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Title: The University of Southern Denmark - an introduction

The University of Southern Denmark- an
Outline of the Presentation
  • General introduction
  • Facts and figures
  • Mission and Vision
  • Research
  • Programmes of study and students
  • Internationalisation
  • Collaboration with the business world

Objectives of the university
  • Conduct research
  • Offer research-based education
  • Exchange knowledge and competencies with society
  • Contribute to promoting growth, welfare and
    development in society.

History of the university
  • 1998. The University of Southern Denmark is
    formed in a merger between
  • Odense University (established in 1966)
  • Odense University Library
  • Southern Denmark School of Business and
  • University Centre of Southern Jutland
  • 2004. Merger between the University of Southern
    Denmark and
  • Department of Border Region Studies, Aabenraa
  • 2006. Merger between the University of Southern
    Denmark and
  • Danish Centre of Rural Research and Development,
    Esbjerg (CFUL)
  • Odense University College of Engineering, Odense
  • 2007. Merger between the University of Southern
    Denmark and
  • National Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen
  • Business School Centre, Slagelse (HHC)
  • Research Unit of Maritime Medicine, Esbjerg (FMM)

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Faculties and campuses
Faculty of Odense Kolding Esbjerg Sønderborg / Flensburg Slagelse Copenhagen
Health Sciences ? ? ?
Science ?
Engineering ? ?
Social Sciences ? ? ? ? ?
Humanities ? ? ? ? ?
  • Independent state institution.
  • A comprehensive university.
  • First Danish university with decentralised campus
  • Board of Representatives with 40 members.
  • The Board of Directors consists of 9 members
  • 5 external members
  • 2 students
  • 1 faculty member
  • 1 staff
  • Everyday top management (appointed by the Board
    of Directors)
  • Vice-Chancellor
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor
  • University Director

Facts and figures 2008
Income statement mill. mill.
Income 276
Education 102
Research, basic funding, state subsidies 81
Research, external funding 65
Other income 28
Expenditure 277
Rent and other operating expenses 41
Staff costs 172
Other costs 64

Net profit -1
Facts and figures 2008
Assets mill. Debts mill.
Fixed assets 70 Net capital 58
Current assets 114 Liabilities 126
Assets in total 184 Debts in total 184
Staff Annual full time equivalent
Academic staff 1,617
Administrative staff 1,265
Total 2,882
Overall expenditure, including construction costs
(mill. )
Research, external funding (mill. )
External grants from funds, research councils,
private corporations etc.
Mission Statement
  • To deliver research, teaching and the
    dissemination of knowledge
  • to the very highest standard
  • as a shared endeavour
  • on the basis of a strong academic environment
    that is highly reputed for its interdisciplinary
    and innovative qualities.

Vision Statement
  • The ultimate goal of the University of Southern
    Denmark is to be the university of choice for
    students, staff and collaborating partners, at
    both national and international levels.
  • We aim to achieve this by ensuring the highest
    possible standards.

Vision Statement, students
  • Our students develop academic competencies and
    personal skills in an inspiring and innovative
    learning environment.
  • Teaching is of the highest quality in terms of
    both academic level and pedagogical methods.
  • Our degree programmes are revised and upgraded on
    an ongoing basis to reflect national and global

Vision Statement, collaborating partners
  • Our collaborating partners know that graduates
    from the University of Southern Denmark are
    exceptionally well-qualified to further and
    understand social development and change.
  • We are a university which researchers from within
    Denmark and abroad wish to cooperate with.
  • Both the private and the public sectors engage in
    a vigorous and innovative exchange of information
    and insights with the University, and make a
    substantial contribution to our research and
    dissemination activities.

Vision Statement, staff
  • Our staff are highly qualified in their
    respective fields of expertise.
  • Together they create what is recognised as an
    energetic and innovative working environment.
  • In a community characterised by a strong sense of
    reciprocal trust, all University staff are
    committed to pursuing excellence in research,
    teaching and dissemination practices.
  • The high quality of our research makes the
    University of Southern Denmark a well-regarded
    partner in collaborative initiatives.

SDUs Values
  • Innovative
  • Responding creatively to both routine duties and
    new challenges
  • Trustworthy
  • Applying reliable skills and competences
    engaging openly in discussion
  • Inclusive
  • Sharing objectives while recognising diversity

The defining characteristics of SDU
  1. An internationally oriented, regionally rooted
    university with research and teaching
    capabilities at the highest level  in several
  2. Focus on international aspects of education and
  3. A broad selection of degree programmes - both
    classic university subjects and new areas of
    education, often at the interface between the
    traditional academic fields.
  4. Quality assurance of all degree programmes
  5. An efficient interplay between the university and
    the other parts of the educational system
  6. A well-developed tradition of collaborating with
    the surrounding society, including the
    researchers disseminating their knowledge to the
    surrounding society.
  7. Close collaboration with partners in Northern
    Germany through the project "Videnregion
    Syddanmark Schleswig-Holstein

Performance contract 2008-2010
  • University of Southern Denmark and Ministry of
    Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Development of the university's special research
  • Media Communication
  • Health Life Sciences
  • Technology Management
  • Welfare

Plans for new buildings, Odense, Campusvej
Idrættens hus 3.500 m2
SAMF 4.280 m2
Administration (postponed) 1.580 m2
NAT/BMB 2.060 m2
Edu rooms 2.000 m2
Edu rooms (not a tower) 4.500 m2
NAT (awaiting) 3.330 m2
TEK 20.000 m2
New SUND 40.000 m2
New OUH 212.000 m2
More m2 than originally planned
Construction plans, Odense at Campusvej
  • Agreed
  • Move TEK from NBA 1
  • Expand SDU, Campusvej
  • Plans
  • Move OUH
  • Move SUND from WP
  • Infra-structure

Construction work, Kolding
  • First stage
  • Begins spring 2010
  • Expected date of completion 2012
  • Area 13,600m²
  • 280 mill. DKK. excl. VAT
  • Total construction plan 33.000m²
  • 20,000m² university complex
  • 13,000m² Research Park
  • Parking area
  • Students at SDU Kolding
  • 1,500 full-time
  • 900 part-time

The university degrees
  • Bachelor 3 years
  • Master 5 years
  • PhD 8 years

Good study environment
  • Intimate teaching environment
  • Well maintained teaching facilities, incl. labs
  • Recurring teaching environment surveys
  • Wide use of ICT
  • E-learning
  • Career and guidance centre
  • Housing assistance
  • Student involvement
  • Alumni network

Programmes 2009/10
  • At SDU students are enrolled at 284 different
    study programmes including minor subjects
  • SDU offer 191 programmes (42 in English)
  • 86 bachelor programmes (15 in English)
  • 74 master programmes (27 in English)
  • 22 professional master programmes
  • 9 diploma programmes (continuing education at the
    level of BA or MA)
  • and
  • Part time studies
  • Folkeuniversitetet (The Danish University

Studerende per 01.10.2009
From Number Percent
Denmark 16.551 84
Other Nordic countries 750 4
Other European countries (EU/EØS) 1.630 8
Outside EU/EØS 725 4
I alt 19.656 100
Students, total
2007 incl. IOT2008 incl. Slagelse
Students, admission (KOT)
2007 incl. IOT2008 incl. Slagelse
Students, admission (KOT)(by faculty)
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SDU and ranking
Ranking 2008 2009 Covers
Leiden, Crown indicator 18 - Europe
Shanghai ARWU 305 303-401 The World
Times Higher THEQS 295 300 The World
Taiwan Ranking World Universities 226 256 The World
Collaboration with the business world
  • Attracting employees through contact with
  • Internship and project collaboration
  • Student jobs
  • Newly graduated
  • Industrial PhDs
  • Developing the competencies of the corporation's
  • Further education (e.g., continuing education at
    the level of master or bachelor (diploma
    programmes), courses, and conferences)
  • The University Library at the University of
    Southern Denmark
  • Rent of conference facilities
  • Partnership for the development of products and
    business areas
  • Contact with researchers
  • Commercialisation and licence agreements
  • Science Ventures Denmark, Ltd.

Internships, projects, and student jobs
Internship Projects Student job
Duration 2-5 months. (usually starts Feb. and Sep.) 2-6 months. Staff
Hours per week 15-37 hours per week. If applicable, time for classes Collaboration based on meetings (3 to ? meetings) Approx. 8-15 hours per week
Work place The company Usually from home The company
Types of task 1 primary task misc. ad hoc Current issues or shelved projects Specific tasks
Professional focus Broad professional focus Narrow professional focus Broad professional focus
Costs for the company Free (possibly some costs to cover) Free (possibly some costs to cover) Approx. 105 -130 DKK per hour
Science Ventures Denmark Ltd
  • Buys or licenses technologies from research
  • Innovation and development in collaboration with
    companies and investors
  • 100 owned by the University of Southern Denmark
  • Shareholder in Energi Invest Fyn Ltd and
    Syddansk Innovation Ltd
  • Collaboration partners
  • Companies with a need for research-based
    innovation and development
  • Industrial investors, other investors e.g.,
    innovation environments or business angles and
    research institutions
  • Entrepreneurs seeking collaboration with the
    university and financing which leads towards the
    formation of new companies

Thanks for your attention
  • More information atWWW.SDU.DK
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