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The IT University of Copenhagen is a Danish
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

 globally oriented, independent university.

The IT University of Copenhagen was established in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, Denmark
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

 in 1999. At that time, it was - in Danish - called "IT-højskolen". In 2003, when a new Danish University Law was passed, the IT University was officially appointed a University
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

, the twelfth and smallest university in Denmark, and therefore changed its name to the IT University of Copenhagen - IT-Universitetet i København in Danish.

In 2004, the university moved to its own new building in Ørestad
Ørestad
Ørestad is a developing city area in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the island of Amager. It is expected that 20,000 people will live in Ørestad, 20,000 will study, and 80,000 people will be employed in the area...

, right next to the Faculty of Humanities
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is the largest faculty in terms of number of students and range of subjects. It has 22 departments plus a number of multi-disciplinary centres that cover about 75 subjects....

 of the University of Copenhagen and the newly established headquarters of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation
Danmarks Radio
DR – officially rendered into English as the Danish Broadcasting Corporation – is Denmark's national broadcasting corporation. Founded in 1925 as a public-service organization, it is today Denmark's oldest and largest electronic media enterprise...

 (DR). The new building was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen
Henning Larsen
Henning Larsen is a Danish architect.He is internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadhand the Copenhagen Opera House...

.

The university originally only accepted students with a Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree
A bachelor's degree is usually an academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for three or four years, but can range anywhere from two to six years depending on the region of the world...

 to its offered MSc programmes, but started its first Bachelor of Science programme in Software Development in August 2007. As of 2010 the IT University offers 3 Bachelor programmes (one of which is internationally oriented and taught in English), 4 MSc study programmes (two of which are internationally oriented and are taught in English), 4 Professional Master's study programmes, a Diploma programme and approximately 100 single subjects each semester.

The IT University is a mono-faculty university with a cross-disciplinary approach to the studying of information technology
Information technology
Information technology is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications...

 and the field is approached from a variety of perspectives: natural sciences (traditional computer science
Computer science
Computer science or computing science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems...

), software engineering
Software engineering
Software Engineering is the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software, and the study of these approaches; that is, the application of engineering to software...

, computer-supported cooperative work, the design and use of IT, e-business, computer games
Computer Games
"Computer Games" is a single by New Zealand group, Mi-Sex released in 1979 in Australia and New Zealand and in 1981 throughout Europe. It was the single that launched the band, and was hugely popular, particularly in Australia and New Zealand...

 studies, and the social, cultural and aesthetic aspects of IT
Information technology
Information technology is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications...

.

There are approximately 40 members of the scientific staff, 50 Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as Ph.D., PhD, D.Phil., or DPhil , in English-speaking countries, is a postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities...

 students and more than 2,000 students. Also, many external lecturers are affiliated with the university.

Administration and Organisation


The IT University is governed by a board
Board
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 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. The Vice Chancellor 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. Hence the university has no faculty governance.

Study programmes


Bachelor programmes (BSc in IT / BSc i it):
  • Digital Media and Design (DA)

  • Global Business Informatics (EN)

  • Software Development (DA)


  • Master of Science study programmes (MSc in IT / Cand. it.)
  • Digital Design and Communication (DA)

  • IT & Business (E-Business) (DA)

  • Media Technology and Games (EN)

  • Software Development and Technology (EN)


  • Diploma in IT

    The diploma allows you to piece together your own unique education package from all the single courses at the university.

    Professional Master's study programmes (Master of IT)
  • IT Management and Strategy (DA)

  • Organisation and Implementation (DA)

  • Interaction Design and Multimedia (DA)

  • Software Construction (DA)


  • Single subjects

    The IT University has more than 100 courses to choose from.

    Research


    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 is the PhD program. Each year, The IT University enrolls PhD students from all over the world. These students work closely with the faculty on their research projects in order to develop their research skills and their international network.
    The IT University has a web page devoted to its research initiatives.

    Notable spin-off companies

    • Octoshape
      Octoshape
      Octoshape is a proprietary streaming media platform. It uses throughput optimization technology to deliver HD quality streams and to break through congestion in the last mile to provide more resilient delivery...

    • Configit
    • Serious Games Interactive

    External links

    • http://www.itu.dk/
    • http://www.octoshape.dk/
    • http://www.configit.com/
    • http://www.seriousgames.dk/node/511