Denmark excels  

in university-industry cooperation


Danish universities get a top position in a new worldwide ranking. The amount of publications published in cooperation with private companies is outstanding.

danish people cooperating

The Danish ability to cooperate is now being recognized in a new international analysis by CWTS at Leiden University. Especially the Technical University of Denmark excels with a top 10 position in the world, when it comes to cooperating with private companies on research with subsequent publications as the measurable result.

“This is great news,“ says Vice Dean of the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, Anders Bjarklev, in a Danish press release, “It confirms that our strategy that DTU should make knowledge useful for the benefit of the surrounding society actually works. It also indicates that the companies find it interesting to cooperate with us, because we can contribute with knowledge that they cannot get elsewhere.”

Also the University of Copenhagen and Aalborg stand out with rankings as respectively no. 11 and 25 in the world measured on the amount of co-publications with the industry between 2006 and 2008.

World class Danish engineering

Next to the cross-disciplinary ranking, the analysis is also divided into five sections such as natural sciences and engineering. Within the latter, Aalborg University in the Northern part of Denmark takes another top 10 position for Denmark, which comes as no surprise for Dean Finn Kjærsdam:

“It has for many years been an important operational area at the Aalborg University to bring new knowledge into effect in the surrounding world, and in this regard, research collaborations with private companies are a very important element.”

The unique interplay and cooperation between industry players and research institutions is one of the many reasons why foreign companies choose to establish research and development or activities in Denmark.

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