Denmark's Technical University

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Denmark's Technical University
motto Teknik and videnskab for samfundet
founding January 27, 1829
Sponsorship state
place Lyngby near Copenhagen
country Denmark
president Overgaard Bjarklev is different
Students 11221 (as of 2017)
Employee 6008 ( FTE , as of 2017)
including professors 2171
Annual budget 5.134 billion DKK (as of 2017)
Networks CESAER , TIME
Main building in Lyngby
Courtyard area
Administrative area

Denmark's Technical University ( Danish Danmarks Tekniske Universitet ), DTU for short , is a state university based in Lyngby near Copenhagen , Denmark . It was founded in 1829 on the initiative of the physicist Hans Christian Ørsted as a Polytechnische Lehranstalt (Danish Den Polytekniske Læreanstalt ). In 2007, several Danish research centers were incorporated into the university and today form part or independent departments of the DTU.

The DTU is one of the best universities in Scandinavia as well as in the world (18th place in Best Global Universities - Engineering by US News & World Report , 46th place in QS World University Rankings - Engineering and Technology and 38th place in Academic Ranking of World Universities - engineering ). In the research area, it ranks 20th among the most cited institutes in scientific publications (in the field of engineering 1997-2007).


Polytechnische Lehranstalt (Danish Den Polytekniske Læreanstalt ) in Sølvgade, 1889

In 1829 the Polytechnic School was founded. The driving force was the physicist Hans Christian Ørsted , who was then a professor at the University of Copenhagen . It was inspired by the École polytechnique in Paris . When it opened in 1829, Ørsted became the first rector until his death in 1851 .

The school was housed in two buildings in Studiestræde and St-Oederstræde in the center of Copenhagen until 1890 and then moved to a complex in Sølvgade designed by the architect Johan Daniel Herholdt . From 1920 the space for the steadily growing university became insufficient and in 1929 the foundation stone was laid for a new building complex in Østervold. Due to the Second World War, however, its completion was delayed until 1954. In 1960 the decision was made to relocate the university to the north of Copenhagen to the current location in Lyngby , where the opening ceremony took place on May 17, 1974.

From 1933 on, the university was officially known as Denmark's Technical University (Danish: Danmarks tekniske Højskole , DtH). After merging with Denmark's Engineering Academy (Danish Danmarks Ingeniørakademi , DIA) in 1994, it was renamed Denmark's Technical University (Danish Danmarks Tekniske Universitet , DTU).

On January 1st, 2007 the DTU was merged with the following research institutions: Forskningscenter Risø , Danmarks Fødevareforskning , Danmarks Fiskeriundersøgelser (since 2008 the National Institute for Aquatic Resources ; DTU Aqua), Danmarks Rumcenter and Danmarks Transport-Forskning .

Research institutes and departments

R / V Dana , DTU research vessel , 2016

There are 19 research institutes (Danish Forskning Institutter ) as departments:

National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Environmental Engineering
National Food Institute
  • DTU Fotonik (Institute for Photonics - Photonics )
Department of Photonics Engineering
Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
  • DTU Management (Institut for Planlægning, Innovation og Ledelse - Production Management )
Department of Management Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology
  • DTU Fysik (Institute for Fysics - Physics )
Department of Physics
National Space Institute , successor to the Danish National Space Center (DNSC) since 2007
Department of Systems Biology
  • DTU Transport (Institute for Transport - Traffic Sciences )
Department of Transport
National Veterinary Institute
  • DTU Vindenergi (Institute for Vindenergi - Wind Energy )
Department of Wind Energy (includes Risø DTU )

In addition, the DTU Executive School of Business , the DTU Cen (Center for Electron Nanoscopy) , the DTU Danchip (National Center for Micro- and Nanofabrication) and the DTU Library (Technical Information Center of Denmark) are operated.


Surname From To
Hans Christian Ørsted January 27, 1829 March 13, 1851
Johan Georg Forchhammer March 13, 1851 December 14, 1865
Christian Gotfried Hummel December 14, 1865 August 21, 1872
Carl Valentin Holten September 5, 1872 July 31, 1883
Julius Thomsen August 1, 1883 January 31, 1902
Gustav Adolph Hagemann February 1, 1902 January 31, 1912
Harald Immanuel Hanover February 1, 1912 January 31, 1922
PO Pedersen February 1, 1922 October 31, 1941
Anchor Engelund November 1, 1941 May 31, 1959
Eggert Knuth-Winterfeldt June 1, 1959 January 31, 1975
Flemming Woldbye 1st February 1975 April 30, 1977
Peter Lawætz May 1, 1977 April 30, 1986
Hans Peter Jensen May 1, 1986 October 30, 2001
Lars Pallesen November 1, 2001 October 31, 2011
Overgaard Bjarklev is different November 1, 2011 (til today)

Associated personalities

Danish civil engineer , studied at the Polytekniske Læreanstalt (graduation 1949)
American scientist (Ph.D. in materials science), was u. a. former CEO of Intel Corporation. In 1972 he was part of the Fulbright program as a research assistant at the DTU.
Danish computer scientist who was professor at DTU 1965–1969 and 1976–2007 ( retired since 2007 ). He is u. a. specialized in software technology and author of the three-volume standard work: Software Engineering 1-3 .
Danish physicist and engineer, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of the law of conservation of energy and mechanical heat theory . He was a student from 1837–41 and a professor at the Polytekniske Læreanstalt (today's DTU) from 1865–1886 .
Danish physiologist and biochemist who graduated from Polytekniske Læreanstalt (now DTU) with a degree in chemistry in 1920 . For the discovery of vitamin K , he and Edward Adelbert Doisy received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1943 .
Danish civil engineer and rector of the DTU (then Danmarks tekniske Højskole ) from 1941–1959. He was instrumental in planning and implementing the expansion of the DTU, which ultimately led to the move from Østervold to Lyngby at the end of the 1950s .
Danish engineer for construction ( civil engineering ) specializing in health aspects of indoor areas. He graduated from the DTU ( M.Sc. ) in 1957 and was professor at the DTU almost continuously from 1959 until his death in 2006.
Danish computer scientist 1957-1963 at DTU Electrical Engineering studied and pioneered the development of operating systems and concurrency programming (concurrent programming) applies.
Danish civil engineer who graduated from Danmarks tekniske Højskole (now DTU) with a degree in civil engineering in 1935 . In 1955 he became professor of soil mechanics and foundation engineering at the DTU, and at the same time director of the Danish geotechnical institute.
Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor and man of letters who u. a. also studied at the DTU. He coined the term superellipse and developed the form of short poems known as Gruk .
Danish programmer and developer of Turbo Pascal and Delphi as well as co-inventor of the .NET system. From 1989-1996 he was chief developer at Borland and then head of software architecture at Microsoft . He studied at the DTU in the early 80s , but did not graduate.
Danish computer scientist who obtained his M.Sc. in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in computer science at the DTU. His main field of activity is volume scattering in 3D computer graphics .
Danish mathematician who studied at what was then Polytekniske Læreanstalt (now DTU) from 1871–1875 and taught there from 1894. In 1897 he received the professorship for theoretical mechanics , which he held until 1925.
British physicist who taught and researched in Denmark from 1963 until his death. He mainly worked in the field of solid state physics and was a professor at the DTU (1966–1970) and the University of Copenhagen as well as director of the Forskningscenter Risø (today Risø DTU).
Danish computer scientist and web design expert specializing in software and web design usability . He studied at the DTU and received his doctorate ( Ph.D. ) in computer science .
Danish mathematician and since 1925, as the successor to Sophus Christian Juel, professor of theoretical mechanics at what was then Polytekniske Læreanstalt (today's DTU).
Danish physicist and chemist as well as co-founder and first rector from 1829-1851 of the then Polytekniske Læreanstalt (today's DTU).
Danish physicist and engineer as well as rector of the then Polytekniske Læreanstalt and later Danmarks tekniske Højskole (today's DTU) from 1922-1941. He was involved in Valdemar Poulsen's development of the arc transmitter and the wire-tone device .
Danish physicist and climate researcher. He was Director of the Center for Sun-Climate Research at the Danish National Space Center (DNSC) and is currently Professor in the DTU Space Department.
Danish chemist and since 1984 Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the DTU Chemistry (Nanochemistry) department.

See also

Web links

Commons : Denmark's Technical University  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. About DTU> President's Office. Retrieved August 8, 2019 .
  2. ^ Education 2017 (Students). Technical University of Denmark (English)
  3. Human resources 2017. Technical University of Denmark (English)
  4. Finances 2017. Technical University of Denmark (English)
  5. Rankings - DTU. In: . Retrieved April 8, 2016 .
  6. Top 20 institutions in engineering based on impact . Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  7. a b DTU technology history

Coordinates: 55 ° 47 ′ 0 ″  N , 12 ° 31 ′ 0 ″  E