Read the Rector's executive summary of the university's research assesment (in English).
From 2016-2018, the University of Copenhagen conducted an extensive assesment of its research areas at departmental level.
The assesment is a tool that provides the university's management and employees with an overview of the quality of research at the University of Copenhagen and its development potential.
At the same time, the assesment is an account of what society gets for its investment in research at the University of Copenhagen.
The overall assesment found that research at the University of Copenhagen holds a very high to excellent level.
An extremely high academic level among the university's researchers, great success with attracting external research funding and high-quality research facilities is highlighted as factors that have raised the university's research quality.
The overall assesment identifies three strengths and three weaknesses for the university.
- UCPH-research production has considerable international influence
- The research leaves a clear societal imprint
- The University of Copenhagen works closely with both the public sector, companies and other international universities.
- The university should focus further on ensuring gender balance, clear career paths and diversity in the recruitment of researchers.
- There should be a clearer research strategies and focus further on communicating its research strengths
- The level of interdisciplinarity at the university should be elevated further.
Each department was assessed by external panels appointed by the dean. The panels were given access to the following information for their task to evaluating the quality of research at the individual department.
- The Department’s strategy and goals
- Faculty's latest strategy and University 2016 strategy
- Concise CV’s (without publication lists) for permanent researchers
- A representative selection of publications as an example of the department's research
- A Bibliometric analysis conducted by the university's library
- Various figures and facts about the department
The panels assessed the various information, visited the departments and interviewed management and researchers. The panels submitted a report to the head of department. After the evaluations, each Dean submitted a summary of the departmental reports to the Rector. The six summaries form the basis for the executive summary, which can be found on this page.