The IT University of Copenhagen was established in 1999 as a free faculty at Copenhagen Business School. The free faculty was called IT-højskolen and the main goal was to increase the number of research-based IT study programmes in Denmark. In connection with the University Act of July 2003 IT-højskolen became an independent university and changed name to the IT University of Copenhagen. The IT University is the youngest university in Denmark established in 1999. Based on its mission of contributing to making Denmark exceptionally good at creating value with IT the IT University strives to deliver internationally recognized and highly relevant research and education. The mission of the IT University of Copenhagen is to deliver internationally leading teaching and research which enable Denmark to become exceptionally good at creating value with IT. Vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to ground-breaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity.
The university offers both Bachelors and Masters Programs. IT University offers 3 Bachelor programmes, 4 MSc study programmes, 4 Professional Master's study programmes, a Diploma programme and approximately 100 single subjects each semester. Bachelor’s programmes include Global business informatics, Digital media and Design, Software development and Data science. Masters programmes include Digital innovation and management, Digital design and communication, Software development and games. The university also provides professional education in IT Management, Interaction design and Software engineering.
Approximately 2,600 students are enrolled in the university. There are approximately 40 members of the scientific staff, 50 Ph.D. students. Since the establishment, students with more than 100 different bachelor degrees have been admitted. IT department has approximately 30 PhD qualified academic faculty and 10 PhD scholars, Computer science department faculty counts approximately 26 researchers, 13 postdocs and 24 PhD-students, Digital Design Department has 85 skilled and engaged educators and researchers with an interest in digital design. The IT University is governed by a board consisting of 9 members: 5 members recruited from outside of the university form the majority of the board, 1 member is appointed by the scientific staff, 1 member is appointed by the administrative staff, and 2 members are appointed by the university students.
The IT University has research groups that work with identifying and developing innovative communication, computer games, improving IT design, IT technologies, and software development. Much of this research is done in collaborative projects with participants from industry, public sector and leading international researchers. The research aims to provide new insight that could be the foundation for new types of interaction, new breakthroughs in digital culture, better resource optimization, technological innovation and much more. These students work closely with the faculty on their research projects in order to develop their research skills and their international network. The university carries out research in different topics which include Adaptive Environments, Algorithms, Centre for Computer Games Research, Culture and Communication, Interaction Design, Pervasive Interaction Technology, Process and System Models, Programming Logic and Semantics, Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab, Software Development Group, Software Engineering, Technologies in Practice.