|The University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. Today it has over 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees. Notable alumni include Søren Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr and N. F. S. Grundtvig. It is comprised of eight faculties: Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Theology. According to the world university rankings published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and by the Times Higher Education Supplement, the University of Copenhagen ranks as the best university in Denmark, the best in Scandinavia, 13th in Europe and 54th worldwide.
The University has various cooperation agreements with universities around the world. Most notably, in January 2006 the University entered into the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), a worldwide network of 10 top universities including, inter alia, the University of California Berkeley, Yale University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge.
A city whose motto bestows it with a rather magical glamour - can this really be a fairy tale come true? In the case of "Wonderful Copenhagen" it certainly is: the city is a miracle of diversity, combining the cosiness of a fishing village, the liveliness of an international commercial centre and the elegance of a royal capital. In fact, each of these facets reflects aspects of Copenhagen’s rich history. During the Viking Age the city’s inhabitants - back then they were more simple villagers than city-dwellers - made a living from fishing. Although the remains from the Viking Age have mostly disappeared, the city’s medieval atmosphere can be felt on almost every corner. It was the herring and Copenhagen’s strategic position at the Oresund which provided the prospering city with sufficient wealth and influence, making it only a question of time before it became the Kingdom’s capital. The royal palace, which is situated in the middle of the city, bears witness to this glorious development. Nowadays Copenhagen continues to be a very dynamic city: its 1.7 million inhabitants not only benefit from its position as an international hub, they also have the privilege of living in a city with an extraordinarily rich cultural life. And perhaps most importantly, their city is home to the worlds most charming statue: The Little Mermaid.