Denmark is well known for its great achievements in the information technology (IT) sector. Much of the Danes’ accomplishments can be attributed to their education. Denmark gives priority to educating its citizens and for this, it provides free education starting at the primary level and even at the higher educational levels. The country is known for its quality education which continues to attract students from other countries. In fact, Denmark’s top universities can closely compete with some of the world’s best.
University of Copenhagen – Established in 1479, this is the oldest and biggest institution for both education and research situated in the capital of Denmark. Of the 37,000 students in this university, majority are females. Some 2,800 foreign students comprise the student population of the university. Based on the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Copenhagen is considered the leading university in the Scandinavian region and one of the 50 best universities worldwide.
Arhus University – Situated in the city of Arhus, this is the second oldest and biggest university of Denmark. Known as an elite university, this school founded in 1928 is among the Top 100 of the world’s best universities and top two in the Nordic region as of 2008. It also has an estimated student population of 38,000 including 900 international exchange students that come to the school each year.
Technical University of Denmark – Also known as DTU, this university was founded in 1829 and is located in the northern part of Copenhagen. It is considered to be the Scandinavian region’s best engineering university and among Europe’s leading engineering schools. The 2010 World University Rankings placed DTU in the 8th place in the entire Nordic region and 141 worldwide. This university also boasts of several research centers.
Aalborg University – This school opened in 1974 becoming the 5th university in Denmark. Its emphasis are on interdisciplinary and inter-faculty studies. Its faculties are divided into the Humanities, Social Science as well as the Engineering, Science and Medicine. The university’s student population is estimated at more than 14,000 with 10 percent composed of international students.
Copenhagen Business School – Also called CBS, this is one of the three major business schools in the northern part of Europe. Located in Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, CBS was founded in 1917 and has 16,000 students and researchers. Each year, it also accommodates more than 1,500 international exchange students. The school is awaiting its AACSB accreditation this year. For two straight years in 2008-2009, it ranked 22nd in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking.