Education in Denmark is compulsory for children below the age of 15 or 16. But it is not compulsory to attend Folkeskole (“public school”). The school years up to the age of fifteen/sixteen are normally known as Folkeskole since any education has to meet the level offered there. About 82% of young people take further education besides this. Denmark has a tradition of private schools and universities, which are generally supported by a voucher system.
1. University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is Denmark’s oldest university and research institution (Danish: Kbenhavns Universitet). It is the second-oldest higher education institution in Scandinavia, after Uppsala University, having been founded in 1479 as a studium generale (1477). The institution has about 9,000 staff and 23,473 undergraduate students, 17,398 postgraduate students, 2,968 PhD students. The institution is spread across four campuses in and around Copenhagen, with its headquarters in the city centre. The majority of courses are taught in Danish, although several are also available in English and a few in German.
2. Technical University of Denmark
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) is the Danish Technical University (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet). It is a university in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, 12 kilometres north of Copenhagen. It was created in 1829 as Denmark’s first polytechnic on the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted and is now one of Europe’s major engineering universities.
Eurotech Universities is made up of DTU, École Polytechnique de Paris, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University of Munich, and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
3. Aarhus University
Aarhus University (Danish: Aarhus Universitet, abbreviated AU) is the largest and second oldest research university in Denmark. The University is ranked among the top 100 world’s best universities, belongs to the Coimbra Group, the Guild, and Utrecht Network of European universities and is a member of the European University Association.
The university was founded in 1928 in Aarhus, Denmark, and contains twenty-seven departments and four faculties in Arts, Science and Technology, Health, and Business and Social Sciences. It is home to approximately thirty internationally prominent research centres, including fifteen Danish National Research Foundation-funded Centres of Excellence. Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University’s business school, is accredited by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Times Higher Education ranks Aarhus University in the top 10 of the most beautiful universities in Europe (2018).
4. Aalborg University
Aalborg University (AAU) was formed in 1974 and is a Danish public university with campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg, and Copenhagen. The institution offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of areas. Humanities, social sciences, information technology, design, engineering, exact sciences, and medicine are all covered.
The North Jutland Committee for Higher Education Institutions was formed in 1961 with the goal of establishing a university in the region. The Aalborg University Association was founded on August 19, 1969, and a planning group was formed with Eigil Hastrup as chairman.
5. Copenhagen Business School
The Copenhagen Business School (Danish: Handelshjskolen I Kbenhavn) is sometimes shortened to CBS (also in Danish). It is a public university in Copenhagen, Denmark, that is widely regarded as having one of the best business schools in Western Europe and the globe. The Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education and Research (FUHU) founded CBS in 1917, but it wasn’t until 1920 that accounting became a full study subject at CBS.
CBS has over 20,000 students and 2,000 employees, and it offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate business programmes. Usually transdisciplinary and worldwide in scope. CBS is recognised by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AMBA (Association of MBAs), and AACSB (Association of American Colleges and Schools of Business) (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). As a result, it is one of the few schools in the world to hold the “triple-crown” certification, and it is one of only two in Denmark, together with Aarhus BSS.