Roskilde University

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Roskilde University (Danish: Roskilde Universitet, RUC) is a Danish public university founded in 1972 and located in Trekroner in the Eastern part of Roskilde. The university awards bachelor and master's degrees as well as Ph.D. degrees.


Organization and Administration

The university is governed by a board consisting of 9 members: 5 members recruited outside the university form the majority of the board, 1 member is appointed by the scientific staff, 1 member is appointed by the administrative staff, and 2 members are appointed by the university students. The Rector is appointed by the university board. The rector in turn appoints deans and deans appoint heads of departments. There is no faculty senate and faculty is not involved in the appointment of rector, deans, or department heads. Hence the university has no faculty governance.[1]


Roskilde University has 6 departments (institutes) specializing in very different areas from Mathematics to International Development:

  • Communication, Business and Information Technologies (CBIT)
  • Culture and Identity (CUID)
  • Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC)
  • Psychology and Educational Studies (PAES)
  • Science, Systems and Models (NSM)
  • Society and Globalisation (ISG)

The university offers four basic studies programmes:

  • Basic Studies in the Humanities
  • Basic Studies in the Social Sciences
  • Basic Studies in the Natural Sciences
  • Basic Studies in Humanistically applied Natural Sciences


The university was founded in 1972 and was initially intended as an alternative to the traditional Danish universities which had been the scene of several student uprisings in the late 1960s. The students considered the traditional universities undemocratic and controlled by the professors and wanted more influence as well as more flexible teaching methods.

In the 1970s the university was known for its very liberal education as opposed to the usual lectures provided by the more traditional universities of Copenhagen and Århus. The focus was shifted from traditional lectures to group orientated methods and projects rather than traditional exams.

In 2003, the revised Danish university law removed faculty, staff and students from the university decision process, creating a top-down control structure that has been described as absolute monarchy, since leaders are granted extensive powers while being appointed exclusively by higher levels in the organization.[2]

Some notable alumni and professors from RUC include:

Working conditions at Roskilde University

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