Promotion ceremony, 1981-11-06. Cathedral in Luleå Photo: K. Roland Lindfors View original picture , opens in new tab/window

The years 1980 - 1989

Published: 8 July 2019

The 1980s see the first conferment of doctors’ degrees at the University. Twelve doctor’s degrees are conferred and ten professors are installed. The University also confers its first honorary doctorates on Lars Granar, Gösta Hägglund, Ragnar Lassinantti and Lars Nordström.

1989 - 1990

  • The MSc programme in Structural Engineering begins
  • The first company moves into Aurorum
  • Trelleborg AB donates ten million SEK to set up a research and development foundation at the University
  • The University acquires its first professors in the Fine Arts when Hans-Ola Ericsson is installed as Professor of Organ Music and Jan Sandström as Professor of Composition
  • Erik Höglund becomes the University’s first professor to have received both his MSc and his PhD from Luleå University
  • Two more professorships are established

1988 - 1989

  • The University’s first Masters of Science in Industrial Work Environment receive their degrees
  • The University has more first-choice applicants per place for its MSc programmes in engineering than the national average
  • The first students are admitted to the new BEd programme for the Compulsory School for Forms 1-7
  • The Electronics and Computer Technology programme begins in Skellefteå
  • The Advanced Vocational Training programmes are combined to form just two: Structural Engineering and Industrial Engineering
  • The University’s various programmes in Skellefteå are brought together in one department
  • The new Students' Union Building is inaugurated
  • Another new professorship is established

1987 - 1988

  • The MSc programme in Industrial Engineering and Management is established
  • The teacher training programmes are relocated from the old college premises to the University campus at Porsön
  • The University’s faculty appropriation is raised by 40% through the "Norrbotten Package" regional development programme
  • A new investment company is set up to support enterprises that develop out of the University’s research activities. The company is called Norrbottningen AB but changes its name two years later to Rödkallen AB
  • The House of Technology is inaugurated
  • Ten more professorships are established

1986 - 1987

  • The Church Music programme begins in Piteå
  • The University’s MSc programmes in engineering are extended from 4 to 4½ years
  • The Bachelor’s degree is reintroduced
  • Henning Johansson becomes the first professor in Educational Science at the University
  • Skeria (Skellefteå Education and Research for Industrial Applications) is inaugurated
  • Another new professorship is established

1985 - 1986

  • The University confers its first MSc degrees in Computer Science and Engineering
  • The School of Music moves into its new premises
  • The Aurorum Foundation is set up with the aim of establishing a science park close to the University
  • COLDTECH (The Cold Climate Technology Centre) is established
  • LKAB makes 5 million SEK available to the University through a fund
  • Sofia Hambraeus is the 1,000th student to receive an MSc degree at Luleå University
  • Four more professorships are established

1984 - 1985

  • The Industrial Work Environment study programme is established
  • The Systems Science study programme is established
  • The University Library is expanded to double its size

1983 - 1984

  • The Business Administration and Economics programme is given a major reform and extended to 3½ years
  • Fewer teacher training programmes are offered because the Government fears there will be a surplus of teachers
  • Luleå University is the first in Sweden to install equipment for hot isostatic pressing, which is used for example in ceramics research
  • Luleå University is granted 500,000 SEK to run the FLIT project that aims to attract more women to engineering studies
  • The University holds its second conferment of doctor’s degree’s and its third ceremonial installation of professors

1982 - 1983

  • The first wood science students arrive at Skellefteå
  • Centek (International Training and Development Centre) is established
  • The Computer Science programme is established
  • The Companies’ Centre behind the F Building is inaugurated. One of its pioneers is Erisoft
  • The University signs its first agreement for student and researcher exchanges with a foreign university, with the Colorado School of Mines at Golden in Colorado, U.S.A.
  • Ren Lixing från Kina becomes the first woman to defend a thesis at the University
  • The University’s first Licentiate degree is conferred on Bengt Stillborg

1981 - 1982

  • The Civil Engineering programme is established. All places are filled
  • The first MSc degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering are conferred as are the first MEd degrees in music
  • The University confers its first doctor’s degrees. Twelve doctor’s degrees are conferred and ten professors are installed. The University also confers its first honorary doctorates on Lars Granar, Gösta Hägglund, Ragnar Lassinantti and Lars Nordström

1980 - 1981

  • The Computer Programming study programme is established
  • Eric Forssberg is elected Dean
  • "Creative Writing" is given as an open university course for everyone living in Norrbotten. The course is given on local radio
  • Two more professorships are established