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Mission and vision

The activities of the Stockholm School of Economics rest upon a clear mission and vision.


Strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness through research and science- based education.


A world-class international business school based in Sweden.

Values and educational mission: FREE

SSE works to help our graduates acquire the attributes embodied in the acronym FREE. This begins by attracting faculty, professional staff, and students who approach the world with curiosity and confidence. It continues by embracing these attributes as core values.

Fact and science based mindset

Fundamentally, we are a scientific institution and facts are the basis for all critical and analytical thinking. A foundation in facts help thinkers to differentiate types of knowledge, an ability that becomes particularly important in a erratic world in constant change.

Reflective and self aware

The future will require a higher level of reflection and self-knowledge. Individuals trained at SSE will be able to contemplate what role they play in the world, understand he impact they have on others, evaluate their personal preferences, and be aware of how their choices are determined.

Empathetic and culturally literate

Empathy and cultural sensitivity are attributes that artificial intelligence cannot replicate today. We are convinced that an empathetic person becomes a better decision maker, co-worker, or researcher. The future will demand that decision makers can interact effectively regardless of their background, expertise, or profession.

Entrepreneurial and responsible

SSE graduates will have an entrepreneurial and creative approach to the world. They will challenge the status quo and work to promote responsible change. At SSE, this approach helps lead the way for societal improvement and impact.