Malmö University

Malmö, Sweden

Malmö University is a young and urban university located in the vibrant city of Malmö in southern Sweden.

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The University

  • Malmö University is a young, urban and inclusive higher education institution with 24.000 students.

  • Today, two thirds of the student population are first-generation academics and one third have a migration background.

  • The University reflects the local and regional community, embraces diversity as a dimension of quality in education and research, and educates students for life-long learning to become agents of change for a sustainable global society.

  • The University has since its inauguration in 1998 been an essential driver in the urban transformation of Malmö city from an industrial town to a centre of learning. The institution plays a major role in identifying societal needs and has multiple close collaborations with local stakeholders in private, public and non-profit sectors.

The City

  • Malmö has in the past decades transformed from a city with a shipyard industry in decline into a vivid multicultural entrepreneurial metropole, attracting young people, exploratory art and culture, and innovative new businesses.

  • Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden. Its 300 000 inhabitants represent more than 180 nationalities, and half of the population is under the age of 35.

  • Malmö strives to be a socially, economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable city, and different actors from businesses to city authorities are working closely together to reduce inequalities in wellbeing, especially among children and youth.
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Malmö University and UNIC

Global engagement and internationalisation are core values of Malmö University. Integrating research, education and collaboration in both local and global contexts is a prerequisite for academic quality and knowledge for change. Through collaboration within the UNIC network, the University can further strengthen the inclusive European university and work together with institutions that share similar values and approaches to societal engagement, as well as commitment to collaborative social impact-driven research and education.

Aims and Activities

Malmö University is founded on human, democratic and academic values reflecting the ideals of an open society, freedom of speech and critical thinking. Broadening participation and social inclusiveness have been an essential part of the institution’s activities since its founding.


The University’s profile is characterised by global engagement, community involvement and a challenge-based approach. The education and research are multi- and interdisciplinary and co-created with actors outside the University. The knowledge environment in education and research focuses on fields and subject areas of high relevance in today’s society, and the University is actively developing research centres and programmes addressing complex societal challenges.