Higher Education Systems and Institutions, Denmark

  • Hanne Foss Hansen
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_429-1

Introduction

Denmark is a small country situated in Northern Europe. It has a long history in higher education with the University of Copenhagen established in 1479 (Hansen 2000). Post-World War II history of HE is one of expansion organized in a setting of the Nordic welfare model. This means that welfare provision including higher education is based on the principle of universalism and funded through taxation. Further the higher education grant and loan scheme offering students financial support is generous compared to most other countries.

In Denmark, the higher education landscape is structured with four qualifications levels: a short-cycle academic professional level, a first-cycle bachelor’s level, a second-cycle master’s level, and a third-cycle PhD level. Educational programs are offered by three different types of institutions: academies of professional higher education, university colleges, and universities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark