IT University of Copenhagen

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IT University of Copenhagen
Danish: IT-Universitetet i København
Logo IT University of Copenhagen.jpg
MottoDedicated to the digital world
ChairmanMaria Rørbye Rønn
Vice-ChancellorMartin Zachariasen
Academic staff
Administrative staff
The interior design work at the IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen[3] (Danish: IT-Universitetet i København), often abbreviated and referred to as ITU (also in Danish), is a public university and research institution in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. It is specialized in the multidisciplinary study of information technology.

The IT University of Copenhagen was established in 1999, which makes it Denmark's youngest university. At that time, it was—in Danish—called "IT-højskolen". In 2003, when a new Danish university law [4] was passed, the IT University was officially appointed a university, and changed its name accordingly.[5]

In 2004, the university moved to its own new building in Ørestad,[6] a newly developed area in Copenhagen on the island of Amager. The new building was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen.[7] The university is located right between the University of Copenhagen's new South Campus and the headquarters of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), and close to the DR Byen metro station. In 2020, the university extended its campus, taking over facilities in the neighboring DR complex.[8]

The university originally only accepted students with a Bachelor's degree to its offered Master programs, but started its first Bachelor of Science program in Software Development in August 2007. As of 2018, the IT University offers four Bachelor programs (two of which are internationally oriented and taught in English), five Master study programs (two of which are internationally oriented and are taught in English), professional Master's study programs, a Diploma program, and approximately 100 courses each semester.

The IT University takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of information technology, drawing from a variety of academic perspectives. These include the natural sciences (traditional computer science), software engineering, data science, information economics, information systems, computational social science, science and technology studies (STS), CSCW, computer games studies, and the cultural and aesthetic aspects of IT.

There are approximately 90 faculty members, 50 Ph.D. students and more than 2,000 students.[9] Among all admitted Bachelor and Master students at the IT University in 2019, 38 per cent were females.[10]

Administration and Organisation[edit]

The IT University is governed by a board consisting of 9 members: 5 members recruited from outside of the university form the majority of the board, 1 member is appointed by the scientific staff, 1 member is appointed by the administrative staff, and 2 members are appointed by the university students.[11] The Vice Chancellor[12] is appointed by the university board. The Vice Chancellor in turn appoints deans and deans appoint heads of departments. There is no faculty senate and faculty is not involved in the appointment of Vice Chancellor, deans, or department heads.[13]

The university has three departments:

  • Business IT
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Design


The stated objective of the university's research is to strengthen Denmark's ability to create value with IT. The research aims to provide new insight that could be the foundation for new types of interaction, new breakthroughs in digital culture, better resource optimization, technological innovation and much more. An important part of the research conducted at the university is the PhD program. Each year, the IT University enrolls PhD students from all over the world.

The university's research practice is organized through several research groups and research centers:

  • Algorithms
  • Center for Computer Games Research
  • Center for Digital Welfare
  • Center for Information Security and Trust
  • Co-Design
  • Culture & Technology
  • Data-intensive Systems and Applications
  • Decidis
  • Design, Innovation og DigitaliseringsLab
  • Digital Platforms and Data
  • European Blockchain Center
  • Information Systems and Digital Innovation
  • IxD Lab
  • Machine Learning
  • MAD Art & Design
  • Natural Language Processing
  • NEtwoRks, Data, and Society
  • Programming Logic and Semantics
  • Research Centre for Government IT
  • Research Group Air Lab
  • Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Quality
  • Technologies in Practice

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2020", p. 21:
  2. ^ "Key Figures":
  3. ^ """Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-11-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Extract from "Universitetsloven", "" (in Danish):
  5. ^ "IT-Højskolen skifter navn" (in Danish), article from
  6. ^ About the Ørestad area://
  7. ^ About the building from "Henning Larsen: The IT University - projects":
  8. ^ "The IT University takes lodgings with the neighbors":
  9. ^ "Annual Report 2019", p. 20-21:
  10. ^ "Annual Report 2019", p. 44:
  11. ^ "The IT University has pointed out its Board"/"IT-Universitetet har udpeget sin bestyrelse" (in Danish): From
  12. ^ Mads Tofte continues as vice chancellor of the IT University:
  13. ^ "Bestyrelsen - IT-Universitetet i København". Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  14. ^ "Denmark". Directory of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Nottingham. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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Coordinates: 55°39′35″N 12°35′28″E / 55.65972°N 12.59111°E / 55.65972; 12.59111