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Annual report for 2021 complete – growth in all aspects of Lund University

Spring in front of the University building.

The annual report for 2021 has now been published. It shows that, despite the pandemic, we are performing well in most areas. Revenues came in at SEK 9 455 million (compared with SEK 9 104 million in 2020) and the number of students continues to rise.

‟Lund University has succeeded in growing on almost all fronts despite two years of pandemic. This testifies to a stable foundation, competent teaching staff and researchers, determined students and good resilience”, says Tim Ekberg, planning manager at the offices of the vice-chancellor.

Diagram showing figures for finances, employees and students.
The diagram shows revenues, number of students, number of PhD-students and number of employees.

The 2021 annual report is an impressive presentation which summarises the University’s past year. It presents the University in figures, results and financial reports. In addition, the document highlights important events that occurred during the year at the faculties and within the central administration. It provides a good picture of the University’s impressive breadth and helps us to see how the various parts fit into a larger context.

More students and more degrees awarded

In 2021, there were just over 29 000 full-time equivalent students enrolled (compared with 28 341 in 2020). The proportion of women is 56.5%, which is an increase of 0.5%. During 2021, around 123 000 people applied for a course or programme at Lund University, an increase of 14%.

Applicants could choose between close to 90 degree programmes in the first cycle, over 180 second cycle degree programmes and just over 1 400 freestanding courses.

The number of degree certificates issued in the first and second cycles increased by 21% over the past five years. Vocational qualifications in the first cycle are the type of degree that has seen the greatest increase by far in percentage terms.

The number of fee-paying full-time students (from countries beyond the EU) continues to rise, from 1 053 in 2020 to 1 129 in 2021. The number of full-time equivalent students in commissioned education and contract education was 239, an increase of 57.

The University has also taken on more staff. In December 2021, there were 7 380 full-time equivalent employees. The proportion of women among recently recruited professors increased to 47%. Absence due to illness among staff dropped slightly compared to 2020.

Courses and study programmes at a good level and top-class research

Last autumn, the University was generously rewarded when the Swedish Higher Education Authority assessed the quality assurance work for our study programmes.

With regard to our international exchanges, the number of fee-paying students and outgoing exchange students has increased, whereas the number of incoming exchange students dropped as a result of the pandemic.
Lund University conducts research of the highest international quality. Approximately half of the revenues for research and third cycle education, SEK 3 400 million, come from external funding bodies.

The external revenues are crucial to much of the research done at LU. Just as in the previous year, the biggest grant providers in 2021 were the Swedish Research Council, the EU and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. However, distribution of funding is uneven among the various faculties. The external funding particularly benefited the STEM faculties (Medicine, Science and Engineering).

Renewal of research was a pervasive theme during the past year and an increasing proportion of research focuses on sustainability. During spring 2021, the University decided to set aside a total of SEK 100 million over four years towards a research programme for excellence focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development. Three research projects with a total of ten postdocs were granted a total of SEK 23.5 million in the first round and a new call for applications has now been published.

Read more about the annual report on the Staff Pages.