Joined U21 in 1999
Lund University, with campuses in Lund, Malmo and Helsingborg, is the largest unit for research and higher education in Sweden. The University has about 30,000 students in total, with 8,000 studying at graduate level and 3,000 as research students. Over 6,000 students study online via the Lund net university. Lund has about 5,300 employees.
Students can choose from among some 100 educational programmes and over 1000 separate courses. Lund University offers 21 international masters programmes taught in English. Two thirds of the employees are teachers and researchers, while the rest are technical and administrative personnel.
The University is divided into eight faculties: Technology, Science, Law, Social Sciences, Economics and Management, Medicine, Arts and Theology, and Performing Arts. Since its foundation in 1666, the University has developed into a modern, international centre for research and higher education. The University co-operates with a great number of universities and research institutes all over the world. Within Sweden, the University cooperates widely with trade and industry as well as with governmental and other organisations. There are also various centres that cut across faculty and departmental boundaries. These include the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, the Max-Laboratory, the Food Centre, the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies and the Lund Strategic Research Centre for Stem Cell Biology and Cell Therapy. The majority of these are inter-disciplinary, with scholars from different subjects tackling a joint problem area on the basis of their respective specialized knowledge. The flexible form of organisation in these centres makes it possible to mobilize multi-disciplinary competence quickly for a particular research field. The idea of establishing such centres is to initiate, promote, and co-ordinate research and education in a certain area.
The university participates in extensive international exchange and collaboration programmes in undergraduate education, research and postgraduate studies together with a large number of universities and organisations around the world. The number of formal student exchange agreements with foreign universities alone amounts to about 600. Each year about 1,600 international students in exchange programs study at Lund University, and 800 Lund students study as exchange students at foreign universities.
The university is characterised by a democratic viewpoint, critical thinking, care for the global environment, and ethnic and social diversity. Innovative thinking combined with a humanistic perspective and a sense of humour are other values that Lund University represents.