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An oasis of talent

If you ask us, your chances of finding the talent you need are higher here in Linköping than in most cities. The reason? Well, the first that comes to mind is of course LiU, our renowned university producing thousands of highly skilled graduates each year.

The population is growing rapidly and Linköping has a higher general level of education than the Swedish average. In fact, as much as 51% are educated to post-upper secondary school, compared to the national average of 43%. You’ll find a greater number of civil engineers, software programmers, computer specialists, technical consultants and researchers in Linköping than in the rest of Sweden, and more career opportunities in growing fields such as information and communication technology, research and development, the food industry and healthcare, including medtech.

One of Sweden’s leading centres of learning

According to international rankings, Linköping University (LiU) is in fact one of the leading universities in the world, and its graduates are among the most sought-after on the Swedish labour market. And so it may come as no surprise that LiU’s alumni include both ministers of state, leaders of global businesses, and recognized entrepreneurs from some of the top startups.

Now, this is the very same university that conducts world-leading, cross-border research in such future-oriented fields as IT, mobile communication, medtech, visualisation, and environment/sustainability. LiU is even home to WASP, the Wallenberg AI Autonomous Systems and Software Program, which is Sweden’s largest independent research project – ever.

LiU was a pioneer of numerous degree programmes that have since been adopted by other universities. Two examples are the degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management, and Computer Science. The medical doctor and psychology degree courses were the first in Sweden to adopt problem-based learning within their respective areas, and they’re both highly rated. The civil engineering course in media technology, which LiU also pioneered, is held in high regard by the film industry all over the world. Previous students work in the major visual effects houses and three alumnae have even been awarded Oscars.

LiU collaborates closely with both local industry and the Linköping University Hospital Campus. This not only enables knowledge and research to transform into groundbreaking innovations, providing new business opportunities for our companies. It also breeds new talent. Talent which, in turn, goes on to create new startups. New businesses. New possibilities.

And so the future is created, every day, here in Linköping.

LiU has four campuses. Two are in Linköping, one in Norrköping, and Malmstens Linköpings University in Stockholm.

A well-functioning system for innovation

We have a plethora of powerful support systems in place, helping our new entrepreneurs and start-ups to realize their ideas and visions.

LiU Innovation, for example, encourages and supports researchers and students to commercialize their ideas and skills – either by starting new companies or by incorporating them in existing ones. Through LiU Innovation the next generation of entrepreneurs and new innovative companies are being created.

In Linköping you’ll also find one of Sweden’s top incubators, LEAD. They offer professional support to entrepreneurs with tech startups. In other words, high-tech and knowledge-based companies with high growth potential, who wants to make a real difference and maintain top quality results through their fast-paced growth.

Inspiring the talents of tomorrow

The entrepreneurs and talents of tomorrow are important factors for Linköpings continued growth. And it’s no secret where you’ll find them today - at school. That’s why at Linköping Municipality we’re always at work to inspire our youths and promote entrepreneurship. For example, we finance the two organizations Framtidsfrön (translated to Seeds of the future) and Junior Achievement Sweden. The latter offers high school students the opportunity to start and run their own business for one academic year, with guidance along the way.