Microsoft signs agreement with the IT University of Copenhagen  

During Bill Gates' visit to Denmark, plans for further collaboration with the IT University of Copenhagen were revealed including establishment of a Microsoft laboratory

Microsoft, which has just opened an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) centre at its Business Solutions Unit in Vedbæk, north of Copenhagen, revealed further plans for its engagement in Denmark during Bill Gates' one-day visit Tuesday. Microsoft has signed a declaration of intent with the IT University of Copenhagen regarding research, education and entrepreneurship.


The agreement includes collaboration on supervision of MSc theses, support of the Entrepreneurship Academy and the establishment of a Microsoft laboratory at the IT University. The new agreement is an extension of an existing relationship which started in 2001 comprising research in future Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.


During his visit Bill Gates met Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander. One of the subjects discussed was how Denmark can strengthen its position as a leading IT nation. According to Bill Gates, education and high-class universities play an important role in achieving this objective. The news is reported by financial newspaper Børsen online.


The Vedbæk facility is Microsoft's largest development centre outside its Seattle HQ. It was created after the IT giant acquired the Danish company Navision in 2002 for USD 1.76 billion (approx. DKK 11 billion), the second most expensive acquisition in Microsoft's history up to that time.

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