IT University of Copenhagen

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IT University of Copenhagen
Danish: IT-Universitetet i København
MottoDedicated to the digital world
ChairmanCarsten Gomard
Vice-ChancellorPer Bruun Brockhoff (from Sep 2022)[1]
Academic staff
222 (2021)[2]
Administrative staff
776 (2021)
Students2,740 (2021)
Undergraduates1,099 (2021)
Postgraduates1,164 (2021)
70 (2021)
The interior design work at the IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen[3] (Danish: IT-Universitetet i København, abbreviated ITU) is a public university and research institution in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is specialized in the multidisciplinary study of information technology within computer science, business IT and digital design.

There are approximately 200 faculty members, 70 PhD students, and more than 2,500 students.[4] Among all admitted Bachelor and Master students at the IT University of Copenhagen in 2020, 38 per cent were female.[5]


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 [6] was passed, the IT University was officially appointed a university, and changed its name accordingly.[7][8]

In 2004, the university moved to its own new building in Ørestad,[9] a newly developed area in Copenhagen on the island of Amager. The new building was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen.[10][11] 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.[12]

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.[13] The Vice Chancellor[14] 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.[15]

The university has three departments:

  • Business IT
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Design

Degree programs[edit]

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.[16] 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.

The stated objective of the university's research is to strengthen Denmark's ability to create value with IT.[17] 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 that enrolls PhD students from all over the world.

The university's research practice is organized through a handful of research centres:[18]

  • Centre for Digital Play (former Center for Computer Games Research)
  • Center for Computing Education Research
  • Centre for Digital Welfare
  • Centre for Information Security and Trust
  • European Blockchain Center
  • Danish Institute for IT Program Management

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ritzau"
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2021", p. 36:
  3. ^ """IT-Universitetet i København". Archived from the original on 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2021", p. 36:
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2019", p. 44:
  6. ^ Extract from "Universitetsloven", "" (in Danish):
  7. ^ "IT-højskolen bliver universitet". Jyllands-Posten (in Danish). 2002-11-05. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  8. ^ "IT-Højskolen skifter navn" (in Danish), article from
  9. ^ About the Ørestad area://
  10. ^ "IT-Universitetet |". Den Store Danske (in Danish). Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  11. ^ "IT-Universitetet". Dansk Arkitektur Center - DAC (in Danish). Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  12. ^ "The IT University takes lodgings with the neighbors":
  13. ^ "The IT University has pointed out its Board"/"IT-Universitetet har udpeget sin bestyrelse" (in Danish): From
  14. ^ Mads Tofte continues as vice chancellor of the IT University:
  15. ^ "Bestyrelsen - IT-Universitetet i København". Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  16. ^ "IT-Universitet får penge til bachelor-uddannelse". Computerworld (in Danish). 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  17. ^ "Values, strategy and principles". ITU. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  18. ^ "Research Groups and Centers". ITU. Retrieved 2022-09-15.
  19. ^ "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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