Umeå University

Umeå University (Swedish: Umeå universitet) is a public university in Umeå in the mid-northern region of Sweden. The university was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest within Sweden's present borders. In 2012, the university was ranked 23rd in the world of higher education institutions under the age of 50 years by the British magazine Times Higher Education (THE).

As of 2011, Umeå University has over 36,000 registered students (approximately 17,000 full-time students), including those at the postgraduate and doctoral level. It has more than 4,000 employees, including 365 full professors.

Internationally, the university is known for research relating to the genome of the Populus tree (Life sciences), contributions to the Gleason problem and function spaces on fractals (mathematics) and its school of industrial design which gives degree programs in English open to students from all of the world. It is also the one of largest providers of distance education courses in the Nordic countries.

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