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Lund University climbs in global ranking, wins sustainability award

Pink flowers in front of the Main University Building. Photo: Kennet Ruona.

Lund University has risen to 75th place in the prestigious QS annual ranking. This is an improvement of ten spots on the previous year, placing Lund as the top ranked comprehensive university in Sweden. In addition, the University has been awarded the QS Sustainability Champions Award.

QS has published annual university rankings since 2004. On 4 June, QS published its latest list (ranking 2025) for which 5,663 higher education institutes were evaluated and 1,503 universities ranked. 

Lund University has for several years been rated among the top 100 and this year is placed at number 75. This makes Lund University Sweden’s second highest ranked higher education institution in the QS World University Rankings 2025, after KTH. The University has risen ten places compared with the previous year, from number 85 to 75 and over the past three years there has been a total rise of 20 places. This is the best rating since the 2017 ranking, and means that Lund University is at the top in Sweden among higher education institutions with several faculties.

“It is very gratifying that for the third year in succession Lund University has risen in the QS ranking and that we continue to climb in the world top 100 list despite tougher global competition. It shows the fantastic work that our students and staff do to create a top-class university,” says Vice-Chancellor Erik Renström.

QS bases its ranking on a number of different indicators such as Academic Reputation, Citations per Faculty, International Research Network, Employer Reputationand Sustainability.

Lund University is rated in the top 50 in the world in the following areas: 

  • Sustainability, number 8 (previous year 14)
  • International Research Network, number 48 (52)

In connection with the announcement of the QS ranking at the QS Summit in Washington D.C. it was confirmed that Lund University had won the QS Sustainability Champions Award. The prize is awarded to higher education institutions that have a strong commitment and a history of having actively worked for sustainability, which is shown through Lund University being among the 10 best regarding the Sustainability indicator.

“It is a great honour for Lund University to have received a prize for its sustainability work and that we are ranked number 8 in sustainability among all the universities in the world. We have really succeeded in utilising the University’s breadth in research and integrating sustainability in programmes at the faculties. This spurs us on to advance our work on sustainability in research, education and our own organisation,” says Per Mickwitz, pro vice-chancellor for research, sustainability and campus development.