AAU CPH is ready to offer some brand new IT degree programmes from September 2020. The university has gotten The Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s approval to create a bachelor programme and a master programme in software engineering as well as a master programme in cyber security – the first of its kind in Denmark.
Severe shortage of IT professionals
The university’s expansion of the IT field is in response to the shortage of IT professionals which is projected to increase in the years to come. An analysis carried out by The Danish Business Authority and The Ministry of Higher Education and Science predicts that the demand for ICT specialists will exceed the supply by 19,000 on a national basis in 2030. Especially, the shortage of ICT specialists with a higher education is critical as the demand for ICT specialists with a higher education is expected to exceed the supply by 13,000.
Henrik Pedersen is Dean of The Technical Faculty of IT and Design (TECH), which the new degree programmes are part of. He is very pleased with the expansion of the IT field:
- Denmark is facing a major challenge with regard to the critical shortage of engineers and graduates with IT competencies. Therefore, it is good news that the ministry has listened to our offer of meeting the demand with the three new IT degree programmes in Copenhagen. We are looking forward to welcoming future students and offer them an education with knowledge from Denmark’s biggest IT university, says Henrik Pedersen.
AAU is ranked no. 1 in Denmark by both Leiden Ranking – science (mathematics and computer science) and US News and World Report rankings – education (computer science). And in electrical and electronic engineering, AAU is ranked no. 2 in the world according to US News and World Report.
The first engineering Master of Science programme in cyber security in Denmark
The new education in cyber security is the first of its kind in Denmark. And it is badly needed. All surveys show that the number of cyber security threats to Danish companies and public institutions is increasing sharply, and at the same time the consequences of cyber attacks are getting more serious. As a result, the demand for experts on the field is rising – a demand which will be met with the new degree programme in cyber security.
The bachelor programme in software engineering and the master programme in cyber security will be offered from September 2020, and the master programme in software engineering will be offered from September 2023.