Roskilde University

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Founded

1972

Description

Roskilde University is a public, research-driven university founded in 1972. The university builds on innovative and student-centred forms of learning, strong interdisciplinary research environments, and a shared focus on the great social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges in the world around us.

Roskilde University offers English-taught undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programmes within social sciences, business studies, arts and humanities, science, technology, health care and environmental assessment.

The university employs 570 researchers at four departments: Communication and Arts, People and Technology, Science and Environment, Social Sciences and Business.

Educational principles includes interdisciplinarity, problem-oriented project work, participant direction and joint responsibility. From enrolment to graduation, students learn to identify and define problems scientifically, assess and select the relevant theories and methods, and conduct independent scientific analyses.

Half of the student’s time is spent in a project group under the supervision of a researcher. The students define a problem and present arguments for solutions through scientific exploration. The problems defined in project work often target real life challenges in the surrounding world, thereby bridging the gap between academia and society. The other half of the student’s time is devoted to courses in subject-specific methodology and theory.

International students at Roskilde University learn methods and theories within their subject fields, they acquire skills in project management and they encounter Danish culture in an informal, creative and democratic student environment.

On arrival at Roskilde University, students are assigned a personal mentor and they enrol on a 2-week foundation course that ensures they receive the best possible introduction to Roskilde University and to Denmark.

Roskilde University consists of one large campus area, which includes a large research library, a state-of-the-art laboratory building, a student house, organic canteen, sports club, International Student Club and many outdoor facilities etc.

The campus is located at the outskirts of the city of Roskilde. Roskilde hosts one of Europe's largest culture and music festivals, the Roskilde Festival. The city has a rich social and recreational life and more than one thousand years of history as an important harbour and trading city, dating back to the Viking era. Roskilde is a mere 25 minutes by train from the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Specific details

Category of Education Business and Economics, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

Denmark
Universitetsvej 1, Postboks 260, Roskilde , 4000, Region Zealand, Denmark

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I just started my Master's programme (in Social Entrepreneurship) at RUC a few weeks ago but as I also took part in a supplementary summer course I already have a basic idea about studying here. From professors and teachers to the library staff...

I just started my Master's programme (in Social Entrepreneurship) at RUC a few weeks ago but as I also took part in a supplementary summer course I already have a basic idea about studying here. From professors and teachers to the library staff everyone is aware and very proud of the RUC way of teaching/studying which even has a name: 'problem-oriented project work'. The basic idea is to work in groups on projects that are focused on real-life problems from the current world and can have a meaningful contribution to society. Teachers are here for us to show the theories, methods and tools that are our there but it is our job and responsibility to do something with that toolkit. None of the professors are going to tell you that 'this is the way it is, you just have to accept'. Instead they encourage us to question former terminologies, concepts and models from a critical perspective in order to be able to move forward and create something useful later on. RUC is seen to be a very 'liberal' university even in Denmark so there might be minor issues regarding administration but that's also part of the approach of you as a student being responsible for your own education. If you don't like something or think that you have been treated in an unfair manner, you have to speak up and go after it yourself. But of course everyone is very helpful and will do everything to solve the problem ? The university is in a beautiful green area, about 30 minutes from Copenhagen by train and has well-connected systems to support your studies.

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When I started my studies at RUC, my expectations were a mixture of high academic standards with a high degree of competition, what I get at the end of the day was something completely different. On the plus side, RUC, has infiltrated my critical...

When I started my studies at RUC, my expectations were a mixture of high academic standards with a high degree of competition, what I get at the end of the day was something completely different. On the plus side, RUC, has infiltrated my critical perspective in a major way. In a sense that I have embodied the collaborative approach in addressing a problem. I love about that. What I didn't like is the lack of systematic grading system that is in place. The lack of clarity can be frustrating for students looking to get a feedback on their paper.

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