The story of AAU CPH

The story of AAU CPH

AAU CPH conducts Aalborg University’s research and teaching activities in the Copenhagen area. We bear the mark of being an energetic, relatively new addition to AAU, offering an innovative study and learning environment and an international focus. Moreover, we engage in close cooperation with companies, many of which are located on campus. Here, we create sustainable solutions to the challenges of the future.


·       5 faculties

·       13 departments

·       8 bachelor programmes

·       22 master programmes

·       530 members of staff

·       2,750 students

·       Companies located on campus


In 1992, when Aalborg University paired up with the Metropolitan University College and offered the study programme in Social work in Copenhagen, we saw the tentative beginnings of what we now know as AAU CPH. In 2002 AAU also began offering the study programme Medialogy in Copenhagen. In 2005, AAU embarked on a collaboration with the Copenhagen University College of Engineering and some of our activities were relocated to Ballerup.

During the period between 2005 and 2012, AAU gradually expanded its activities in Ballerup. This period saw an expansion of the cooperation with the University College of Engineering, more study programmes were offered and research activities were increased.


By 2012, the number of staff members and students at AAU CPH had increased considerably, and the facilities in Ballerup began to feel slightly cramped. Moreover, the upcoming merger between the University College of Engineering and the Technical University of Denmark in 2013 marked the end of AAU's cooperation with the University College of Engineering. Thus, when the opportunity to take over Nokia’s buildings in Sydhavnen in Copenhagen presented itself, it made perfect sense to move on.


In the summer of 2012, AAU CPH took over Nokia’s former buildings on A.C. Meyers Vænge and Frederikskaj - and the establishment of a campus in Sydhavnen in Copenhagen became a reality. All activities in the Copenhagen area were now gathered under the same roof, including the Danish Building Reasearch Institute, who relocated from its premises in Hørsholm.

And there was still room to spare. This was offered to private companies. Today Nokia’s former commercial buildings have been transformed into a world class university campus with an attractive student community, laboratories, group rooms, etc.

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