Linköping University was born in an era of opportunity. Decades of industrial prosperity had delivered a welfare state and social model that were admired worldwide.
Further success beckoned – provided Sweden could produce enough well educated people to spearhead its workforce. Assisted by generous state-funded student loans, the next generation was ready to sign up en masse for higher education.
There was just one problem: the universities were full. So, in late 1967, a group of young, ambitious academics agreed to leave promising positions and seek new careers on the plains of Östergötland.
They were an eclectic bunch, but all shared the same goal: to drive Sweden’s welfare-based society forward through education, research and a spirit of cooperation. So we knew what we wanted to do. We just didn’t know how.
We had no foundations to build on, no pillars to lean against. Sometimes we even lacked heated buildings. But we believed strongly in our mission: to challenge the university system; to open up academia; to share knowledge; to reform research and be a natural part of society and the business sector.
Working alongside our students, we gave it all we had. Problems became opportunities. Small became large. Openness to other disciplines gave our ideas the strength to reach far beyond the muddy soil beneath our feet.
We were united in our ambition to revitalise Swedish higher education. Which is exactly what we did.
In 1975 we became Linköping University. Twenty years later we moved beyond our home city to embrace Norrköping, making the entire region our own.
In the 1970s our interdisciplinary programmes were controversial; today they are prestigious and highly regarded.
Our idea of conducting research across academic boundaries caught on and has since proved an excellent method to address complex problems.
Our well-honed innovation systems not only deliver eye-catching results; they also make them relevant and attractive to domestic and international markets alike. Our students are highly sought-after by employers and command good salaries.
Of course we are proud of what we have achieved. But most of all we believe strongly in what we do.
Enabling individuals to take on the challenges of the day is, and will forever be, our ultimate goal. For this reason, innovation is our only tradition.
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. , 76 p.