Aarhus University (AU) was established in 1928 as a public research university. Ever since then, it has grown into a major Danish university. The school has made a name for itself because of its strong international reputation. It is conveniently located in the heart of Aarhus, not far from the historic city centre and is Denmark’s second oldest university, as well as its largest. After a merger with Aarhus School of engineering in 2013, the total count of enrolled students was 44,500. Due to its excellent degree programmes, Aarhus University was ranked in the top 100 of the most prestigious ranking list of the world’s best universities. The university has strong ties with businesses and industries worldwide and is therefore able to offer its students a hand-on, real-life education which prepares them for a global career. The school is proud of its deep involvement in the development of the society that the school is part of. The campus is made up of yellow brick buildings, providing a vibrant learning environment. The university is constantly ranked in the top 100 of the best universities. It belongs to the Coimbra Group of European universities and courses are accredited by EFMD, AACSB and AMBA, making the business school of Aarhus University one of the few in the world to hold tripe-accreditation. It was also named one of the top 10 most beautiful universities in Europe by the Times Higher Education. The university aims to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. In order to best prepare its students, the school combines high level academic teaching with the collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways. To achieve this, the university is partly organized in departments that are distributed among four major academic areas, as well as partly being divided into basic research centres.
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While doing PhD at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (AU), I have found a lot of opportunities to improve my qualification (including the cleanroom experience and a variety of experimental facilities). I very much appreciate a possibility to broaden my overview because it is very easy here to communicate with everyone (Bsc/Msc/PhD students, postdocs, professors and other academic stuff). They are extremely helpful, positive and open.
I also taught a few courses to the undergraduate students, realized that they normally do lots of collective work (discussions, problem solving, etc.), and was very surprised on how effective and funny their approach is.
Otherwise (during Friday bars/Autumn schools/other social hangouts), it was my pleasure to communicate with energetic, curious and innovative students. If I had a chance to choose a university to study again, it would definitely be AU!