Value for society

Through its research and programmes, the University of Copenhagen is of great importance to Denmark's development and economy.

290 new start-ups are launched out of the University of Copenhagen each year

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) produces hundreds of entrepreneurs. In 16 years during 2001-16  the University's researchers, students and graduates have set up 4,637 businesses. This is equivalent to an annual 290 new start-ups launched out of the University of Copenhagen.

Students and new graduates make up the majority of the UCPH-based entrepreneurs. 58 percent of the students and graduates who start their own business come from the humanities or social sciences.

On the other hand, the University’s natural and health science researchers more often embark on a career as entrepreneurs. 39 percent of the researchers who have started their own business come from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and 24 percent from the Faculty of Science.

Source: The report Entrepreneurship at the University of Copenhagen (in Danish). Prepared by IRIS Group for the University of Copenhagen in 2019. 

Each year, the University of Copenhagen contributes DKK 28 billion to the Danish economy

According to an analysis drawn up for the university alliance League of European Research Universities (LERU) – of which the University of Copenhagen is a member – the University of Copenhagen contributed DKK 28 billion to the Danish economy in 2016, and created close to 75,000 jobs in Denmark. On a European level, the University of Copenhagen created value for DKK 34 billion, which again generated 93,000 jobs.

Source: LERU Economic Impact Analysis 2016

For every Danish krone invested in the University of Copenhagen, society receives DKK 5 back

The members of the university alliance League of European Research Universities (LERU) – including the University of Copenhagen – recorded revenues of DKK 155 billion in 2016 and delivered a total economic contribution of DKK 746 billion. In other words, the LERU universities generated DKK 5 in economic value in their respective countries for every Danish krone invested in them.

Source: LERU Economic Impact Analysis 2016