Aarhus UniversityBy Asian Correspondent Oct 24, 2011 9:04PM UTC
Aarhus University in Denmark has been consistently ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world rankings. The Shanghai rankings placed it at 86th and QS World University Rankings positioned it at 79th this year. With some of the best researchers, staff, infrastructure and industry-academic partnerships, Aarhus opens up a world of opportunities for its students.
The university has two Nobel Prize winners to its credit, and with more than 38,000 students and 10,000 staff, the Aarhus University offers a young and inclusive atmosphere where learning is an enjoyable experience.
Aarhus University prides itself on offering in-depth understanding of various issues and offers a practical approach to teaching. The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences is responsible for Life Sciences. An interdisciplinary approach encourages students of Life Sciences to regularly mingle and exchange ideas with students from other fields, especially in science and technology.
The Faculty of Health Sciences at Aarhus University focuses on four key areas: research, talent development, knowledge exchange and education. The faculty consists of five departments: Department of Biomedicine; Department of Clinical Medicine; Department of Public Health; Department of Dentistry; and Department of Forensic Medicine.
A large number of research centres including 15 Centres of Excellence facilitate research across a range of areas. The university is considered to be highly competent in the field of Life Sciences. Its interdisciplinary collaboration across a range of focus areas in the field of Life Sciences takes place such through research centres such as CFIN, INANO and Neurocampus.
One unique research tool, a mammoth statistical database on various aspects of life available in Denmark, gives Aarhus University an edge over universities in other countries. PhD students as well as researchers often benefit from the 10-digit personal ID number which can be used to access database on diseases, biobanks and so on. This provides researchers with an immense wealth of data which facilitates research work.
The university offers bachelors, masters and PhD programs to its students. Some of the undergraduate courses many not be available in English and students are advised to please confirm beforehand with university administration about the mode of teaching.
The university offers bachelors programs in Biology, Bioprocess Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemistry and Technology, Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine, among others.
Most of the masters programs at Aarhus are available in English. Students can choose from Agrobiology, Biology, Biosystems Engineering, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology, and more.
The university offers some of the most competent and demanding PhD programs in the world, attracting only the best international PhD candidates. The Aarhus Graduate School of Health Sciences manages the research training at both pre- and postgraduate level. The School attracts students from a range of fields such as biomedicine, public health and clinical medicine.
There are 12 PhD programs available at Aarhus University and these include focus areas of NeuroScience; Translational Molecular Medicine; Membrane Transporters and Receptors; and Molecular Metabolism and Endocrinology, among others. For all PhD students at the university, an annual interdisciplinary conference is organized every year by the Aarhus Graduate School of Health Sciences. This annual event is famously known as the ‘PhD Day’ and constitutes as a major academic event on the calendar of the university’s doctoral students.
The PhD House at the International Centre is a hub for PhD students to facilitate academic as well as social exchange.
The university has a 4,000-strong international student population, comprising almost 10 percent of the total student population of the university. Its International Centre focuses mainly on internationalization. The university has internationalization as one of its main priorities and has also built a five-year strategy (2009-2013) to boost partnerships across the world. Aarhus aims to increase internationalization of education, promote student and researcher mobility, internationalize research, and promote the internationalization of research-based consultancy.
The university welcomes diverse groups of students from various countries across the world. Exchange programs are common and the university welcomes foreign exchange students for one to two semesters. Exchange students also attend summer courses at the university. The attempt to internationalise and reach out to the world is also apparent in the fact that as many as 1,000 courses at Aarhus University are taught in English.
Situated in the heart of the Aarhus city, the campus is one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful campuses around. Modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and attractive parks to host events make the campus a lively and enjoyable place to be. There are a number of bars, cafés, restaurants and popular student hangouts which make the campus sociable and extremely friendly.
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