Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Also, it is named the Capital of Scandinavia and the Venice of the North. The city is spread across 14 islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago and the Baltic Sea.  The area had a history long back to the Stone Age and was founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl. Currently, almost a fourth of the Swedish population lives in the city and the greater Stockholm area.

Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The old town, the medieval Gamla Stan, are home to a 13th-century cathedral, the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) and its underground armoury, cafes and restaurants. The Vasa Museum is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The city also hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. Stockholm is the seat of the Government of Sweden and most government agencies, and the official residences of the Swedish monarch and the Prime Minister. Stockholm was the European capital of culture in 1998 and the first European Green City in 2010. Stockholm is one of the five fastest growing cities in Europe, and it is one of the most connected city in the world.

Stockholm University

Since 1878, Stockholm University has been characterised by openness and innovation. A modern university with a multicultural environment, Stockholm University is one of the world’s top higher education institutes. 70,000 students, 1,800 doctoral students and 5,000 staff are active within science, the humanities and the social sciences.

Education and research at Stockholm University make a difference. The University contributes to individual and social change through top quality education and outstanding research. Our researchers contribute to the development of public policy and political decision-making and participate in Nobel Prize Committees and international expert bodies. In the history, six Nobel Laureates worked at Stockholm University, including four winners for Chemistry in 1903, 1929, 1943, and 1995, one winner for Economics in 1974, and one winner for Literature in 2011.

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world, and one of the top 50 universities in Europe, according to several well-established university ranking tables.

Department of Computer and Systems Sciences-DSV

DSV is Stockholm University's largest department. In 2017, DSV has 169 employees, total number of students is 5 054, of which 2246 are female (44%), and a turnover of over 232 MSEK. With a close relationship to society, well-established infrastructure and stable financial base, DSV has the best conditions to engage in both Swedish and international education as well as research.

One of the world’s first IT departments & Sweden's first IT department

DSV is the first and the oldest Information Technology (IT) department in Sweden and began combining Systems Sciences in a Social Sciences perspective with Applied Computer Science and Communication Technologies as early as in the 1960's. Professor Börje Langefors, the first professor at DSV, established both the Swedish term for computer dator and the term for the discipline information systems. Professor Langefors is one of the first receivers of the LEO Award in 1999 for his distinguished achievements and contributions of information systems research.

Interdisciplinary education and research

The academic activities at DSV range over a wide field characterized by interdisciplinary research and education and focuses on developing and adapting the use of IT to the needs of people, organizations and society. The Department has four main focus areas: Design for Learning, e-Government, ICT for Development and Arts in Technology in Society. DSV also operates at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) under the School of Information and Communication Technology (KTH Kista).

Right in the middle of one of the world's leading ICT clusters

DSV is located in Kista in Stockholm, right in the middle of one of the world’s leading ICT clusters Kista Science City, where there are more companies and research institutes in a limited area than anywhere else in Sweden. This provides DSV with unique opportunities to link our academic activities to the industry and organizations, and together we can create new business ideas, community services, and cultural and creative industries with the support of IT.

DSV 50 years celebration.

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