Factsheet Lund

Which student profiles can you find at Lund University?

Lund University is an important point on the map of Swedish higher education research institutions. It’s eight faculties receive collectively almost 5 billion SEK yearly to pursue diverse research projects. Among them, Lund’s primary strongholds are neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, stem cell therapy, epidemiology, nanotechnology or advanced laser physics and spectroscopy. This highly advanced profile is complemented by intensive work in the fields of environment, climate, sustainable systems and biodiversity, but also in cognitive science and information technology.

Despite its focus on the intense research, many of Lund University’s alumni find jobs in other, not necessarily science-related sectors. The three most popular fields of employment are business development, education, and entrepreneurship, followed by positions in sales, operations, and finance.

This diversity may become more understandable, if one observes that Lund’s University boasts a well functioning knowledge-to-business transfer track, managing to transform many of the gains of research into well functioning innovative business ventures. In 2013 two of the world’s top 100 most innovative world companies came from the Lund business sector, and the University often collaborates with companies across the Øresund region in the areas such as food, environment, health, design, logistics and IT.

This fruitful coexistence between the researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs is facilitated by the fact that Lund is home to Sweden’s first research park, Ideon Science Park, founded there in the early 1980s. It is primarily through this hub that the research conducted at Lund University if transformed into business: out of more than a 700 companies that have operated in the Park since its inception, more than half originated from the university’s research.

You can find out more about the university research areas and potential jobs on the Lund University Employer Profile on Graduateland.

A short history of Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666, as an indirect aftermath of the Treaty of Roskilde, which meant that Denmark lost the southern cities of Skåne, Bleking, and Halland to Sweden. Already at that time, the city of Lund had had over two centuries of educational history, having been home to a studium generale, an equivalent of a university college for priests, which was established there in 1438. In its early days, Lund’s university consisted of the faculties of theology, law, medicine, and philosophy.

Although the process of significant institutional and organisational changes began already in the 18th century and continued through the 19th century, when the Faculty of Philosophy split into the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science, it was not until a hundred years later that the university reached its current structure. As late as in 1990, there were only 1000 students enrolled at the university, educated mainly to become higher state officials, priests, teachers, doctors, and lawyers. Today, Lund University is educating approximately 40,000 students and is one of the largest institutions of higher education and research in Sweden.

You can find a video presentation of the university here.

Recruiting from Lund University via Graduateland

If you are looking to recruit students and graduates from Lund University, you can choose to post your job ad specifically on their job portal, the MyCareer Lund University.

Lund Job Post Flow

You can select the portal when you post a job on the network (as shown in the screenshot above). You will also be able to see how many registered candidates at Lund University match your previously defined requirements for the job.

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