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Type  Public university
Chairman  Lene Espersen
Administrative staff  1,483 (2013)
Phone  +45 99 40 99 40
Founded  1974
Established  1974
Academic staff  2,062 (2013)
Total enrollment  21,427 (2013)
Motto  Viis Novis
Rector  Per Michael Johansen
Aalborg University
Budget  DKK 2.560 billion (2013)
Address  Fredrik Bajers Vej 5, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark
Undergraduate tuition and fees  International tuition: 13,300 EUR (2006)
Notable alumni  Mette Frederiksen, Frank Jensen, Karsten Lauritzen, Henrik I Christensen, Birkir Hólm Guðnason
Similar  Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark, Roskilde University, Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen

First days at aalborg university

Aalborg University is a Danish university located mainly in Aalborg, Denmark with campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen. Aalborg University (AAU) was established in 1974 under Aalborg University Center (AUC), but changed its name to Aalborg University in 1994. Today, Aalborg University is the fifth largest university in Denmark based on the number of enrolled students. In Aalborg, the university is mainly located on the main campus in the eastern part of the city, but the university also has departments located in downtown Aalborg. Currently, Aalborg University has approximately 21,606 students and 3,479 employees. In 2011, Aalborg University experienced the largest increase in applicants in Denmark, as the number of new students increased by 31 per cent.


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Aalborg University (AAU) was founded in 1974 under the name of Aalborg University Center (AUC) as a result of a series of mergers between a number of institutions, which made it possible to create a single university with several faculties. At its establishment in 1974, AUC had a Faculty of Humanities, a Faculty of Social Science and a Faculty of Technical-Natural Science . In 1994, AUC changed name to Aalborg University (AAU). Although AAU is a young university in Denmark with its 40 years of history, the university has some even greater roots such as the Master of Science programme in Surveying and Mapping Programme, which is the oldest education at Aalborg University, originally created in 1768. The Surveying and Mapping programme still exists at Aalborg University and is offered both in Aalborg and at the university's department in Copenhagen. Aalborg University's roots can be traced back to e.g. a number of older institutions, which now are part of the university such as The Business School Department in Aalborg founded in 1920, National Building Research Institute established in 1947, Esbjerg Engineering College established in 1955, The School of Social Work in Aalborg founded in 1966, The National Engineering Academy established in 1967 and Copenhagen Business School Aalborg Department established in 1969. Since its establishment in 1974, AAU has been characterised by a problem-based and project-oriented teaching method. In 1995, AAU opened a department in Esbjerg by merging with Esbjerg Engineering College; in 1996, the School of Architecture & Design was created; in 2003, Aalborg University opened a department in Copenhagen; and in 2010, the School of Medicine was created.


Aalborg University differentiates itself from the older and more traditional Danish universities with its focus on interdisciplinary, inter-faculty studies; an experimental curriculum based on an interdisciplinary basic course with subsequent specialisation; a pedagogical structure based on problem-centred, real-life projects of educational and research relevance – which internationally has become known and recognised as The Aalborg Model. With the problem-based, project-organised model, semesters at AAU are centred around complex real-life problems which students attempt to find answers to in a scientific manner while working together in groups. In February 2007, the foundation of the UICEE Centre for Problem Based Learning (UCPBL) paid recognition to Aalborg University, which subsequently led to the appointment of AAU as UNESCO Chair in problem-based learning.

Administration and organisation

The university is governed by a board consisting of 11 members: 6 members recruited outside the university form the majority of the board, 2 members are appointed by the scientific staff, 1 member is appointed by the administrative staff, and 2 members are appointed by the university students. The rector is appointed by the university board. The rector in turn appoints deans and deans appoint heads of departments. There is no faculty senate and faculty is not involved in the appointment of rector, deans, or department heads. Hence the university has no faculty governance.

Faculties and departments

Aalborg University has five faculties with a number of departments, schools, centres and study boards. Since 1 January 2007, AAU has been divided into the following faculties;

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Department of Communication and Psychology
  • Department of Culture and Global Studies
  • Department of Learning and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Department of Business and Management
  • Department of Culture and Global Studies
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Learning and Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology and Social Work
  • Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • Danish Building Research Institute
  • Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
  • Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Business and Management
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Development and Planning
  • Department of Electronic Systems
  • Department of Energy Technology
  • Department of Learning and Philosophy
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Department of Physics and Nanotechnology
  • The Faculty of Medicine
  • Department of Learning and Philosophy
  • Department of Health Science and Technology
  • Department of Clinical Research
  • Library

    Aalborg University Library is a public research library for the North Jutland region. The library's primary mission is to support research and education at Aalborg University by providing appropriate information and documentation. The University Library is geographically located at Langagervej 2 in Aalborg, which is linked to smaller branches located on other campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen.


  • Aalborg University's largest campus is situated in the Eastern part of the city of Aalborg. Located on campus is the fitness centre UniFitness as well as some restaurants. Other divisions of AAU's campus in Aalborg can be found various places in the city centre.
  • Aalborg University Esbjerg is the name of the Esbjerg department of Aalborg University. Aalborg University Esbjerg offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses mainly in engineering sciences. Aalborg University Esbjerg is located at Niels Bohr's Road 8 (Danish: Niels Bohrs Vej 8).
  • Aalborg University Copenhagen is the name of Aalborg University's department in Copenhagen. Aalborg University Copenhagen offers 8 undergraduate and 21 postgraduate programmes and courses. Aalborg University Copenhagen is currently located at A. C. Meyers Vænge 15 in southwest Copenhagen.
  • Special action areas and cross-disciplinary research

    AAU conducts research within all faculties. Aalborg University is among the leading universities in the world within health technology research, wireless communication, energy, computer science, innovation economics and comparative welfare studies. AAU has established centres for telecommunication at Birla Institute of Technology in India, at Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia, and at the University of Rome. Furthermore, AAU has established a research centre for health technology at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China.

    AAU has conducted several experiments in the field of CubeSat technology. The first AAU CubeSat was launched on 30 June 2003, the second (called AAUSAT-II) on 28 April 2008 and the third will be launched in Q1, 2013. After launching AAUSAT3 the fourth will begin development.

    AAU has always adopted a cross-disciplinary, problem-based approach to research which often requires contributions from a number of scientific disciplines. Aalborg University has five cross-disciplinary action areas:

  • Sustainable energy, the environment and construction.
  • Global production, innovation, knowledge development and coherence.
  • Information technology.
  • Nanotechnology and nanoproduction.
  • Experience technology and design.
  • International relations

    Although Aalborg University has had strong regional ties since its establishment in 1974, internationalisation is a cornerstone in AAU's strategy and development. Thereby, AAU is a local university with an international outlook. AAU focuses on international collaboration within research and has, among other things, established a department for wireless communication and satellite navigation at University of Rome Tor Vergata, and the University of Calcutta in India and two centres for telecommunications, one at Birla Institute of Technology in India and one at Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.

    25% of the University's researchers are non-Danish and 10 per cent of the student body of Aalborg University is made up of international students.

    Cooperative agreements with other universities and colleges

  • Aalborg University is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), which was founded in 1997 by 10 European universities. The aim of the ECIU is to create a European network where participating universities can exchange experiences and practices in projects in education, research and regional development. In 2010, the ECIU consisted of eleven members and three foreign affiliates.
  • Aalborg University is a member of the European Network for Training and Research in Electrical Engineering, an exchange programme for Electrical Engineering students from 18 universities in Europe. It is also known as Entree.
  • Notable alumni as well as persons current and previous associated with Aalborg University

  • Anders Post Jacobsen, Danish professional football player.
  • Anne Phillips, British professor.
  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, American professor
  • Arnulf Kolstad, Norwegian social psychologist.
  • Bengt-Åke Lundvall Danish organizational theorist
  • Bent Flyvbjerg, Danish social scientist
  • Birkir Hólm Guðnason, Icelandic business leader and CEO of Icelandair.
  • Brian Vad Mathiesen, Danish engineer and professor
  • Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen, Danish music theorist, teacher and composer.
  • Carsten Greve, Danish professor
  • Cathrine Hasse, Danish professor with special responsibilities.
  • Christian Geo Heltboe, Danish comedian
  • Christian Graugaard, Danish physician, professor, researcher, commentator, critic, poet and writer.
  • Christopher Freeman, British economist.
  • David Spiegelhalter, British statistician.
  • Emil Wolf, Czech born American physicist.
  • Erik Bach, Danish composer and music teacher.
  • Finn Kjærsdam, Danish former rector at Aalborg University and professor
  • Frank Jensen, Danish politician, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, a member of Social Democrats (Denmark) and former minister.
  • Frank Aaen, Danish economist, member of Danish Parliament and member of the Red–Green Alliance.
  • Fredric J. Harris, American professor
  • Hege Skjeie, Norwegian political scientist and feminist.
  • Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, Danish engineer and computer scientist.
  • Henrik I. Christensen, Danish roboticist and Distinguished Professor
  • Henrik Lund, Danish engineer and professor
  • Henrik Scharfe, Danish professor
  • Herbert Pundik, Danish Jewish journalist and author.
  • Jakob Stoustrup, Danish professor.
  • Jan Fagerberg, Norwegian professor
  • Jens Blauert, German scientist and emeritus professor
  • Jesper deClaville Christiansen, Danish professor
  • Klaus Dittrich, German computer scientist.
  • Lars Graugaard, Danish flutist, composer, music teacher and researcher.
  • Lene Siel, Danish singer.
  • Louis Becker, Danish architect and lecturer.
  • Mads Mensah Larsen, Danish handballplayer.
  • Karsten Lauritzen, Danish politician and minister of taxation under Lars Løkke Rasmussen II Cabinet.
  • Mette Frederiksen, Danish politician, member of parliament and member of the Social Democrats.
  • Mike Sandbothe, German intellectual and philosopher.
  • Morten Middelfart, Danish entrepreneur, inventor and technologist.
  • Per Michael Johansen, Danish rector.
  • Peter Hervik, Danish anthropologist and professor.
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, American professor.
  • Steffen Lauritzen, Danish professor.
  • Søren Hald Møller, Danish official.
  • Thomas Blom Hansen, Danish anthropologist.
  • Toke Reichstein, Danish economist and professor.
  • Torben Larsen, Danish scientist.
  • Vashanth Sellathurai, Tamil actor and music composer.
  • Vincent Poor, American dean and professor.
  • Vladimir Bouchler, Uzbek theatre director and pedagogue.
  • Zenon J Pudlowski, Polish engineer and educator.
  • References

    Aalborg University Wikipedia

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