Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), in Karlskrona, Sweden was established in 1989 and is located in the county of Blekinge in south-east Sweden. It is the most distinctly profiled institute in Sweden, thanks to its strong emphasis on applied information technology, IT and sustainable development in industry and society. The institute BTH is one of three independent institutes of technology in Sweden and in 1999 it was granted university status in technology. In addition to the large number of nationalities represented at faculty level, foreign students from all over the world give BTH a truly international environment. The institute is ranked as number five among the top institutions in systems and software engineering in the world by the Journal of Systems and Software based on publications in 2003-2007, and as number six for the period 2004-2008. BTH has a very close collaboration with the Swedish software industry, such as Ericsson, ABB, Telenor, Sony Ericsson, and IBM. BTH also participate in a EMMC course (PLANET Europe)
BTH provides a prominent teaching and learning environment and opportunities to students who choose to come for their studies to Sweden. The institute has strong relationships with many Swedish software companies that guarantee opportunities to deal with industry's real problems. The courses provide a broad basis and cover several advanced topics, which the software engineering industry currently requires. The study material is designed to present a blend of state-of-practice and state-of-the-art. The programme has strong ties to the Software Engineering research group, one of the highly ranked research groups in the world in the subject, and provides many opportunities for students interested in research. As a result, many master theses are developed in close collaboration with industry and the results are published in international research conferences and journals.