Jönköping University Foundation is one of three Swedish private, non-profit institutions of higher education with the right to award doctorates. Its organisation differs from the "faculty logic" common in Sweden. Here, we will attempt to sort out the terminology.

The university is organised as a non-profit corporate group. The Group comprises Jönköping University Foundation and its six wholly owned subsidiaries. They are organised as limited companies and include: the School of Health and Welfare, the School of Education and Communication,  Jönköping International Business School, the School of Engineering as well as University Services and Jönköping University Enterprise. The Foundation conducts activities through the subsidiaries.

Organisation Chart Jönköping University

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Governing Board

The Governing Board is the highest decision-making body. Its Chairman and seven members are appointed by the Government. In addition, the President, one student representative and one teacher representative are also ordinary members.


The President has the overall responsibility for the university and is appointed by the Foundation Governing Board. The President and the President's Executive Team together constitute the Group management.

President and Management

University Executive Team

The University Executive Team meets every two weeks for the preparation of important issues and to provide a foundation of proposals that the President or Governing Board will decide on. The University Executive Team comprises the Group management, the schools' Deans, the Managing Director of University Services and Jönköping University Enterprise and the President of the Jönköping Student Union.

University Executive Team

Committees at Jönköping University

The committees are common and governing for all units within the Jönköping University Foundation.

Disciplinary Committee
The Board of Education and Research Education
The Board of Misconduct
Board of Appeals

The Four Schools

Education, research and commissions are conducted though four schools: the School of Health and Welfare, the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping International Business School and the School of Engineering.

The Dean is responsible for the continuous operations in each subsidiary.

The subsidiaries have several forums for preparation, coordination and activity establishment. Some examples are the companies' management groups, education and quality councils, research faculty, programme management groups, etc. 

University Services

University Services is the university's joint service company. University Services essentially provide all support operations such as study administration, studies and career guidance, IT service, care taker's office, communication and marketing as well as accounting and human resource administration.University Services is led by a Managing Director who is responsible for continuous operations.

See under Foundation Governing Board as to how the Foundation exercises its owner influence over the subsidiaries.

Jönköping University Enterprise

The company Jönköping University Enterprise (JUE) conducts education within Jönköping University. The mission of JUE is to provide preparatory education for higher studies.

JUE offers Pathway Programmes for international students who need to deepen their skills in language, mathematics and science in order to meet the requirements for higher education in Sweden. One of the main objectives for the Pathway Programmes is to prepare students for a life in Sweden and provide them with the best base for further higher studies at JU or any other Swedish university.

Yearly Planning Wheel for Jönköping University

Yearly Planning Wheel

Jönköping University's yearly planning wheel displays the processes for our work with quality, strategy and finances, as well as how these coincide with the meetings of the Foundation Governing Board and company boards.