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Broad rangeOffers endlesspossibilitieseducationThe Lundagård park– a classic meetingplace and cycle routefor Lund Universitystudents.lund university is a meeting placefor students from around the world.This is perhaps most obvious at the startof each semester, when new studentsfill the campus, streets, parks and cafés.Every year some 46 000 people study atthe University.We offer Sweden’s largest and broadestrange of education within engineering,science, law, social sciences, economics,medicine, humanities, theology and thefine arts. In other words, there is somethingfor every student among our 315study programmes and more than 1 600free-standing courses. The possibilities toput together a personalised programmeof study are almost endless. At Master’slevel there are around 100 one- andtwo-year programmes, which for severalyears in a row have had more applicantsthan any other Swedish higher educationinstitution.Lund University strives to maintain thehighest quality in all education. In orderto achieve this, exchange with the rest ofthe world is an important strategy. Manyof our courses are given in English andin collaboration with other universitiesin Sweden and abroad. Of all Swedishuniversities, we send out and receive themost exchange students. Our studentscan choose between exchanges in over 50countries all over the world.Lund is Sweden’s strongest researchuniversity and this is also apparent inthe education that is closely linked tocurrent research. For those who wish todeepen their knowledge, there are goodopportunities to go on to research studies.The expertise of the teaching staff ishigh and almost 80 per cent of lecturershold PhDs. Education is also providedin cooperation with the surroundingcommunity and a degree from LundUniversity is attractive on the labourmarket.One feature of the University thatstands out is the student representationand influence in all bodies at all levels. Wesee the students as colleagues who haveIn Lund there aremany informalmeeting placeswhere studentscan socialise, eatand study.Left: Café Athenat the AcademicSociety. Right:Entrance hall atthe Centre forLanguages andLiterature. lu n d u n i v e r s i t ya major influence on the University’sdevelopment.


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In the modernpremises of theClinical ResearchCentre (left) and theBiomedical Centre(right) research isconducted in closecooperation withhealth services inMalmö and Lund.There are excellentopportunities availableto combine clinicaland experimentalresearch.researchSweden’s strongestRESEarch universityThis picture showsso-called ‘nanotrees’.Nanoscience is one ofaround 30 researchareas in whichLund University isconsidered worldleading.lund university is Sweden’s strongestresearch university and in recent yearshas been awarded more research fundingthan any other Swedish higher educationinstitution. The successes can largely beattributed to the interdisciplinary researchthat is carried out and the diversity thatour full-scale University can offer.We know that regional, national andinternational collaboration can helpin finding solutions to major currentand future issues. All interdisciplinarycollaboration at the University hasdeveloped specifically in order to addressincreasingly complex social problems. Thelu n d u n i v e r s i t y 9


esearchUniversity is also a member of a numberof international networks of leadingresearch-intensive higher educationinstitutions, such as the European networkleru and the international Universitas 21.Most of the research can be groupedinto several overarching areas that verydirectly address the challenges facinghumanity. These are life sciences, healthand ageing, complex systems, climate,environment, energy and economics,advanced materials, economic, social andpolitical systems and human development,conditions and democracy.At our eight faculties there are over 550professors and 2 300 research students.The research is of benefit to our students,who are able to acquaint themselves withthe latest discoveries during their studies.It is the world around us thatdetermines whether our research is of thehighest quality. And it does, according toan independent, international evaluation.Microscope imageof pollen grains.Research on pollencan show howvegetation changesover a long periodof time. The resultshelp decision-makersto understand theconsequences ofdifferent decisionsfor sustainabledevelopment.World-class research is carried outin nanoscience, automatic controlengineering, physics, chemistry, biology,quaternary sciences, philosophy andeconomic history. The research ondiabetes and neuro degenerative diseasessuch as Parkinson’s disease is worldleading. Research on music education isalso ranked as world class.But we are not resting on our heels.Quite the opposite. The University hasreceived the mandate from the SwedishGovernment to develop more strategicLeft: At the WallenbergNeuroscienceCentre in Lund,research is conductedon injury and healingprocesses in the centralnervous system.Right: The HumanitiesLaboratory is the firstlaboratory of its kindin the world. Here theinterplay betweenlanguage, thought,communication andlearning is studied. lu n d u n i v e r s i t y


Above: Pre-eclampsiaaffects around 8 millionwomen each year.Researchers at LundUniversity have discovereda simple way toidentify which womenare at risk at an earlystage. A possible curefor the condition hasalso been developed.Left: The artificialkidney has its originsat Lund University. Themultinational companyGambro was foundedon the invention andits products now makelife easier for dialysispatients around theworld.


Modern MEETINgplace withMEDIEVal rootsThe twin towersof the cathedralgive the city of Lundits characteristicsilhouette.lund university is strongly associatedwith the city of Lund. The Universitywas founded in 1666 and the institutionhas influenced the entire city. In thecentre of Lund lies Lundagård, the parksurrounded by a number of the city’smost interesting buildings: the cathedraldating back to the 12th century,Kungshuset from the end of the 16thcentury and not least the white Universitybuilding, Universitetshuset, in classicalstyle from the late 19th century. The AFbuilding can also be found here – thecentre of Lund’s vibrant student life sincethe mid-19th century.Lund has almost 110 000 inhabitants,and a large proportion of these have linksto the University. The large number ofstudents gives Lund a youthful characterand contributes to the city’s rich café culture,nightlife and ‘spex’ amateur theatretradition. For a number of years, Lundhas been voted Sweden’s most popularstudent city. Lund’s city centre is smalland picturesque, with many traces of thecity’s 1 000-year history, including theMany students meetat cafés to socialiseand study. Duringthe summer months,Lund’s rich café lifemoves out into thestreets and squares.UniversitetshusetUniversitetshuset isLund University’s mainbuilding, designedby Helgo Zettervall.The building wasopened in 1882 andhouses the grandUniversity assemblyhall, where professorialinaugurations andother ceremonies takeplace. Universitetshusetalso housesthe offices of theVice-Chancellor andsome of the Universityadministration. TheUniversity fountain is attimes a popular bathingspot for students. lu n d u n i v e r s i t ywinding medieval cobbled streets. Thebest way to get around is by bicycle oron foot.


UniversitetsbiblioteketTegnérsalen (below)in the UniversityLibrary is a popularplace to study. TheUniversity Library(above) is a publicresearch library withcollections that fillover 100 000 metresof shelves. The stockspans over 1 000years and all fields.The library is part ofthe Lund UniversityLibraries network,which comprises some30 libraries in Lund,Malmö and Helsingborg.KungshusetKungshuset wascompleted in 1584and was originally theresidence of the Danishking’s sheriff. At theend of the 17th centuryKungshuset becameLund University’s mainbuilding and fulfilledthis function for 200years. It also housed theUniversity Library. At onepoint there was also anastronomical observatoryin the tower and ananatomical theatre.lu n d u n i v e r s i t y


Botaniska trädgårdenThe Botanical Gardensconserve around 7 000species on 8 hectaresof land in central Lund.The Gardens operatea wide variety ofactivities in the areasof botany, horticulture,plant preservationand environmentalawareness, not onlyfor the University’steaching and research,but also for pre-schools,schools, the public andpublic authorities. TheGardens also serveas a park in which torelax or a source ofinspiration for morethan 150 000 visitorsannually.VattenhallenVattenhallen ScienceCentre at the Facultyof Engineering is anexperiment centreaimed at school classesand other groupswho want to try outexperiments in science.Historiska museetThe Historical Museumat Lund University wasfounded in 1805 andis Sweden’s secondlargest archaeologicalmuseum. The museum’scollections includeKilian Stobaeus’s curiocabinet from the 18thcentury, many findsfrom the excavationsof the Iron Age townof Uppåkra andnumerous Stone-,Bronze- and Iron-Agefinds from Skåne.Skissernas museumAt the Museumof Sketches thereare exhibitions ofsketches, preparatorystudies and modelsfor public art. Theaim is to expose thecreative process – the“artwork’s birth”, asmuseum founder RagnarJosephson put it. Todaythe museum increasinglyfocuses on highlightingthe different aspectsof public art and itsdevelopment. lu n d u n i v e r s i t y


SWEDENLJUNGBYHEDHELSINGBORGCOPENHAGENhowever, the university has todaylong since outgrown its original clothes.Now we are a part of the Öresundregion and have significant activities inboth Malmö and Helsingborg. Bothcities are characterised by their coastallocation on the Öresund strait. LundUniversity is also part of the ØresundUniversity, which is a network of11 Swedish and Danish higher educationinstitutions.Even if it was the Danes who foundedthe city of Lund in the 10th century, thedistance to Denmark and Copenhagenhas never been shorter than it is today.Via the Öresund Bridge it takes just overan hour to travel from Lund to Copenhagen,which facilitates both cooperationand mobility of researchers and studentsthroughout the Öresund region.The Öresund region is distinctlyknowledge intensive and a largeproportion of the business sector hasits origins in research. The region hasalso become a creative meeting placefor culture and the formation of newideas, and a hub for people of differentbackgrounds and nationalities. Manyexperience the region as open andwelcoming, and we want to safeguardand build on this.DENMARKCampus Helsingborgis the part of LundUniversity that isgrowing at the fastestrate. Here educationis offered in strategiccommunication andservice management.Right: The ÖresundBridge provides a quickroute to the Danishcapital Copenhagen.MALMÖLUNDThe Academiesof Music, Dramaand Art form theFaculty of Fine andPerforming Arts,which is based inMalmö.lu n d u n i v e r s i t y 9


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