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Gothenburg - a National Sports University

The Swedish Sports Confederation has since 2015 given the University of Gothenburg together with Chalmers University of Technology the commission to become a so-called National Sports University (RIU). The objectives of RIU Gothenburg are to contribute to better educated coaches, improved support to elite student-athletes and closer collaboration with the Swedish sports movement with regard to research and education.

Elite-student training, running in the woodsToday over 100 elite-student athletes from more than 30 different sports study a broad diversity of programmes and courses offered by the University of Gothenburg. The same admission rules apply for elite-student athletes as for all other students, but increased flexibility and support is offered to assure that elite athletes can develop a dual career and are better prepared for life after sport.

"The education and research at the University of Gothenburg gets a new dimension with this investment. The cooperation between the University, Chalmers and the Swedish Sports Confederation is very promising", says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Mette Sandhoff.

Well-functioning cooperation

The University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology have had a well-functioning cooperation for a long time. Two examples are shared departments and joint centres of expertise and research. As a joint National Sports University, both universities collaborate closely with the West Swedish Sports Confederation (RF-SISU Västra Götaland), the city of Gothenburg and the Region Västra Götaland to develop meaningful education, research and a sustainable local sport environment.

Beyond these collaborations, the University of Gothenburg is also a member of the European Athlete Student (EAS) network, which unites universities and educational institutes across Europe in an effort to support dual careers in athletes.

For more information, visit the European Athlete Student (EAS).

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