LTU – Luleå Tekniska Universitet (Luleå University of Technology) is Scandinavia’s northernmost university with 1,600 employees and 17,000 students at four campuses: Luleå, Piteå, Skellefteå and Kiruna.

Besides LTU’s technology programs there are also programs in economics and social sciences, health sciences, teacher education programs as well as music, media and theatre.

The research is organized into interdisciplinary areas of study. The focus is on applied research in collaboration with industry. The university has 180 professors, approximately 900 lecturers and researchers and 600 graduate students.

Some 70 research subjects and a total turnover of SEK 800 million. Research areas where LTU leads the way include; mining engineering and metallurgy, energy technology and renewable energy, ICT and tribology (lubrication technology).

Research is conducted in close cooperation with companies such as Shell, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF, Airbus, Volvo Aero and IBM and with other leading international universities. Green Technology as well as mining engineering and metallurgy have been identified as strategic areas by the Swedish government.

Historically, Luleå is a port and industrial city based on the iron ore found in the Norrbotten region. The steel industry has long been the economic engine. Nowadays, the university is an equally important source of influence for the region and the county.