Happy birthday, Uppsala University!

7 October 2019

On 7 October, it is 542 years since teaching began at Uppsala University in 1477. This first day of higher education in the city is worth commemorating as the birth of academic Uppsala.

Uppsala University was founded in 1477:

In a bull issued on 27 February in response to an application initiated by Jakob Ulvsson, Pope Sixtus IV authorised the establishment of a university in Uppsala.

On 2 July, the university’s charter was signed in Strängnäs by the Council of the Realm, headed by Sten Sture.

On 21 September, the papal bull was ceremonially brought to Uppsala.

On 7 October (St Bridget’s Day), teaching began at the new university.