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Mission, vision and values

Lund University's vision is to be a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Part of the Main University Building's roof with statues and flags against a blue sky

Strategic plan 2017–2026

Lund University Strategic Plan 2017–2026 (PDF 514 kB, new tab)

Vision

A world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Priority areas 2017–2026

The strategic plan for 2017–2026 highlights six development areas:

  • Education and research are to be intertwined
  • Stimulating active collaboration to solve societal challenges
  • Continued development as an international university
  • Well-developed leadership and collegiality are success factors 
  • Students, employees and visitors are to be offered attractive environments
  • The potential of MAX IV and ESS is to be fully exploited.

Core values

Lund University is part of a worldwide academic community and stands behind the basic core values on which European universities agreed in the Magna Charta Universitatum. This document establishes the importance of autonomy and academic freedom. Universities are to be free of pressures from wider society and to defend the freedom, integrity and quality of education and research.

The core values are also based in Swedish laws. The organisation is to safeguard democracy, legality, impartiality, freedom of opinion, respect for the equal value of all human beings, efficiency and service as well as democratic principles and human rights and freedoms. Gender equality and diversity are fundamental principles in every part of our organisation.

Further values characterise Lund University and have done so for a long time: a critical and reflective perspective, objectivity, nonpartisanship, curiosity, engagement, compassion and humour.

Equal Opportunities Plan for Lund University

Lund University consists of the people who work or study here. We have various roles, are in different locations, and carry out different duties, but together we form a successful university with great breadth.
 
We are to be a world-class university that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. This is a vision that presupposes academic freedom but also a good work and learning environment.
 
The Equal Opportunities Plan for Lund University covers the period from 2022 to 2027. The plan highlights four overall goals:

  • Recruitment processes and career paths are to be free from discrimination.
  • There is to be a high level of knowledge and understanding of gender equality and equal opportunities in the organisation.
  • Systematic preventive work against discrimination (SFAD) is to be active and dynamic.
  • Management of, and preventive work against, victimisation, harassment and sexual harassment are to be professional.

Equal Opportunities Plan for Lund University (PDF on the Staff Pages, new tab)

Contact information

Vice-Chancellor
Erik Renström 

rektor [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 7001

Vice-Chancellor's Secretary
Elisabet Edman

elisabet [dot] edman [at] rektor [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 7003

Visiting address
Wrangel
Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Postal address
Lund University, Box 117
221 00 Lund, Sweden

Research strategy

See Lund University's research strategy 2017–2021 (PDF 575 kB, new tab)

Extended until 31 December 2022 in accordance with the vice-chancellor's decision of 4 November 2021.