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Here you will find detailed information about the university's governance.

Board of Karolinska Institutet

The function of a board is regulated in Goverment Regulation, the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. 

Internal Audit

The Internal Audit at Karolinska Institutet is an independent function working on behalf of the Board.

University Management

The operational leadership of Karolinska Institutet consists of the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and the university director.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for international affairs are appointed by Karolinska Institutet’s Vice-Chancellor for three-year terms, with a possibile extension. They reinforce the university leadership in the implementation of Strategy 2018. 


Karolinska Institutet has 22 departments and Comparative Medicine, Unit for Toxicology Sciences, Södertälje, University Library and University Administration.

As a KI employee you can find more detailed information about the Departments, Head of Department and Head of Business here.

Management group

The management group clarifies the degrees of authority and areas of responsibility of management, and satisfies the requirements of the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance for student influence in all preparatory and decision-making bodies.


Karolinska Institutet’s deans chair the Boards of Higher Education, Doctoral Education and Research and are responsible for each board's activities and budget. The deans coordinate their respective board activities under the direction of KI’s Vice-Chancellor.

Internal Boards

There are three internal boards at Karolinska Institutet with responsibility for higher education, doctoral/third level education and research respectively. The boards operate under the aegis of the University Board and Vice-Chancellor. Each operational board has a dean, an assistant dean and ordinary members.

Councils and Committees

Karolinska Institutet has a variety of boards, councils and committees.

Strategy and quality management

Overall strategies and quality work at Karolinska Institutet.