The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and its four campuses are located in the centre of the capital of Denmark.
The purpose of the University – to quote the University Statute – is to ’conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level’. Approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums, etc., form the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place. These activities take place in various environments ranging from the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, through high-technology laboratories and auditoriums, to the historic buildings and lecture rooms of Frue Plads and other locations.
The University of Copenhagen is divided into eight faculties;
- The Faculty of Health Sciences
- The Faculty of Humanities
- The Faculty of Law
- The Faculty of Life Sciences
- The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- The Faculty of Science
- The Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Theology
In the most recent international ranking (ARWU 2009), the University of Copenhagen was ranked 43 worldwide, 8 in Europe and no. 1 in Scandinavia. With over 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark.