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Lund University celebrates 350 years

With a ceremony inside the main University building, Lund University’s 350th anniversary has now officially begun, and the extensive jubilee programme packed with more than 250 public events over the next 13 months has been released. The jubilee will last from 19 December 2016 until 28 January 2018, and these dates are based on the founding and inauguration of the University.
Photo: Jonas Andersson
Photo: Jonas Andersson

“Obviously, this is a celebration of our history – 350 years of education, research and innovations that have made an impact on our society – but we also want to use the anniversary to navigate toward the future and see what role the University can play both in Sweden and the world. This and much more will be reflected in our anniversary celebration”, says the chair of the Jubilee Committee and former Vice-Chancellor Göran Bexell.

The jubilee offers five thematic science weeks on current issues, lectures and seminars, a year-long jubilee course, art exhibitions and musical performances, festivities, an explorer day for our youngest visitors, an anniversary revue and much more. Several of the events include famous international and Swedish names from the world of research, as well as organisations, industry representatives and policy-makers.

The jubilee programme reflects the University’s diversity and range and includes events that have been created especially for the anniversary as well as the University’s regular outreach activities. The LU350 Office has coordinated all the initiatives from faculties and other parts of the organisation.

“Universities have never been more important than they are today. They represent new knowledge and critical thinking, which are becoming increasingly important in today’s social climate. Through the jubilee, we want to both look back and towards the future to discuss where – and to what – we are headed. How can we better understand our time and its development? And where do we want to be when we celebrate our 400th anniversary?”, says the Vice-Chancellor of Lund University Torbjörn von Schantz.

The celebration is intended for everyone: from a broad general public, alumni, students and staff, to national and international partners. The celebration is open to the public, with a few exceptions, and free, with activities in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. A number of events – many held in English – will be web cast. During the anniversary celebrations, Lund University will become even more open than usual.

The complete programme is available here.

Contact:
Cecilia Schubert
Jubilee Communications Officer
cecilia.schubert [at] kommunikation.lu.se
+46 73 062 38 58

 

 

 

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