Read about University College of Northern Denmark's (UCN's) history as an organisation

Our history in brief

UCN and the other university colleges were formed as a result of the Danish Act on university colleges of higher education, which was adopted by the Danish parliament in 2007. Today the sector consists of seven university colleges and two schools of engineering.

Even though UCN has only existed since 1 January 2008, we have many years of experience with education, because UCN is a merger of several educational institutions.

The first year UCN comprised the former CVU Nordjylland (Hjørring teachers' college, Aalborg teachers' college, the college of social education, and Skipper Clement teachers' college) and Sundheds CVU Nordjylland (the Aalborg nursing and radiographer school, Vendsyssel nursing school, Denmark's college of midwifery in Aalborg, and the physiotherapist and ergotherapist college). Back then UCN offered eight professional bachelor's degree programmes as well as a number of courses and continuing and further education programmes within social education and health.

UCN was the first university college to merge with a business academy. The merger took place on 1 January 2009, when Nordjyllands Erhvervsakademi (NOEA) became part of the North Jutland university college. NOEA was founded six years earlier as a collaboration between Aalborg business school and Aalborg technical college (now Tech College Aalborg). UCN's range of study programmes increased to 23 business academy and professional bachelor's degree programmes within business, education, health and technology; a new course division was added; and the institution got an international focus with several hundred students from other countries.

Now UCN offers 27 business academy and professional bachelor's degree programmes as well as eight top-up programmes; the international department has grown to more than 1,400 students; and courses, continuing and further education have been consolidated into one department called UCN act2learn.