SCIENCE to release 2014-2018 action plan for activities related to developing countries – University of Copenhagen

12 August 2014

SCIENCE to release 2014-2018 action plan for activities related to developing countries

SCIENCE’s Working Group for Development Cooperation, ”SCIENCE Development”, will present a  2014-1018 strategic action plan at the faculty management team meeting on 26/8.

SCIENCE is one of Denmark’s largest and strongest global development environments in relation to research and education. Currently, development activities are engaged in by 10 of SCIENCE’s 12 departments. This includes the interdisciplinary competence “from farm to fork” (“fra jord til bord”) much sought after in the field of development cooperation.

Strategic action plan for development 2014-2018

SCIENCE’s Working Group for Development Cooperation, “SCIENCE Development”, consists of department representatives from 10 of SCIENCE’s 12 departments and the Faculty of Science’s representative from the UCPH Working Group for Development. SCIENCE Development meets four or more times annually to discuss strategic areas concerning global development at the faculty level. The working group has now completed its strategic action plan for 2014-2018. The action plan includes two main focal points:

  1. Increased visibility of SCIENCE’s development competencies – internally and externally.
  2. Increased external funding

The Working Group has planned an extensive range of activities to address each focal area. One of the activities planned for the fall of 2014 is a ”New Partnerships” event for SCIENCE researchers and Danish companies with an interest in global development. The Working Committee hopes to draw attention to SCIENCE’s development competencies, both internally and externally, as well as foster new opportunities to work with the private sector to find new funding streams for collaborative activities.

Danida is the primary source of research funding

The largest portion of development related research at SCIENCE is externally funded. Danida is the primary source of this type of funding and contributes roughly 120 million DKK annually to the SCIENCE research community. Additionally, development related research projects at the Faculty receive funds from the EU, Danish research councils, private foundations such as the Gates Foundation and companies, like Arla.

In all, more than 120 researchers at SCIENCE are involved with development related research, instruction and capacity building. 

Educational programmes attract many students

Four of SCIENCE’s MSc programmes are directly linked to development themes: 

  1. Nature Management
  2. Geography and Geoinformatics
  3. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Furthermore, SCIENCE offers three Erasmus Mundus programmes that directly address development:

  1. Sustainable Development in Agriculture (AGRIS MUNDUS)
  2. Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR)
  3. Animal Derived Foods

These programmes attract many students. At SCIENCE, roughly 250 fulltime students come from developing nations or are involved with development related themes.

PhD programmes

SCIENCE has two PhD programmes - Erasmus Mundus World Class Joint Doctoral Programmes - that directly address development: 

  1. Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTrain)
  2. Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO)  

It is estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of SCIENCE’s PhD students are from developing nations or are involved with development related themes. 

Discover more having to do with global development at SCIENCE:

  1. http://development.science.ku.dk
  2. http://development.ku.dk  

Read more about the following development related MSc programmes:

  1. Nature Management
  2. Geography and Geoinformatics
  3. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  4. Sustainable Development in Agriculture (AGRIS MUNDUS)
  5. Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR)
  6. Animal Derived Foods  

Read more about the following development related PhD programmes:

  1. Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTrain)
  2. Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO)

Kindest regards,

Erik Bisgaard Madsen, Associate Dean for Private and Public Sector Services

Chairman for SCIENCE Development