About Mälardalen University

MDU has campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås. Around 18 000 students study courses and programmes in Design and Communication, Economics, Healthcare, Education, Engineering, Chamber Music and Opera.

At MDU research is carried out in many disciplinary domains to solve problems in society, whereby research in Future Energy and Embedded Systems is internationally prominent. MDU enjoys a close collaboration with the private and public sectors, which contributes towards the better health of people and a more sustainable planet. The University is located on both sides of Lake Mälaren, with campuses in Eskilstuna and Västerås.


  • Students: 18 000
  • Study programmes: 55
  • Courses: 1 000
  • Teaching staff: 566


At MDU research is conducted in nine research specialisations that promote knowledge and development, for Swedish industry and peoples’ welfare, but also for solving the many challenges facing society:

  • Doctoral students: 244
  • Professors: 73
  • International agreements: 140 across the globe


MDU is one of Sweden’s foremost HEIs in terms of collaboration, which is a natural part of the University’s DNA. The University was established in 1977 as a result of collaboration with industry. This approach has been developed over the years, and today the University has several strategic collaboration agreements and projects in place with both the private and public sectors. Collaboration is an integral part of our education and research at MDU.

Our strategic collaboration partners: ABB, Hitachi Energy, Alstom, Eskilstuna Energi & Miljö, Eskilstuna Municipality, Mälarenergi, VafabMiljö, Volvo Construction Equipment, Sparbanken Rekarne and Västerås City.

MDU operates the following centres of expertise and collaboration platforms: Automation Region, Idélab, Mälardalen Industry Technology Center (MITC), Samhällskontraktet, Sörmlandskontraktet, Mälardalens teaching and learning skills centre (MKL), the Growth Engine and Robotdalen.

The University's Vision

A progressive and collaborative university where together we shape a sustainable future.

An International University

International activities are very important at Mälardalen University and the co-production profile is as important in the international activities,

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Work environment

In 1999 Mälardalen University became the first higher education institution (HEI) in the world to be environmentally certified, and in 2006 the University also became the first in Sweden to be work environment certified.

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Management and board

MDU is a state authority. The University's overarching work is led by the University Board. The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the authority and is directly subordinate to the Board.

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Gender equality at Mälardalen University

At MDU, men and women must be able to study and work on equal terms. That is why we work actively to promote gender equality.

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Sustainable development

In 2019, Mälardalen University signed the Climate Framework along with 35 other Swedish universities.

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Honorary doctors at MDU

We are proud of our strong and successful research tradition. An important part of our relations with the surrounding community is to confer the degree of honorary doctor on people who are important to us.

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