Karolinska institute

Karolinska Institute
Karolinska Institutet
File:Karolinska logo.png
Motto Att förbättra människors hälsa (To improve human health)
Established 1810
Type Medical University
President Anders Hamsten
Admin. staff 3,800 (2012)[1]
Students 6,200 (FTE, 2012)[1]
Doctoral students 2,300 (2012)[1]
Location Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden
Campus Urban
Colors      KI Plum
Website www.ki.se

Karolinska Institutet (often translated from Swedish into English as the Karolinska Institute, the -et being a definite article, and in older texts often as the Royal Caroline Institute) is a medical university in Solna within the Stockholm urban area, Sweden, and one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities. It was founded in 1810 on Kungsholmen on the west side of Stockholm; the main campus was relocated decades later to Solna, just outside Stockholm. A second campus was established more recently in Flemingsberg, Huddinge, south of Stockholm.

Karolinska Institutet is Sweden's third oldest medical school, after Uppsala University (founded in 1477) and Lund University (founded in 1666). According to the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Karolinska Institutet is ranked 32nd worldwide, 6th in Europe, and 1st in the Nordic region [2] and according to the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Karolinska Institute is ranked 11th in the world in the field of clinical medicine and pharmacology and 18th in life sciences.[3]

The Karolinska University Hospital, located in Solna and Huddinge, is associated with the university as a research and teaching hospital. Together they form an academic health science centre. It is one of Sweden's largest centres for training and research, accounting for 30 percent of the medical training and 40 percent of the medical academic research conducted nationwide. While most of the medical programs are taught in Swedish, the bulk of the Ph.D. projects are conducted in English.

A committee of the institute appoints the laureates for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


Karolinska Institutet was founded in the period between 1810 and 1811, following the Finnish War, as a training center for army surgeons.

The original name was at first 'Medico-Chirurgiska Institutet'. In 1817 the prefix Karolinska was added as a reference to the then-Swedish king Karl XIII (Carolus in Latin).[4] The full name thus became Kongliga Carolinska Medico Chirurgiska Institutet.[5] In 1968, this name was abbreviated to 'Karolinska Institutet'.

Notable alumni or faculty

Departments of research (by location)

Campus Solna

Karolinska Hospital, Solna

Campus Huddinge


See also


External links

  • Karolinska Institutet - Official site
  • Interactive internal website for scientists at Karolinska Institutet

Coordinates: 59°20′56″N 18°01′36″E / 59.34889°N 18.02667°E / 59.34889; 18.02667

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