The Faculty engages in strategic cooperation on many levels, both in Denmark and internationally. This cooperation is vital for the continuous development of high quality teaching and research and the international profile of the faculty. It also provides our students with valuable international experience.
Local and regional collaboration (industrial and institutional) and international collaboration are supported externally through networks, societies and associations, and within the organisation through units including the faculty’s International Relations Office, the university's International Education and Grants office, and Research and Innovation unit.
The University of Copenhagen and the Faculty of Health and Medical Science are members of several different alliances and networks on university- , faculty- and programme level.
The University of Copenhagen is a member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) The aim of IARU, an alliance of ten of the top research-intensive universities in the world, is to enhance cooperation on international inter-disciplinary research and student mobility. Within IARU, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences leads an initiative on Aging, Longevity and Health. As part of the initiative, the Faculty hosts an IARU summer course on Interdisciplinary Aspects of Aging.
The University of Copenhagen is also a core partner in two Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) related to the areas of Health and Climate. A KIC is, in essence, innovation in action, and is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in a public-private innovation partnership, that boost innovation and entrepreneurship, facilitate and empower people with an aim of creating new jobs and spurring economic growth.
Through the Asian Dynamics Initiative, the University of Copenhagen coordinates research and education activities in Asia across all faculties, including the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and provides a platform for new interdisciplinary activities concerning the region. Of particular focus are China and India. As an example, researchers at the Faculty contribute to two MSc programmes in China for Danish and Chinese students as part of the education activities of the Sino-Danish Center: Omics and Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
The Faculty is also an active participant in a number of international education networks within Nordplus, which receive support from the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Within medicine, we are a member of Medicin i Norden. We also have a Nordplus network within veterinary medicine.
In Denmark and neighbouring Sweden, the Faculty collaborates closely with hospitals, companies and regional and local authorities to enhance research and teaching and provide valuable clinical experience for students.
A group of hospitals in Copenhagen and the rest of Zealand, including Rigshospitalet, constitute University of Copenhagen Hospital (website in Danish), which provides clinical support for research and student training. Our medical students also have access to clinical training at hospitals in southern Sweden.
As a provider of skilled graduates for the private sector, the Faculty works closely with the pharmaceutical industry in both Denmark and abroad. We also work in association with Medicon Valley, a dynamic cluster of leading universities and biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the Oresund region.
Biopeople is Denmark's Innovation Network for Health and Life Sciences, which comprises universities, research organisations, hospitals, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, industry associations and pharma, medtech, medical device, food and biotech companies. The aim of Biopeople is to stimulate innovation through activities that bring researchers and stakeholders together across disciplines, sectors and public-private boundaries. Biopeople is part of the Danish infrastructure for innovation established and co-funded by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. Biopeople is also a Centre at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
In addition to international partnerships, the Faculty has fruitful collaboration, covering joint programmes, research projects, core facilities and strategic initiatives, with other faculties at the University of Copenhagen and with other universities in region, such as the Technical University of Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.