In June 2021, the political agreement "more and better educational opportunities throughout the country" was entered into with a political desire to offer more educational opportunities outside the country's largest cities. With the agreement, SDU has been asked to prepare an institutional plan that reduces up to 10% of the study places from Odense until 2030, either by moving the study places to other cities or by removing them completely.
For almost 25 years, SDU has built up a broad, geographical presence, and SDU wants to continue to offer high-quality regional research-based education, as it provides the greatest value for students, staff and the surrounding community. SDU knows how to run campuses outside the big cities with good cooperation with local actors, but this should not happen at the expense of a reduction in study places in Odense.
On this page you can get an overview of SDU's position as a regional university, just as all communication about regionalization is here.
Education vision set to strengthen the Triangle Region
SDU’s vision of helping to build a future research and education environment in the fields of IT and engineering in the Triangle Region, one of the country’s key industrial regions, is alive and well.
Law degree programme to be created at SDU in Esbjerg
From the autumn of 2023, SDU will offer a law degree programme in Esbjerg. This is clear after RUVU (the advisory committee for the evaluation of the offering of higher education programmes) has approved SDU’s application for the education. This was announced by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a visit to SDU in Esbjerg on Thursday morning.
Political agreement on regionalisation
On Tuesday 22 March, a political conciliation group reached an agreement based on the political initiative ‘More and better educational opportunities throughout Denmark’ of 25 June 2021.
SDU’s institutional plan has been submitted
SDU has submitted a plan to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science describing how the University intends to comply with the political agreement on more and better educational opportunities throughout Denmark. The content is largely identical to the draft presented to the Board in December. SDU wants to strengthen the University’s regional position, but this should not happen by reducing SDU’s student places in Odense.
SDU and Vejle Municipality in close collaboration on campus
More than 9,000 students are currently studying a degree programme in the Triangle Region. This number is set to increase with SDU and Vejle Municipality’s joint announcement of the establishment of SDU Vejle, a new campus offering IT, health and engineering programmes.
SDU’s institutional plan has been approved
SDU is now almost ready to submit a plan to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science describing how the University complies with the political agreement on more and better educational opportunities throughout Denmark. While SDU wants to strengthen the University’s regional position, this should not accomplished by reducing the number of student places in Odense.
Comments on the draft of SDU’s institutional plan regarding regionalisation
In the coming days and weeks, SDU will involve several of the University’s bodies in the regionalisation proposal which SDU has been asked to submit to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science at the turn of the year.
SDU set to strengthen its regional activities
This summer’s political agreement on education in Denmark stipulates that the admission of students in the nation’s four largest cities must be reduced by 2030. SDU stands a good chance of meeting the requirement thanks to the University’s multiple regional campuses. Towards the turn of the year, SDU is working on preparing a plan to strengthen the University’s regional activities and reduce the number of student places in Odense.
Greetings from SDU's Executive Board
It will be a busy autumn, where, among other things, clarity must be created about what the regionalization of educations will mean for SDU.
Summer greetings from SDU’s Executive Board
With the advent of midsummer, many of us are about to enjoy the summer break.
SDU is already a strong regional university
The government’s proposal for a new education reform contains a regionalisation agenda, which SDU has already been implementing for more than two decades with more than 20% of its BA programme admissions being located outside Odense.
About the plan
Rector Jens Ringsmose talks about SDU's plans
In June, the political agreement "more and better educational opportunities throughout the country" was entered into with a political desire to offer more educational opportunities outside the country's largest cities. Rector Jens Ringsmose talks about SDU's plans in this video