University description (as per official university website)
In 1829, when Hans Christian Ørsted founded what became the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), he created an eloquent response to an important need in society: to make use of scientific progress in the service of society by applying technology.
DTU has applied this fundamental idea for the past 177 years. Based on intensive efforts in research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge, DTU has contributed to Denmark achieving a leading position within such diverse fields as design, wind energy, biotechnology, electronics and telecommunication. DTU thereby deserves a substantial share of the credit for Denmark being able, despite its modest size, to create and maintain a welfare society that is the envy of many nations.
At DTU, we have always taken our role as a leading force within the technical and natural sciences seriously. We provide education, research and innovation at a high international level. Further, DTU has strived since 1829 to build sustainable bridges between academia and industry. In 2005, DTU manifested this by such accomplishments as concluding 350 partnership agreements with companies.
DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. The number of publications in frequently cited scientific journals has increased in recent years, and 44% of the publications registered by the Science Citation Index of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) in 2005 were prepared in collaboration with one or more researchers based outside Denmark. The internationalization of DTU also continued with more than one fifth of DTU's scientific staff being recruited from outside Denmark and with an increasing number of international students.
The special Scandinavian way pervades life at DTU. Students and teachers work more informally than at most other Universities. Education is largely based on the students' active participation and taking independent responsibility. Students learn to work individually and in groups. They also learn to ask questions, be innovative and to find and explore interrelationships. Thus, they are trained to create new value.
DTU is a financially autonomous university with a Board of Governors as its highest authority.
The President, who is appointed by the Board of Governors, is responsible for the daily management of the University.
DTU is organized as a corporate entity with an Executive Board comprising the President (Rector), Provost (Vice-Rector), University Director (CFO) and a number of deans.
DTU is managed in a line and staff organization with an unbroken chain of command and in which managers have personal management responsibility for each organizational unit.
The University’s main activities are located in line units: departments, centers and institutes; a national laboratory for sustainable energy; and subsidiaries. Support activities are organized in staff units.
How we work
The Board of Governors and Executive Board
DTU’s Board of Governors is the highest authority for the University’s activities. The Board of Governors approves the University’s strategy as well as budget and action plans, enters into Development Contracts with the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, appoints the President and makes decisions on new building projects, etc. The Board of Governors meets at least four times a year. The Board of Governors comprises as of 1st January 2009 of six external members as well as two students and two staff representatives. The President takes care of secretariat services for the Board of Governors.
The President also takes care of the daily management of the University with responsibility for the Board. The President is in charge of the Executive Board, which in addition to the President also comprises the Provost, University Director, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs, the Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs, and the Director for Public Sector Consultancy.
The Academic Council is DTU’s supreme academic body and awards PhDs and Doctorates. The Council reports to the President on, among others, the distribution of funding and can also advise the President on central strategic educational, research and innovation plans. The President is Chairman of the Academic Council, which also comprises student and scientific staff representatives from DTU.
The University’s main services, i.e. education, research, public sector consultancy and innovation, are managed by the departments within their individual areas. The departments plan and organise the research and teaching within each of their academic areas and collaborate on the individual disciplines and lines. The departments are run by a Head of Department, who reports to the Rector. The Head of Department is assisted by an Advisory Board, which comprises external representatives for the department’s core interests.
Board of Representatives
The Board of Representatives considers at the highest level, the University’s education, research and innovation and also appoints the external members of DTU’s Board of Governors upon request. The Board of Representatives comprises two members from each Advisory Board.
DTU has a number of affiliated companies (public limited companies) with independent boards. These subsidiaries underpin the University’s core services through their activities and on market terms.
Facts and Figures
It is the vision of DTU that DTU is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of technology and the natural sciences and is known for its business-oriented approach, its focus on sustainability and its appealing study environment.
Following the menus to the left you will find key figures in research, education, innovation, human resources and finance.