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Roskilde University
Roskilde Universitet
MottoIn tranquillo mors - in fluctu vita (Latin)
Motto in English
In silence, death; in the surge, life
BudgetDKK 774,956,000 ($ 117,100,005) (2014) [1]
RectorHanne Leth Andersen
Academic staff
538 (2014) [1]
Administrative staff
402 (2014) [1]
Students8,045 (2014)[1][2]
Undergraduates4,751 (2014) [1]
Postgraduates3,294 (2014) [1]
299 (2014) [1]

55°39′10″N 12°08′25″E / 55.65278°N 12.14028°E / 55.65278; 12.14028Coordinates: 55°39′10″N 12°08′25″E / 55.65278°N 12.14028°E / 55.65278; 12.14028
CampusTrekroner, Roskilde
AffiliationsEUA, UArctic

Roskilde University (Danish: Roskilde Universitet, abbreviated RUC or RU) is a Danish public university founded in 1972 and located in Trekroner in the Eastern part of Roskilde. The university awards bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and Ph.D. degrees in a wide variety of subjects within social sciences, the humanities, and natural sciences.


Outside Roskilde University

The university was founded in 1972 and was initially intended as an alternative to the traditional Danish universities which had been the scene of several student uprisings in the late 1960s. The students considered the traditional universities undemocratic and controlled by the professors and wanted more influence as well as more flexible teaching methods.

In the 1970s the university was known for its very liberal education as opposed to the usual lectures provided by the more traditional universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The focus was shifted from traditional lectures to group orientated methods and projects rather than traditional exams.

Back in 1972, these educational ideas were both unorthodox and controversial, but the traditional universities in Denmark have now adopted much of the original RU concept themselves, not least the concept of group project work, which is today a recognised academic method. RU can also be said to have brought to Denmark the Anglo-Saxon concepts of interdisciplinarity and less well-defined boundaries between academic fields.[3]

Organization and administration[edit]

The former main building at Roskilde University

The university is governed by a board consisting of 9 members: 5 members recruited outside the university form the majority of the board, 1 member is 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.[4]

Degree programs[edit]

Roskilde University offers higher education at bachelor-, master, and Ph.D. levels within four main areas: humanities, humanistic technologies, social science and science. The traditional educational setup at RU was based on two years of general studies in one of the main scientific areas and four years of specialization. Today, the university follows the general educational structure in Denmark based on three years of bachelor studies qualifying for a two-year master study.[5][6]

Roskilde University has 4 departments (institutes) specializing in very different areas from Mathematics to International Development:

  • Department of Communication and Arts (DCA)
  • Department of Science and Environment (DSE)
  • Department of People and Technology (DPT)
  • Department of Social Sciences and Business

The university offers three international bachelor programmes:

  • International Bachelor Study Programme in the Humanities
  • International Bachelor Study Programme in the Natural Sciences
  • International Bachelor Study Programme in Social Science [7]


Notable alumni[edit]

Some notable alumni and professors from RUC include:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Statistikbanken". www.statistikbanken.dk. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26.
  3. ^ "The History of Roskilde University". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  4. ^ "Roskilde Universitet - Bestyrelse". Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  5. ^ "The Danish Educational System". Archived from the original on 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  6. ^ "University Education in Denmark: A guide for foreign students and institutions of higher education". Archived from the original on 2015-01-18.
  7. ^ "Full Degree Undergraduate Programmes at RUC". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - Politics & International Studies". 17 March 2016. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  10. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2016 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2016". www.shanghairanking.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  11. ^ EMES. Roskilde University https://emes.net/who-we-are/individual-members/individual-researcher/LarsHulgard/. Retrieved 12 April 2018. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ FashionModelDirectory.com, The FMD -. "Pernille Andersen - Fashion Model - Models - Photos, Editorials & Latest News - The FMD". The FMD - FashionModelDirectory.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  13. ^ "Denmark". Directory of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Nottingham. Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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