University in the Spotlight: Karolinska Institutet
- Karolinska Institutet, situated in Stockholm, Sweden, is a one-faculty university dedicated solely to the medical and health sciences, with a reputation for top quality research and innovation. It is one of the world’s leading medical universities – consistently ranking in the top 50 universities globally, and the top 5 medical universities in Europe.
- In addition, it is the largest center for medical training and research in Sweden, accounting for over 40% of Swedish medical academic research. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education.
- Research at Karolinska Institutet is conducted in 22 departments, most of which are situated or adjacent to Stockholm's teaching hospitals. This creates ample opportunities for translational research in which new experimental results are rapidly implemented for patient benefit, and where clinical observations provide a basis for new research ideas.
- Researchers at Karolinska Institutet release over 5000 publications a year in international scientific journals. Focus research areas at the university include: Cancer, Circulation and respiration, Endocrinology and metabolism, Infection, Inflammation and Immunology, Neuroscience, Public health sciences and international health, Reproduction, growth and development and Tissue and motion. Find out more here.
- The University incorporates an interactive teaching model that emphasises informal and close contact with teachers and facilitates the active participation of students. The educators at Karolinska Institutet divide their time between teaching and conducting research, keeping them in tune with ongoing developments in their respective fields.
- The study and research environment at Karolinska Institutet is international. The university has many well established collaborations and partnerships with other leading universities on all continents.
- There are also extensive exchange programs in place for students and researchers. A large proportion of staff and students originate from other countries than Sweden.
- Karolinska Institutet offers several master’s programs and freestanding courses taught entirely in English.The Global Master's Programs which are taught entirely in English and have an international focus are Biomedicine, Bioentrepreneurship , Global Health, Health Informatics, Public Health Sciences and Toxicology.
Visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota
Researchers, students and staff from Karolinska Institutet, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic met at the American-Swedish Institutet in Minneapolis in early November for the ’Frontiers in Global Health Research’ symposium.
The purpose of the symposium was to discuss causes of death and suffering in the world: cardiovascular disease, cancer, smoking, diabetes, undernourishment and communicable diseases, and how to treat them and prevent them. Attendants were given many inspiring lectures, for example by Nobel Laureate Peter Agre, on the topic of “Science and Social Injustice ’, and Karolinska Institutet Professor Hans Rosling on the topic of “Konzo, An Epidemic Toxic-Nutritional Upper-Motor-Neuron Disease Induced by Hunger and Destitution”, to name a few.
The two days turned out to be a great success, and the many students who attended were very interested in continuing their research careers in the field of global health. Read more about the symposium here.
Many Americans with Swedish roots feel a special connection to Karolinska Institutet and Sweden. Karolinska Institutet has long lasting relationships with for example the University of Minnesota and warmly welcomes students curious about their Swedish heritage. Find out more about United States and Karolinska Institutet here.
In the Midst of the Nobel Prize
Since 1901, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. In 2012, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.
Nobel Forum, where the selection and announcement is made every year, is actually situated right on university grounds, and there are regular opportunities for students to hear and see Nobel laureates in action by attending their lectures or seminars on campus. Karolinska Institutet’s students can also go in the draw to be ushers at the lavish Nobel Prize ceremony, or attend the annual Nobel Night Cap. Find out more about the Karolinska Institutet and the Nobel Prize here.
Learn more about the EuroScholars program at Karolinska Institutet
MidStay Program Fall 2012 from a Student's Perspective
Sara Heizer, Coe College, Karolinska Institutet
Our 3-day stay in Geneva was packed full of memorable people and experiences! On the first day our host from the Université de Genève, Dr. Annik Baumgartner, gave us a tour of the university campus and the city. We learned a bit about student life, as well as Swiss history and culture. The second day did not disappoint either! We spent the morning at Physiscope and Chimiscope, two interactive shows designed to teach the audience basic scientific concepts in a fun way. Learning all about energy and the transfer of charges was a hair-raising experience for most of us!
The EuroScholars program founder, Ms. Nanda de Bruin, joined us for the interactive presentations and spent time getting to know us at the lunch that followed. That afternoon we learned about the advantages of taking an interdisciplinary approach to research. After the presentation we each took a few minutes to explain our projects. What a diverse group of individuals we are! We learned about topics ranging from regenerative medicine to human rights. It was such a wonderful way to learn about the academic interests that drive my peers.
That evening the members of the EuroScholars consortium and Ms. De Bruin joined us for a traditional Swiss dinner. We exchanged stories for hours. It was wonderful to finally meet the individuals who worked diligently to make this research opportunity a possibility for my peers and me.
The MidStay program was truly a great experience! We got to know our program peers and coordinators, learn about the history of EuroScholars, and we were able to explore a bit of Switzerland. I am honored to be a part of the EuroScholars program, and so grateful for the opportunities it has provided me with!