A young university with high aspirations
Aarhus University was established in 1928. Today Aarhus University is Denmark`s second largest university with approximately 39,000 students and 6,000 faculty staff (2013). Aarhus University belongs to the international elite. In most prestigious ranking lists of the world´s best universities, Aarhus University is placed in the top 100.
The main academic areas at the university are: Arts, Science and Technology, Health Sciences and the School of Business and Social Sciences.
Aarhus University combines several institutional forms, including traditional university faculties and “university schools”, with their focus on professional and vocational education, for the mutual benefit of the two traditions. Increasingly, the university also emphasises public sector consultancy services and collaboration with the business world which touch all sectors of society.
The main campus is located in Aarhus and, over the years, close and productive collaboration has been developed between the city and its educational institutions. A collaboration that is supported by the entire region.
The Municipality of Aarhus ranks as one of Europe`s best cities in which to study, and emphasises the importance of its educational institutions for the city, especially the university. The city has created an inspiring environment that makes it attractive to both Danish and foreign students.
Aarhus University has 91 Bachelor degree programmes and 112 Master´s degree programmes (2012) – please find more information here: http://bachelor.au.dk/en/ or http://kandidat.au.dk/en/
You can also do a ph.d. degree at Aarhus University. Read more about the possibilities here: http://www.au.dk/en/phd/
Researchers at Aarhus University won the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry 1997 and Economics in 2010
Professor Jens Christian Skou, DrMedSc, from the Faculty of Health Sciences, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997 for being the first person ever to describe an ion pump. An ion pump is an enzyme that transport ions across a cell membrane. In 1957, Skou described the sodium potassium pump. This pump is an absolutely fundamental part of every living cell because it regulates the concentration of salts inside and outside the cell by pumping sodium ions out of the cell. Since Skous discovery of the sodium potassium pump, a considerable number of enzymes with similar properties have been discovered.
In 2010 Dale T. Mortensen, a Niels-Bohr professor, won the Nobel Prize in economics. He won the prize for his work in labour market economics, which has been done in collaboration with the economics department at Aarhus University during the past decades. The awarding of the prize to Dale T. Mortensen was another great achivement for the research at Aarhus University.
View a soundslide with pictures of the prize winning architecture at Aarhus University: http://www.au.dk/about/profile/architecture/soundslide/