University of Greenland

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University of Greenland
Kalaallit Nunaata Universitetia
University of Greenland logo.png
Established 1987
Rector Ole Marquardt
Academic staff 14
Admin. staff 21
Students 150
Location Nuuk, Greenland
Affiliations UArctic

The University of Greenland (Greenlandic: Ilisimatusarfik; Danish: Grønlands Universitet) is Greenland's only university. It is located in the capital city of Nuuk. Most courses are taught in Danish and a few in Greenlandic.

The university had an enrollment of approximately 150 students in 2007, almost all local inhabitants. It has around fourteen academic staff and five technical-administrative employees.[1] The modest student population is due in part to the government's policy allowing students a free university education anywhere in Europe or North America, with most Greenlandic students going to school in Denmark.[2][3]


The University of Greenland was established in 1987 to provide local higher education for Greenland. It was originally located in the former Moravian mission station of Neu Herrnhut, and moved into a dedicated research complex, Ilimmarfik, in 2009. The university has a DKK 14.8 million budget.


Ilimmarfik university Campus in Nuuk

The university has four departments:[4]

  • Department of Management and Economics
  • Department of Language, Literature and Media Studies
  • Department of Cultural and Social History
  • Department of Theology

The university awards Baccalaureate degrees in all departments and Master's Degrees in all areas except Theology. Ph.D.-programmes have been offered and at the moment five students are taking the degree.


Its library holds approximately 30,000 volumes.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ About the University. "ca. 150 studenter; 14 lærere foruden rektor samt 5 teknisk-administrativt ansatte."
  2. ^ Kim A. McDonald. "Modest University Aims to Serve Greenland's Particular Needs". Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  3. ^ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Secretary-General (1 January 2011). NORA Region: The Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Coastal Norway. OECD Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-92-64-09762-9. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Member survey report for: Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland". uarctic. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 

External links[edit]

Official website


Coordinates: 64°11′27″N 51°41′46″W / 64.19083°N 51.69611°W / 64.19083; -51.69611