About Aarhus University

  • an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution that creates and shares knowledge

The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields.

Aarhus University (AU) is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. It has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks.

AU has a strong commitment to the development of society that is realised through its collaboration with government agencies and institutions and the business community.

The university’s goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. The university therefore strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways.

This takes place in close contact with the world around us and creates the basis for the university to be internationally competitive within the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Facts about AU

  • Number of students 44,500
  • Number of employees 11,550
  • Number of Bachelor’s degree graduates 2013  4,455
  • Number of Master’s degree graduates 2013      4,002
  • Number of PhD graduates 2013 450
  • Turnover in 2013 DKK 6,146 million
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Research at Aarhus University is partly organised in departments distributed among four main academic areas, and partly in basic research centres.

Aarhus University also comprises a number of interdisciplinary centres.

Two researchers from the university have received the Nobel Prize, firstly in Chemistry (1997), and subsequently in economics (2010) respectively. Several highly coveted research awards and grants have also gone to a large number of researchers at Aarhus University. 

There are more than 6,000 researchers (4,300 full-time equivalents) at the university, including approximately 2,000 PhD students.


The study programmes at AU are based on and integrated with the research activities. They are developed in a close collaboration between employers, academic staff and students. Aarhus University's most important contribution to society are its graduates.

AU has 44,500 students (2012) – of which 5,000 are foreign students.

The university has an annual intake of just under 7,000 students, while 4,000 students graduate each year.

AU has been appointed Denmark’s Entrepreneurial University and thus contributes towards stimulating the competences of its students in close interaction with the business community.

AU was the first university in Denmark to recruit students to the PhD programme before they were awarded their Master's degree.

Talent Development

The development of research talents and the recruitment of researchers is a social task with high priority. The university therefore offers talent development of international standard, and the PhD programmes are a significant foundation for the university’s activities.

AU has a long-standing tradition of working with talented students already from the Bachelor's degree level.

The PhD degree programmes at Aarhus University are integrated in four graduate schools.

There are 1,900 PhD students, of which 25 per cent are foreign students.

Knowledge Exchange

AU has established strong and extensive knowledge exchange activities. In interaction with the outside world, the university makes a significant contribution to the development of society in both a Danish and international context.

The university has a unique position as a supplier of research-based consultancy to government agencies and institutions within the fields of the environment and energy, agriculture and food, culture and learning, as well as forensic medicine.

The university collaborates with the Central Denmark Region on Aarhus University Hospital and the associated healthcare system.

In addition, researchers from Aarhus University collaborate with other external partners in government agencies and institutions as well as private organisations and companies.

AU offers a comprehensive programme of continuing and further education programmes which ensure life-long learning for many social groups.

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