Lund University

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Group.png Lund University  
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MottoAd utrumque
HeadquartersLund, Sweden
TypePublic research university
Traditionally very upper class environment

Lund University (Template:Lang-sv) is a public university in Sweden and one of northern Europe's oldest universities. The university is located in the city of Lund in the province of Scania, Sweden. It arguably traces its roots back to 1425, when a Franciscan studium generale was founded in Lund. After Sweden won Scania from Denmark in the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde, the university was officially founded in 1666 on the location of the old studium generale next to Lund Cathedral.

Lund University has nine faculties, with additional campuses in the cities of Malmö and Helsingborg, with 40,000 students in 270 different programmes and 1,300 freestanding courses. The university has some 600 partner universities in nearly 70 countries and it belongs to the League of European Research Universities as well as the global Universitas 21 network. Lund University is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities.[1][2]

Two major facilities for materials research are in Lund University: MAX IV, a synchrotron radiation laboratory – inaugurated in June 2016, and European Spallation Source (ESS), a new European facility that will provide up to 100 times brighter neutron beams than existing facilities today, to be opened in 2023.[3]

The university centers on the Lundagård park adjacent to the Lund Cathedral, with various departments spread in different locations in town, but mostly concentrated in a belt stretching north from the park connecting to the university hospital area and continuing out to the northeastern periphery of the town, where one finds the large campus of the Faculty of Engineering.

20th century – present

In the early 20th century, the university had a student population as small as one thousand, consisting largely of upper-class pupils training to become civil servants, lawyers and doctors. In the coming decades, it started to grow significantly until it became one of the country's largest. In 1964 the social sciences were split from the Faculty of Humanities. Lund Institute of Technology was established in 1961 but was merged with Lund University eight years later.

In recent years, Lund University has been very popular among applicants to Swedish higher education institutions, both nationally[4] and internationally.[5][6] For studies starting in autumn 2012, Lund received 11,160 foreign master's applications from 152 countries, which was roughly one third of all international applications to Swedish universities.

Research centres

The university is also organised into more than 20 institutes and research centres,[7] such as:

Esaias Tegnér statue near the towering Lund Cathedral.
  • Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)
  • Biomedical Centre
  • Centre for Biomechanics
  • Centre for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering - Kemicentrum
  • Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
  • Centre for European Studies
  • Centre for Geographical Information Systems (GIS Centrum)
  • Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE)
  • Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University
  • Centre for Molecular Protein Science
  • Centre for Risk Analysis and Management (LUCRAM)
  • International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University (IIIEE)
  • Lund Functional Food Science Centre
  • Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC)
  • MAX lab - Accelerator physics, synchrotron radiation and nuclear physics research
  • Pufendorf Institute
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Swedish South Asian Studies Network


Alumni on Wikispooks

Klas Böök10 March 19095 January 1980SwedenDiplomat
Central banker
Swedish diplomat and economist who served as Governor of the Swedish National Bank from 1948 to 1951
Ingvar Carlsson9 November 1934Politician
Took over as Sweden's PM upon the assassination of Olof Palme.
Tage Erlander13 June 190121 June 1985SwedenPoliticianSwedish PM for 25 years
Kjell-Olof Feldt18 August 1931SwedenPoliticianSocial Democrat Minister of Finance who attended Bilderberg and initiated large neoliberal changes.
Pehr G. Gyllenhammar8 April 1935SwedenDeep state actor
Swedish CEO, European Round Table of Industrialists, Banque Rothschild, with deep state ties
Lars Jonung11 September 1944SwedenEconomistSwedish economist who attended the 1991 Bilderberg
Annie Lööf16 July 1983SwedenPoliticianSwedish politician
Bertil Ohlin23 April 18993 August 1979SwedenPolitician
Swedish economist and politician who attended 3 Bilderbergs up to the 1962 Bilderberg
Karin Olofsdotter16 June 1966SwedenDiplomatSwedish diplomat and Swedish Ambassador to the United States
Mauricio Rojas28 June 1950Sweden
Chilean born Swedish politician. Attended the 1999 Bilderberg meeting as leader of the neoliberal think tank Timbro. Prominent in immigrant integration questions for the Liberal Party.
Anders Tegnell17 April 1956SwedenDoctorState epidemiologist of Sweden during COVID.
Michael Treschow22 April 1943SwedenBusinessperson