Education in Denmark is compulsory (Danish: undervisningspligt) for children below the age of 15 or 16. Even though it is not compulsory to attend Folkeskole (“public school”). The school years up to the age of fifteen/sixteen are known as Folkeskole, since any education has to match the level offered there. About 82% of young people take further education in addition to this. Government-funded education is usually free of charge and open to all. Denmark has a tradition of private schools and about 15.6% of all children at the basic school level attend private schools, which are supported by a voucher system.
1. University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) (Danish: Københavns Universitet) is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479 as a studium generale, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia after Uppsala University (1477). The university has 23,473 undergraduate students, 17,398 postgraduate students, 2,968 doctoral students, and over 9,000 employees. The university has four campuses located in and around Copenhagen, with the headquarters located in central Copenhagen. Most courses are taught in Danish; however, many courses are also offered in English and a few in German. The university has several thousands of foreign students, about half of whom come from Nordic countries.
2. Technical University of Denmark
The Technical University of Denmark (Danish: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet), often simply referred to as DTU. It is a university in Kongens Lyngby, 12 km. north of central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1829 at the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted as Denmark’s first polytechnic and is today ranked among Europe’s leading engineering institutions.
DTU, along with École Polytechnique in Paris, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University of Munich and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is a member of Eurotech Universities.
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 Aarhus, Denmark, in 1928 and comprises four faculties in Arts, Science and Technology, Health, and Business and Social Sciences and has a total of twenty-seven departments. It is home to over thirty internationally recognized research centres, including fifteen Centres of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The business school within Aarhus University, called Aarhus BSS, holds the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Equis accreditation, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This makes the business school of Aarhus University one of the few in the world to hold the so-called Triple Crown accreditation. Times Higher Education ranks Aarhus University in the top 10 of the most beautiful universities in Europe (2018).
4. Aalborg University
Aalborg University (AAU) is a Danish public university with campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg, and Copenhagen founded in 1974. The university awards bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and PhD degrees in a wide variety of subjects. The subject ranges within humanities, social sciences, information technology, design, engineering, exact sciences, and medicine.
The idea of a university in the North Jutland region started in 1961 when the North Jutland Committee for higher education institutions was established. On 19th of August, 1969 the Aalborg University Association was founded and a planning group was established with Eigil Hastrup as chairman. The same year in December about 1,000 people from North Jutland demonstrated in front of the Folketinget (the Danish parliament) for their cause.
5. Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business School (Danish: Handelshøjskolen I København) often abbreviated and referred to as CBS (also in Danish). It is a public university situated in Copenhagen, Denmark and is considered one of the most prestigious business schools in Western Europe and the world. CBS was established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education and Research (FUHU); however, it was not until 1920 that accounting became the first full study programme at CBS.
TheCBS has approximately 20,000 students and 2,000 employees and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes within a business. Typically with an interdisciplinary and international focus. CBS is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AMBA (Association of MBAs), as well as AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Thus making it one of the few schools worldwide to hold the “triple-crown” accreditation, and along with Aarhus BSS, the only two in Denmark.
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