University description (as per official university website)
University of Southern Denmark has more than 20,000 students and more than 4,000 employees. The university offers teaching and research at 6 campuses situated on Funen, in the south of Jutland, west of Zealand and in the capital city – in Odense, Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg, Slagelse and Copenhagen.
University of Southern Denmark has created an institution of higher research and education which provides first-class educational opportunities and is cooperation partner for both public and private businesses and organisations for providing qualified labour.
Research, teaching, communication and the transfer of knowledge at the University of Southern Denmark are grouped into five academic faculties:
The Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Engineering
The faculties are supported by:
The University Library of Southern Denmark, which provides relevant information for researchers, teachers and students at SDU. In addition to library services for SDU staff and students, the library also provides services for other interested external users, the business community and other libraries. Read more about the library's services.
Joint services, which consists of all the administrative and service units that support the academic environments.
The Board of Governors is the supreme authority at the university and is responsible to the Minister for the activities and overall resources of the university. The Board looks after the university’s interests as an educational and research institution and establishes guidelines for its organisation, long-term future and development. The Board enters into development contracts with the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, and it has formulated the mission and vision of the University of Southern Denmark. The Board appoints the Rector, and, on the recommendation of the Rector, also appoints the Pro-Rector and a University Director. The Board holds around four meetings per year.
The Board of Representatives acts as the university’s liaison with partners, the business community, the public sector and cultural institutions – regionally, nationally and internationally. The Board of Representatives consists of 42 members, who, under the terms of the statutes, will observe the activities of the university and be kept informed about matters affecting the university. The Board of Representatives discusses the university’s research, courses and other activities on an overall level and can submit remarks on these areas to the Board of Governors. The chairman and vice-chairman of the Board of Representatives are members of the joint committee, which appoints the outside members of the Board of Governors. The Board of Representatives holds around three meetings per year.
Day-to-day management of the university is handled by the Rector within the framework established by the Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors, the Board of Representatives and the day-to-day management are supported by the Management Secretariat.
The University of Southern Denmark was established in 1998 through a merger involving Odense University, the Southern Denmark School of Business and Engineering and South Jutland University Centre.
On 1 January 2006, Odense University College of Engineering was incorporated into the University of Southern Denmark, establishing the Faculty of Engineering.
On 1 January 2007, the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the Business School Centre in Slagelse were also incorporated into the University of Southern Denmark. NIPH retains its status as a national public health institute and will remain in Copenhagen. The Business School Centre will be a department within the Faculty of Social Sciences and forms SDU’s campus in Slagelse.
In 2006, the university celebrated its 40th anniversary, as the former Odense University was founded in 1966. You can find out more about the origin of the university in a special issue of Ny Viden (only available in Danish) published in connection with the anniversary.
The University of Southern Denmark consists of five faculties.
Faculty of Engineering
Engineering – education, research and future. Our engineers and researchers are responsible for the technology of the future. The research of the Faculty of Engineering is rooted in interactions between basic research and applied research in a network which consists in part of other research units at the University of Southern Denmark and in part of outside research institutions, and which has a strong tradition of cooperation with the industry – nationally as well as internationally.
Faculty of Health Sciences
One of only three in Denmark, the Faculty of Health Sciences enjoys close cooperation with Odense University Hospital, industry and experts across the world. The Faculty’s expertise in public health offers students and researchers a first-class learning environment and the opportunity to play a key role in the treatment and prevention of disease.University of Southern Denmark has a strong image when it comes to health science research, education and communication. We take part in securing quality and development in the entire region of Southern Denmark. Consequently our research must reflect the future challenges of the hospital and health system. Our students are provided with qualifications and competencies in a way that makes it possible for them to meet these new challenges.
Faculty of Humanities
As the University’s largest Faculty, Humanities offer students and researchers an expansive and dynamic learning environment where new academic areas complement traditional studies. The Faculty’s strong interdisciplinary approach and progressive research have achieved recognition at national and international level. Humanities cover a wide range of programmes and research fields which all have basis in human beings and their relationship with the outside world in common. Focus and concern is on human thoughts, creative arts and communication from different perspectives and in many historical and geographic settings.
Faculty of Science
Learning is hands-on at the Faculty of Science, where modern laboratories and an emphasis on fieldwork give you the opportunity to put theory into practice. The Faculty’s wide-ranging expertise, which includes research areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, offers you the chance to explore your area of interest alongside leading international specialists.
Science is alive – it moves and speeds up the world. Science is alive because it is developed by engaged researchers in vivid settings and surroundings. The researchers of Science conduct research in first life on earth, synthetic biology, medicinal products of the future and of course proteomics, where University of Southern Denmark is in the top-class of the world.
Faculty of Social Sciences
An extensive network of public and private institutions benefits directly from research at the Faculty of Social Sciences. With wide-ranging expertise and significant internationalisation, the Faculty offers students and researchers the education required to deliver mature and contemporary analysis of society. The theory of society is a relatively new science in perpetual symbiosis with the surrounding society. Social science is influenced by society and the other way around it can influence society. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers high standard research and education.