Lund University in Sweden, founded in 1666, is Scandinavia's largest institution for education and research. The University has eight faculties, with 42 500 students and 6 000 employees in total. There are a large number of multi-disciplinary centra at the University. More than 3 000 graduate students work at Lund University, 45% of them women. Most doctorates are awarded in the medical sciences, followed closely by technology and the natural sciences. 435 new research students were accepted in 2004, half of them women; 458 doctorates were awarded the same year. In 2004 the University had 554 professors, of which 14% were women. Lund University participates in around 200 research projects within the education and research program of the European Union. 54 are co-ordinated from Lund. In 2004 Lund University was host to the largest number of exchange students of all Swedish institutions of higher education. Fourteen percent of those who studied in Sweden were admitted to Lund University.

The city of Lund ( is located in the south of Sweden, 65 km to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. The international airport at Kastrup, Denmark, is located 57 km from Lund and can be easily accessed by frequent local trains.

The university's presence clearly sets its stamp on the city of Lund with 102 000 inhabitants. The numerous students give the population an unusual age structure: Lund is a youthful city that never really grows old - despite its long history as the oldest town in present-day Sweden. As early as the end of the tenth century, there was permanent settlement around a church and a royal mint.
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