Danish university cutting courses of study and research to save money

Government austerity measures will cause Syddansk Universitet, the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), to close a number of programs and study lines and cut research over the next few years.

University rector Henrik Dam said that cutbacks will include master’s in European studies and maritime technology and a diploma program in interaction design.

SDU currently offers just 220 degree programs. That number will fall below 220 with the cuts.

“We will have slightly fewer degree programs than we currently offer,” Dam told TV2/Fyn.

Research suffering
Research conducted at the university will also be cut back.

“The country as a whole is doing less research,” Dam said.

“Research is at the heart of how we make a living going forward, so less research will result in less prosperity going forward.”

SDU’s programs are conducted at the university’s various campuses in Odense, Slagelse, Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg.