Karolinska InstitutetBy Asian Correspondent Oct 25, 2011 12:23PM UTC
Karolinska Institutet is one of the leading universities in Sweden, offering the country’s widest range of health and medical sciences programs. Founded in 1810 by King Karl XIII, the university has fashioned itself as one of the most modern and contemporary institutes of higher education. Today, the medical university is famous for its well-established infrastructure, high standards of education and quality research.
Confirming its seat as one of the leading providers of higher education, the Karolinska Institutet was ranked among the Top 50 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education rankings. In fact, it improved its rank from 42nd last year to 36th position this year, displaying the determination to succeed at this world-class institution.
Of the eight Swedish people who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, five came from the Karolinska Institutet, reflecting the quality of education being imparted at the institution. The Karolinska Institutet Nobel Assembly handles the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Karolinska Institutet accounts for more than 40 percent of the medical academic research carried out in Sweden. Its SciLifeLab is the Science for Life Laboratory, which is a national resource centre for bioscience with special focus on genomics, proteomics, bioimaging and bioinformatics. The SciLifeLab is run in collaboration with Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University and Uppsala University.
The university is one of the few in the country to cover fields such as stem cell research, clinical applications of cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Its clinical expertise in cell therapy is acclaimed across the world and has contributed leading work in transplantation medicine. The university can be credited for breakthroughs in myocardial infarction, spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
Karolinska Institutet offers a range of Global Master’s Programs in English . The focus areas are Global Health, Bioentrepreneurship, Biomedicine, Public Health Sciences, Health Informatics and Toxicology. In a marriage of Life Sciences with Business, the university offers a Master’s Program in Bioentrepreneurship (MBE). The program is meant for those who have a background in technology, natural sciences or medicine and are interested in doing application-based work in the Life Sciences field. The business courses of the program are offered in collaboration with KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), a partner university.
To give students a taste of things in the workplace, two internships are offered. These provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom and prepare to be industry-ready professionals.
Karolinska’s two campuses at Sulna and Huddinge are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offer endless activities for students. Students are encouraged to make the most of their leisure time and there are excellent sports facilities available. The Zander Student Gym, The Stockholm Student Sports Association (SSIF), Friskis & Svettis and KI Health Promotion are some of the major hubs for students looking for an active life. Here they can treat themselves to a modern gym, swimming, mountain climbing, fencing and so on. Most services are free for the students. For instance, KI Health Promotion offers a limited number of group training classes free of charge for students.
Student unions play a large part in education in Sweden as they often form influential roles in university. Academic issues, student welfare and social activities form the principle behind student unions in the country and students at the university exemplify this. These unions are also responsible for organising parties and other events, along with playing a large part in international collaboration and educational development.
There is a shuttle service connecting the two campuses at Solna and Huddinge. Students studying at the university can avail of this service during weekdays free of charge.
Both the campuses offer self catering services as well as a choice of restaurants and cafes which provide buffet lunches, vegetarian meals, business lunches, gluten and lactose-free food options, seafood, Asian cuisine, egg-free food options, sandwiches, salads as well as sustainable and traditional food options.
There is also plenty to see and do off campus. The largest city in the Nordic countries with 80,000 students, 5,000 of whom are international students, Stockholm brings together a melting pot of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. The city’s 100-strong museums coupled with a variety of activities provide something to do for everyone. Renowned for its opera, theatres, dining and nightlife, Stockholm offers quality education with the right blend of entertainment.
The institute has a number of partner universities with which it conducts exchange programs on a regular basis. Faculty exchange has also been arranged with some of the universities. Partner institutes can be found in countries such as Denmark, Ethiopia, Pakistan, USA, Finland, Belgium, Britain, Thailand, India, Canada, France and Ireland, to name just a few.