IT University of Copenhagen welcomes record number of new students

On the first day of the new semester, ITU welcomed 378 new bachelor students – the biggest year group in the history of the university.

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August 21, 2017 was the first day of school for the largest group of new bachelor students in ITU’s history. They were welcomed with flags, balloons and breakfast by their enthusiastic tutors. Auditorium 1 was filled to the brim as Pro-Rector Jens Christian Godskesen welcomed the new students to university life.

"You are making history. ITU has never before admitted this many bachelor students," he told the new students.

Jens Christian Godskesen.
Pro-Rector Jens Christian Godskesen welcomed the new students.

In his welcome speech, Jens Christian Godskesen highlighted the excellent job opportunities that await the new students once their studies have been completed. In 2030, Denmark will lack 19,000 IT specialists, according to the Danish Business Authority, and many companies have difficulty recruiting highly skilled IT specialists already today. As a result of the high demand for IT graduates, ITU has increased its intake by 24 percent this year, the Pro-Rector told the students in his speech. 

More than 1000 new students in total
Most of the new students - 160 in total – will study Software Development, 77 have chosen Global Business Informatics, and 71 are pursuing a BSc in Digital Media and Design. Finally, 70 of the new students are enrolled in ITU's new bachelor's degree in Data Science - Denmark's first of its kind. On Thursday, 646 students will begin their studies in one of ITU's four MSc programs, bringing the total number of new students up to more than 1000 for the first time ever.

Following the welcome of the Pro-Rector, the tutors took over with icebreakers, intro activities, practical information.

See photos from the intro day below.

Nye studerende på ITU.

New students at ITU

Nye studerende på ITU.

Navneleg for Data Science-studerende.

Further information

Vibeke Arildsen, Press Officer, phone 2555 0447, email