About Södertörn University

Students outside the main entrance of Södertörn University.Södertörn University provides high quality research and education at all levels, offering a friendly atmosphere and an inspiring environment. Our modern, attractive campus is located in Flemingsberg, 19 minutes from central Stockholm on the commuter train.

Södertörn University combines interesting subjects to make engaging and often unique degrees. We offer 250 courses and 70 programmes, and currently have 11 000 enrolled students. We conduct education and research in the humanities, social sciences, technology and natural science. We also offer teacher education with an intercultural profile. Research into the Baltic region and Eastern Europe forms a knowledge environment that is among the best in the world.

Mission statement and objectives 2015-2019

The governing board of Södertörn University has established the objectives that are to guide the university’s activities over the next five years.

Mission statement:

Södertörn University offers education that encourages reflective thinking and informed citizenship, providing a meeting place for critical perspectives and knowledge that crosses established boundaries. Our research is relevant to contemporary challenges, locally and globally, and to timeless issues.


Research – within 5 years, we will have achieved:

  1. National and international breakthroughs in research relating to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, as well as recognition of the university’s status as a knowledge hub for such research.
  2. Third-cycle education in central areas of activity.
  3. Teachers who conduct research, providing high quality links to research in all education.
  4. A greater proportion of external research funding.

Education – within 5 years, we will have achieved:

  1. Popular, valuable and interdisciplinary courses and programmes, with teachers that conduct research.
  2. The highest quality in all courses and programmes.
  3. Internationalisation on all courses and programmes.
  4. Improved and well-functioning student influence.

Third stream activities – within 5 years, we will have achieved:

  1. Third stream activities that are of mutual benefit to the university and the surrounding community.
  2. Incentives that reward and encourage third stream activities.
  3. Third stream activities and projects linked to the university’s profile: the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe.
  4. A thriving campus.

Södertörn University’s ethos, mission statement and overall objectives 2015-2019 [pdf-file, 137 Kb]