History, Affiliations and Rankings
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) was founded in 1829 as the College of Advanced Study by H.C. Ørsted, the pioneer scientist who discovered electromagnetism. Today, it is one of the leading international universities for Technology and Natural Sciences, known for its business-oriented approach. The University consists of a number of departments and research centres that work to ensure that the students receive the best quality of education and develop technologies for a globalized world. DTU is affiliated with the European Universities Association (EUA), CESAER and EuroTech Universities Alliance. For the University’s entrepreneurial focus and research innovation, QS World University Rankings 2022 have placed it at the 99th position, while according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, the University ranks at #185, making it one of the most sought after study abroad destinations, specifically for Engineering programs.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The Technical University of Denmark is situated across four campus locations - the Lyngby campus, the Ballerup campus and the Rise campus in Copenhagen, and the Sisimiut campus in Greenland. The Lyngby campus is situated amidst wooded areas on a green plain called the Lundtofte Sletten, comprising 100 academic buildings, while the Rise campus is situated in the historic town of Roskilde on a stunning 262-hectares ground. With landscaped areas comprising sports fields, inner courtyards, gardens and wooded areas, the DTU campuses are state-of-the-art infrastructures that strike the right balance of nature and technology. The University has more than 20 Departments that allow students to specialize in a number of different disciplines, particularly specializations in Engineering at the Undergraduate level, in addition to 25 Master's programs and Ph.D. level programs. DTU also offers Joint International Degree programs that allow students to complete a part of their degree in one of its partner universities in Scandinavia, Europe, or Asia. One of the oldest student organizations in the world - Polyteknisk Forening, as well as the maritime student association Nul-kryds - were formed at DTU in 1947.
Accomplishments and Alumni
A leading research University in Denmark, the Technical University of Denmark has collaborated on 1,700+ research projects with the industry, has commercialized 62 inventions and launched 55 start-ups. 18% of the publications published by DTU researchers fall in the top 10% in Europe. An ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship, the University is accredited by the Danish Accreditation Institution. The alumni network of the Technical University of Denmark is a strong global network and provides help to students as and when they need it. Some famous alumni attributed to DTU are - Henrik Pontoppidan, a Nobel Laureate in Literature, Henrik Dam, a Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, Harald Bohr, a Football player, Olympic Silver Medalist and Mathematician brother of Niels Bohr, and Johan Jensen, a renowned Mathematician. With its high research output, the University is placed at #2 in World University Research Rankings.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University provides a vibrant student community of 11,200+ students, who are engaged in the University’s various clubs, activities and social events such as Friday Bars. There are about 2,000 international students from 107+ countries and women students constitute 37% of the total student population. With ample opportunities for growth for students and faculty from different ethnic communities and sexual orientations, the diverse campus enables students to mix with people who let them learn in a comfortable environment where they can be themselves. People with special needs are also given the opportunity to move around the campus independently with ramps and special infrastructure wherever needed. DTU has affiliations within the business community, with partner companies such as Bioneer Ltd., DFM Ltd., Pre-Seed Innovation and DTU Science Park that visit and recruit extensively from the University.