Mid-Sweden University established on 1 July 1993 in Sweden. It is a Swedish state university located in the region around the geographical center of Sweden, with two campuses in the cities of Östersund and Sundsvall and it was the result of a merger between the University College of Sundsvall/Härnösand and the University College of Östersund. In 2001 Mid Sweden University was awarded university status in the natural sciences area of research including IT, and was thus entitled to issue doctoral degrees. Employees that were carrying out doctoral studies before then were enrolled at other universities, where they had their main supervisor, but also locally supervised at Mid Sweden University College. Effective 1 January 2005, the government of Sweden granted the institution the right to call itself a university and the schools name changed to Mid Sweden University. The university was organized into eight departments, of which four are multi-campus departments.