The University Board is the University’s highest decision-making body, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University is the head of the University. The University is made up of a number of University-wide staff positions, units, and bodies that support the University Management and the organisation in different matters. The University’s core activities, i.e. research and education, are organised and run by the University’s eight faculties, which comprise 38 departments, and by the University’s approximately 30 centres of expertise and research.
The University’s rules of procedure
The University of Gothenburg’s organisation is regulated by the University’s Rules of Procedure, which give a specific description of the overall structure of the organisation and its decision-making paths, as well as what responsibilities and tasks the different staff positions and functions within the organisation are to have.
The University Board
The University Board is accountable to the government for its operations and is to ensure that these are run efficiently. It is also to ensure that University operations are reported in a reliable and equitable manner, as well as ensuring that the University is economical in its use of public funds. According to the Higher Education Act, the University Board is also to supervise all University affairs and be responsible for the tasks associated with these.
The task of the University’s Internal Audit is to help the University achieve a fit-for-purpose and efficient organisation that is run in accordance with governing statutes, and reports its results in a reliable and trustworthy manner. The University’s Internal Audit reports directly to the University Board.
The Vice-Chancellor - Eva Wiberg
The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the University and its foremost representative. The Vice-Chancellor leads the University’s activities and is responsible for implementing decisions taken by the University Board. Eva Wiberg has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg since July 2017. She is a professor of Italian and has previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lund University. Vice-Chancellor Wiberg actively participates in several national and international university networks.
Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Mette Sandoff
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor is the Vice-Chancellor’s deputy, whose assigned appointment follows that of the Vice-Chancellor’s. Mette Sandoff is a Professor in Public Administration. Since August 2021 Sandoff is Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gothenburg. Right before, 2012-2021, she had the position as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, strategically responsible for education and Head of the University's Board of Education. Former managerial positions are among others Vice-Dean at the School of Business, Economics and Law, Head of the Department of Business Administration and Board member of Universeum Science Park.
Deputy University Director - Johan Johansson
The University Director is head of the Central University Administration, part of the University Management and the University Management Council. Johan Johansson is Deputy University Director at the University of Gothenburg.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for issues regarding education -
Pauli Kortteinen is chair of the University Board of Education which is a drafting and advisory body for the Vice-Chancellor. The principal task of the Board is to develop University-wide principles for education.
Pauli Kortteinen is senior lecturer in linguistics and was previously head of the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science. Pauli Kortteinen has also, among other things, been vice dean of the Faculty of Humanities for education at undergraduate and advanced level.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for issues regarding research -
Carina Mallard is Professor of experimental perinatal brain injury research. She is researching the newborn baby's brain. She is working on issues regarding research infrastructure and has been Director for the university’s HoD Core Facilities.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for issues regarding outreach and cooperation - Torbjörn Lundh
Torbjörn Lundh is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and is among other things, interested in artificial life, game theory and evolutionary processes. He has been Assistant Dean of Cooperation, Innovation and Internationalisation at the Faculty of Science. He has also been a member of the Vice-Chancellor's Committee for internationalization.
The task of university-wide bodies is to support the University Management and the organisation in different matters.
The University Management Council provides support to the Vice-Chancellor in decision-making processes and is a forum where future matters and university-wide strategies are discussed.
Read more about the University Management Council in the Staff Portal
The Research Board is a preparatory and advisory body for the Vice-Chancellor. Its main purpose is to handle strategic research and collaboration matters, thereby promoting the development of research of a high-quality and of international standard.
Read more about the Research Board in the Staff Portal
The Research Board's Committee for Ethics in Research has the university-wide responsibility to provide support for researchers and management in matters concerning research ethics. The committee is organizationally placed under The Research Board.
Read more about the Research Board's Committee for Ethics in Research in the Staff Portal
The University Board of Education develops university-wide principles for education, acts as a drafting and advisory board to the Vice-Chancellor.
Read more about the University Board of Education in the Staff Portal
The Committee for PhD (Third-Cycle/Doctoral) Education serves as a permanent committee to the University Board of Education, drawing up university-wide principles for doctoral education and contributing to cross-faculty quality assurance and exchange of best practices in matters related to doctoral education.
Read more about the Committee for PhD (Third-Cycle/Doctoral) Education in the Staff Portal
The Quality Committee is under the University Board of Education and is a working committee that has a preparatory role. It is responsible for the implementation and administration of the University’s quality assurance and development policy for courses and study programmes and its related manuals.
Read more about the Quality Committee in the Staff Portal
The International Council advises the Vice-Chancellor and prepares matters relating to internationalisation on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.
Read more about the International Council in the Staff Portal
Council for Examining deviations from Good Research Practice provides support to the Vice-Chancellor in matters concerning deviations from good research practice and in deciding which reports of suspected misconduct should be submitted to the National Board for Assessment of Research Misconduct.
Read more about the Council for Examining deviations from Good Research Practice in the Staff Portal
The Animal Welfare Body
According to the Swedish Animal Welfare Act, an organization that has a permit for laboratory animal testing must also have an Animal Welfare Body (Swedish: Djurskyddsorgan, shortened DO). At the University of Gothenburg, there is one Animal Welfare Body that has a university-wide mandate.
Read more about the Animal Welfare Body in the Staff Portal
International Advisory Board (IAB) is a council of experts set up to support the university's strategic considerations and priorities regarding research.
International Advisory Board (IAB)
Central University Administration
The Central University Administration is responsible for coordinating and standardizing and for the efficient and professional planning and handling of administrative operative procedures and systems. This organisation serves to support core activities at the University and to offer university departments support in accomplishing administrative tasks
The Central University Administration is organised into:
- Educational Affairs
- Estates and facilities
and Strategic Project Management
- Grants and Innovation Office
- Human Resources
- International Centre
- Vice-Chancellor´s Office
Read more about the Central University Administration in the Staff Portal
The University Library
The University Library supports research and education at the University of Gothenburg by providing information services and collections, by providing access to electronic resources, and by giving courses in how to search, evaluate, and handle information.
University of Gothenburg hosts a number of national units that are designated specific responsibilities.
Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV is organised as a joint effort between Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg; its remit comprises the promotion of research, education and cooperation in the field of environmental and sustainability studies.
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The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment is assigned the tasks of pursuing research in the field of marine environmental studies, and, in collaboration with other universities, developing courses and programmes in the field.
Read more about the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment
The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is a Nordic knowledge hub specializing in sustainable conditions for education, research and working life. The secretariat produces research driven knowledge on gender, power and sustainability to address global societal challenges.
Read more about the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research
The Swedish National Resource Centre for Mathematics supports the development of mathematics education in preschool, school and adult education.
Read more about the Swedish National Resource Centre for Mathematics (in Swedish)
Nordicom (Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research) is a knowledge centre in the field of media and communication.
Read more about Nordicom
Swedish National Data Service, SND is a national research infrastructure and a consortium of nine universities. The University of Gothenburg is the host university for SND and leads the work of the consortium. The main purpose of SND is to provide a coordinated system for describing, depositing, sharing, and finding data, nationally as well as internationally, to the Swedish research community.
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Segerstedtinstitutet is a national resource center to disseminate knowledge on how, when and why ideologically motivated violent environments arise. The Institute will work systematically to prevent and counter the emergence and reproduction of these environments.
Read more about Segerstedtinstitutet
Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine, WCMTM is part of a national effort to reposition Sweden as a world-leading life science nation.
Read more about Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine
Since 1995, GU Ventures has supported projects and companies spun off from the University of Gothenburg. The company is wholly owned by the Swedish state and, since 1998, managed by the University of Gothenburg.
The aim is to create successful businesses to expand our knowledge base and generate a return on investments for the University of Gothenburg. Furthermore, we work to increase growth in the region and contribute to the utilization of research for better quality of life and a better society with new products and services.
University of Gothenburg is a traditional European university with eight faculties.
Deans supervise the work carried out at the Faculty Office. They also serve as Chairs of the Faculty Boards.
The faculties at the University of Gothenburg are listed here. Contact information can be found on the page: Contact
Website: Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Acting Dean: Henric Benesch
Acting Pro-Dean: Maria Bania
University of Gothenburg consists of in total 38 departments. Here, all departments are listed in alphabetical order, based on subject area.
Centres of expertise and research
A centre of expertise and research serves as a meeting point for students, researchers, and representatives from the private and public sectors. Centres of expertise and research are cross-disciplinary and may include several academic subjects, faculty areas, and higher education institutions.
The purpose of these centres is to manage areas and topics of interest that, by nature, span across several academic disciplines. There are approximately 30 centres of expertise and research at the University of Gothenburg. There are also other collaboration and networking groups.
Economics, politics and social development
- Business IT Lab, Bitlab
- Centre for Ageing and Health, AgeCap
- Centre for Business in Society, CBiS
- Centre for Collective Action Research, CeCAR
- Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, CCHS
- Centre for digital innovation
- Centre for European Research, CERGU
- Centre for Finance, CFF
- Centre for Global Human Resource Management
- Centre for Intellectual Property, CIP
- Centre on knowledge-intensive innovation ecosystems, U-GOT KIES
- Center for Research and Education on Risk, Abuse and Addiction, CERA
- Centre for Retailing, CFR
- Centre for Tourism, CFT
- Centre on Global Migration, CGM
- Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development
- Institute for Innovation and Social Change
- Mistra Urban Futures
- Work and Employment Research Centre, WE
- Urban Safety and Societal Security Research Center, URBSEC
Health, medicine, mathematics and natural science
- Biomaterials Research Centre, BRC
- Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research, CARe
- Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health, CELAM
- Center for Future Chemical Risk Analysis and Management, FRAM
- Center for Health and Performance, CHP
- Centre for Person-centred Care, GPCC
- Centre for Sea and Society
- Centre for Skin Research, SkinResQU
- Gothenburg Air and Climate Network, GAC
- Gothenburg Chair Programme for Advanced Studies
- Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, GGBC
- Krefting Research Centre
- Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology, CeMEB
- Perinatal Research Obstetric Maternal Infant Studies Empowers, PROMISE
- Sahlgrenska Center for Cancer Research
- Stroke Care of the Future
- The Marine Infrastructure
- The Swedish Mariculture Research Center, SWEMARC
Culture, communication and education
At the University of Gothenburg there are several different research groups put together to conduct high quality and often multidisciplinary research and for cooperation with society.
Economics, Politics and Societal Development
- Centre for Regional Analysis, CRA
- Gothenburg Research Institute, GRI
- The Quality of Government Institute
Culture, Communications, Learning and Education
- Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning, PIL
- Science and Technology Studies, STS
Health, Medicine, Environment and Nature
- Agenda 2030 - West Sweden (in Swedish)
- Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research
- Gothenburg Pediatric Growth Research Centre (in Swedish)
- Mucosal Immunity and Vaccines, MIVAC
- Sahlgrenska Center for Pediatric Ophthalmology Research, ROP
- Chalmers Graduate School in Bioscience
- Doctoral Education at the Department for Applied Information Technology
- Environment and Health (in Swedish)
- Interdisciplinary Research School in Biomaterials at Sahlgrenska Academy, BIOSUM
- LinCS-DSES Doctoral School
- National Research School in Genomics and Bioinformatics
- Sport Science, Food and Nutrition and Pedagogy
- The Research School at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Education in Entrepreneurship