The University College of Northern Denmark (UCN) is an outstanding university that offers internationally-focused courses in English and Danish. The following degree courses are completely taught in English, in order to give students a truly global outlook: Architectural Technology and Construction Management: Architectural Technology and Construction Management (Vietnam), Automation Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Digital Concept Development, Export and Technology Management, International Hospitality Management, International Sales and Marketing, Marketing Management, Multimedia Design and Communication, Tourism Management, Software Development, Sport management, as well as Web development. The university currently has four schools, which are each dedicated to a specific field, such as Health, Education, Technology & Business, and Further and Lifelong Education. UCN merged with other academic institutions and has now campuses in Aalborg, Thisted and Hjørring. It also has ties with Aalborg University (AAU). In addition to being an excellent education provider, the university is also very active in applied research and development, as well as innovation and continuing education. Today, the school has about 10,000 full time students and 800 part-time students. The faculty is made up of 750 highly qualified staff members who are happy to pass on their wisdom in their fields of expertise. The establishment prides itself for being a multicultural study environment- UCN has more than 100 partner universities abroad. At UCN, students can expect to be taught in an innovative and dynamic fashion. Graduates are all-rounders with excellent professionals skills, gained through interactive lectures. They also possess all of the necessary and valued abilities to become successful workers, in whatever fields they have chosen to specialize in. UCN’s higher education programmes are all approved by the Danish Ministry of Education and internationally approved through the ECTS system. The international study environment, and the close links with businesses and industry, is what makes studying at UCN so attractive. The school even offers flexible study programmes to fit every student’s needs.
UCN is an institution with focus on team work, development of projects based on real based cases. It is good for developing skills in practical and theoretical knowledge which is helpful when coming to the job market later on.View more
All in all I can say that I like UCN and what it offers, but on the other hand there has been many situation and circumstances in which just didn’t seem professional and serious enough.
I also have gotten a feeling that some teachers are not really competent for their positions, meaning that they either don’t know how to teach/lecture or simply don’t seem skilled enough in their field. But those are all minor things and are definitely not dominant.
I personally recommend UCN to the students that don’t expect a lot and are aware of themselves as not so highly ambitious people!
To begin with, I think that problem-based learning -method is a fantastic way to go. Learning through projects based on real-life problems give a good opportunity to educate yourself in an environment which prepares you for the future. Also, minimizing the amount exams and increasing the number of projects is definitely something positive especially when comprehension and understanding are what is needed in the modern society. I believe that educations based on memorising and scoring well on countless exams are not really measuring anything else than how good one is memorising a lot of detailed information in a short time. UCN’s approach is more up to date in today’s world -offering students a way to show their overall understanding by intertwining subjects to a whole, just like in real life. And isn’t real life our goal with education?
However, there are a few points which have made me to give only 2 stars to NAKU. Firstly, I think that I was expecting a higher level of the teaching. It has felt like that only every now and then I leave a class with a feeling that it was worth to come instead of just reading the material for the day. I am expecting more in-depth teaching as well as higher-level English in institutions for higher education. Secondly, I think NAKU is lacking in sufficient feedback. Sometimes I feel that students are treated a bit like little ducklings that have to be protected from “negative”/constructive feedback. However, it is difficult to perform better and reach bigger goals and even think about surviving in Masters programs if constructive feedback is missing. Also, the lack of individual assignments leads to a situation where some students work a lot harder than others but are given the same feedback/grades. Unfortunately, it is true that there are students that have completely ridden on the wave of other students without moving a finger with very insufficient skills. Lastly, I must complain about structure. It seems to me like there are many organizational problems at UCN/NAKU. It is very difficult to get information about lectures, important dates, projects etc. on time. Because of that, at least my own stress levels have risen high. Planning life around the school can be difficult when information is very hard to get on time.
All of these things together have made me come to a conclusion that UCN is a bit like a juvenile as an organization. It has potential to grow up but at the moment it still needs to put its energy into fixing fundamental problems. I feel like it is very easy to get a degree out but I would not feel very proud of it.
The University College of Northern Denmark provides me with the opportunity to study in the very friendly and open-minded environment. I have learnt, that every idea can become reality. Teachers give you more positive feedback and make you more engaged in the learning process. What is more, the school fully supports you in every aspect of your studies, including your leisure time activities. From the school facilities and equipment (you can find here literally everything you need, and if not, the school staff will make sure that you will have what you need) to the possibility to organize various events, meetings …View more
I’m studying Natural and Cultural Heritage Management at UCN Hjørring and it is really great! The environment and atmosphere at the school is nice and cosy. The teachers are very friendly and open to discussions. During classes, there is a lot of group work which is really great as it helps to understand the theory and exchange thoughts and ideas. I love that there is place to creativity. There is a Project Week four times a year, where we get to make a project with some local businesses. I love it because it is an opportunity to put the theory into practice, and make something for real in the real world and help those businesses. The campus has a nice canteen and you can use the virtual-reality room, swimming-pool, 3D-printer and work-out room for free. I love that it is situated in Hjørring; I bicycle a lot and there are a lot of places to explore. Overall I’m having a really great time here in the top of Denmark thanks to all the friendly and inspiring people being here, I learn a whole lot of interesting things that I can take with me to think more about and I have personally grown so much!View more
UCN is a great place to educate yourself. There is a lot of different things to do, study groups where you can get some help with your studies, Friday bar where you can meet friends, and have a beer. Furthermore, It is possible to use the school facilities after hours, on till 10 O’clock in the evening. You should definitely apply there. The teachers are really good, and they can and will help you with a lot of things if you need it.View more
I’m studying Natural and Cultural heritage on my first year, in the Hjørring Campus, and so far it has been really nice- The campus itself has so many facilities such as a gym, gymhall, pool etc. and the staff is great at helping. Teachers are easy going and very flexible. All thoug i have experienced that a lot of the teachers are a bit dull in their own courses when they have to teach in english (mostly because of the language barrier.) It is a school that focuses on practical learning, which means you actually get som “hands on” action, which is a great way to learn. I can warmly recommend this school/campus.View more
The infrastructures at UCN Hjorring are really good. You can use the swimming pool, the sauna, the music rooms, even a “dark room” for photography or the piano in the middle of the hall, all of this for FREE !
However, sometimes, the communication between Hjorring and Aalborg is restricted.
There are more activities organised in Aalborg. However, there is more and more events organised at Hjorring, such as the “Cook you culture” evenings.
Hjorring is a quiet and nice little town, really close to the seaside (30 minutes by bike).View more
I am studying Natural & Cultural Heritage management here and the school has soo many activities going on throughout the week that i’m actually exited to go there. The classes are based mostly in practical form for the students.
Everybody is smiling and a good energy is present on the hallways
The facilities are inviting you to act on your own, think for yourself and explore who you want to be, providing you with all that’s necessary; all from appropriate space to technical supplies, a good advice or even just a roll of tape if needed.
It’s an ideal place to grow as your own person.