developing activities to meet requirements and expectations. At the end of the year, the board of the Knowledge Foundation decides to grant the University SEK 70 million for research and co-production of innovation. The Career Center, which began as a bridge between students and the professional world during their studies, achieves permanent status. In September of this year, the King and Queen of Sweden visit Halmstad University.

2011

The University welcomes its new Vice-Chancellor Mikael Alexandersson. This is also the year the University is designated an environment of knowledge and expertise by the Knowledge Foundation, named Research for Innovation.

2010

The University receives the right to conduct research in the third cycle and to award doctoral degrees in two areas of expertise: Information Technology and Innovation Sciences. Karin Starrin is appointed chairman of the Board of Governors; with Carina Ihlström Eriksson as Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

2009

As the first small university, Halmstad University is given the right to award Master’s degrees in Business and Economics. This year also marks the beginning of the Health Technology Centre of Halland (Hälsoteknikcentrum Halland, HCH). This is a three-year project financed by EU Structural Funds and the Halland Development Council and arranged by Halmstad University.

2008

On its 25th anniversary, the University is awarded the right to offer Master’s degrees in Health Science. Science Park Halmstadexternal link is inaugurated.

2007

The University gains the right to award Master’s degrees in Computer Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Halmstad University, together with Örebro University and Skövde University, comes together yet again to collaborate on research in the medical field.

2006

The newly-built Health and Sports Centre is inaugurated. Marita Hilliges is appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

2005

Halmstad University establishes a cooperation agreement with Örebro University and Skövde University on research within the fields of engineering and technology.

2004

The University campus area is designated the Baertling Quarter, featuring some of artist Olle Baertling's works of art.

2003

The UTexpo student fair breaks the record for exhibitors with over 160 degree projects on display. The new student building is opened.

2002

The new student unionexternal link building is completed.

2001

The first students from the University's teacher education degree programmes (upper primary, lower and upper secondary school) graduate.

2000

The University is re-organised into interdisciplinary schools. Romulo Enmark is appointed Vice-Chancellor.

1998

Lars Fredén is appointed the Vice-Chancellor. The University library is opened.

1997

The University is granted permission to establish a number of professorships.

1995

The College of Nursing is integrated into the University.

1994

The University receives the right to award Master's degrees.

1988

The University moves to Larsfrid in the eastern part of Halmstad.

1983

Halmstad University is formally inaugurated as an independent University, with Sven-Ove Johansson as Vice-Chancellor.

1982

The institution is established in the western part of Halmstad.

1979

Degree programmes and courses for pre-school teachers and innovation engineers start.

1978

The institution begins to offer individual courses for after-school assistants as well as sports education.

1977

This year marks the beginning of higher education.

1975

Halmstad is appointed by the Swedish Parliament as the site of a higher education institution.

1973

Pre-school teacher education is established as a pilot project.

1970

The N-committee is set up to pave the way for a university in Halmstad.

2013: The University celebrates its 30th anniversary and a new logo is launched.

2012: In September of this year, the King and Queen of Sweden visit Halmstad University. © Kungahuset.se

2011: Mikael Alexandersson is appointed Vice-Chancellor.

2009: The University has 14,459 registered students.

2008: Halmstad University celebrates its 25th anniversary

2008: Halmstad University celebrates its 25th anniversary

The gym

2006: The newly-built Health and Sports Centre is inaugurated.

Kåren

2002: The new student union building is completed

2000: New Vice-chancellor Romulo Enmark

2000: New Vice-chancellor Romulo Enmark

1988: The University moves to Larsfrid

1982: The University moves to "Eketångaskolan"

1982: The University moves to "Eketångaskolan"

Updated 2014-10-29