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Dean's blog: What is the third task?

2013-10-10

In many instances we talk about the University’s mission as being two-fold: research and education. When Lund University was established in 1666, it’s symbol and motto were also created: “Ad utrumque parate” – “Prepared for both”. LU’s symbol, comprising a book and a sword, can be interpreted as two main tasks. The book represents academic learning manifested through education and research. The sword broadly represents our cooperation with the surrounding community. This happens by way of us making our knowledge available for cooperation and partnerships with private industry, government bodies, the general public, schools etc. This is what we commonly refer to as the ‘third task’.

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