With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. Approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums, etc., form the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place.
These activities take place in various environments ranging from the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, through high-technology laboratories and auditoriums, to the historic buildings and lecture rooms of Frue Plads and other locations.
With its more than 530 years, the University of Copenhagen is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Being the largest institution of education and research in Denmark, the University has gone through numerous changes through the ages. The University of Copenhagen was inaugurated on June 1st 1479, after King Christian I was granted approval for its establishment by Pope Sixtus IV. Based on a German model, the university consisted of four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy.
A number of researchers at the University have achieved such remarkable research results that they have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The University of Copenhagen is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia. The University of Copenhagen has had 8 Nobel Prize laureates.
The University consists of 6 faculties and around 100 departments and research centres:
Copenhagen is relatively small (1.2 mill) and compact compared to other capitals, so it is easy to quickly know your way around. The University of Copenhagen has four campus areas in Copenhagen. The University premises range from historic buildings in the medieval city centre to modern buildings being constructed today to develop the campus areas and accommodate state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.