Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers University of Technology) was founded in 1829 following a donation by William Chalmers, director of the Swedish East India Company, and was transformed into an independent foundation in 1994. Chalmers has developed leading research in the areas of life sciences, materials science, information technology, micro-and nanotechnology, environmental sciences and energy. Chalmers’ annual turnover (2014) is 3 398 million SEK (appr. 380 million EUR), out of which 71 % is related to research. Around 66 % of the research funding is acquired in competition from external sources. Some 13 400 people, including 3 100 employees (2928 FTEs), work and study in Chalmers’ 17 departments.
The university offers PhD and Licentiate programmes as well as MScEng, MArch, BEng and nautical programmes. There are 6 450 students (FTE) in programmes leading to 1 200 Master’s degrees annually. About 1 140 students are involved in doctoral programs leading to 350 PhD and Licentiate of Technology degrees each year.