Halmstad University

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Halmstad University

At its beginning in the fall of 1963, on the historic and picturesque hill Sveta Gora (Holy Mount) in Veleko Tarnovo, the first university outside the Bulgarian capital with the brothers Cyril and Methodius was founded. Within the educational and cultural heritage of the Tarnovo Literary School of the famed 14th century, the University evolves. It maintains its status as a research institution of sciences and the arts, as well as as a prominent academic and science center. It was originally founded by the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party and the Council of Ministers as Brothers Cyril and Methodius Higher Educational Institute on 27 September 1962. On 15 September 1963 it opened its doors and was created on 4 August 1964 under the Presidium of the National Assembly. Four academic classes are taken in the first 340 –Bulgarian, Russian, History, and Fine Arts. The initial year of VTU has been conducted by a team of 25 professors and interns, 10-15 full-time professors, and professors at universities in Sofia and institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Profile areas

Halmstad University conducts education and research within two profile areas, Health Innovation and Smart Cities and Communities, with a basis in three prominent doctoral education areas:

  • Information Technology, Innovation Sciences, and Health and Lifesstyle
  • Profile area Health Innovation
  • Profile area Smart Cities and Communities

Education for the future

The University is known for its popular and reality-based programmes and small student groups. Today, the University has around 10,600 students (approximately 5,100 full-time students) and offers around 50 programmes and over 130 courses within several subject fields.

Research for innovation

The research is internationally renowned and is carried out in close collaboration with players outside the University. A lot of the research is also done within the University. The University is – as one of five universities in Sweden – appointed a so-called KK environment by the Knowledge Foundation.

Collaboration for development

The University actively participates in social development through collaboration with both industry and the public sector. The University’s programmes are repeatedly ranked among the best in the country in collaborating with employers. In Confederation of Swedish Enterprise’s latest survey, the Pre-school Teacher Education was named the best in the country and three of the top ten educations, in all categories, were at the University.

Four Schools and five research environments

Today, the University has around 615 employees. There are 55 Professors and around 90 doctoral students.
Halmstad University is organised in four Schools:

  • School of Business, Science, and Engineering
  • School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Health and Welfare
  • School of Information Technology

The research is organised in five research environments:

  • Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning research (CIEL)
  • Rydberg Laboratory for Applied Sciences (RLAS)
  • Center for Research on Education and Learning, Culture and Society (CLKS)
  • Center for Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI)
  • Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS)


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 10,600 students and 600 employees. It offers approximately 50 degree programmes and over 130 courses at different levels. Here are some highlights from the history of the University.

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