Photo: Sabina Askholm Larsen, DTU Civil Engineering

DTU expands Arctic educational activities

Tuesday 15 Aug 17
by Sabina Askholm


Niels-Jørgen Aagaard
Head of Department
DTU Civil Engineering
+45 45 25 18 77

About Sisimiut

Situated just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is Greenland’s second-largest town with around 5,600 inhabitants.

Sisimiut is the main town in Qeqqata Kommunia, one of Greenland’s four municipalities.

Artic Technology Centre (ARTEK) moves to new and larger premises in Sisimiut. The relocation makes it possible to offer even better study programmes for the benefit of Greenland, the Danish Realm, and the Arctic in general.

The official inauguration was marked on 12 August, where DTU’s President, Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, in his opening speech, among other things, said:

“DTU is very proud of ARTEK and of our relations with Greenland and the Arctic region as a whole. The excellent cooperation with Tech College Greenland (KTI), the Greenland Self-Government, and Qeqqata Kommunia (Qeqqata Municipality) offers a huge potential for the development of technology and the conduct of research for the benefit of both the Arctic, Greenland, and Sisimiut.”

Arctic Semester

There is a growing demand for graduates who can work under the special conditions that exist in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic region. In recent years, DTU has therefore established MSc Eng programmes as a supplement to the BEng programme in Arctic Technology which has been offered since 2001.

In 2016, the Arctic Semester was held for the first time in Sisimiut. The semester is an opportunity for MSc students to go to Greenland and get an insight into and experience with the special conditions that apply when working as an engineer in the Arctic. The Arctic Semester can be taken as part of the Extreme Engineering study line on the MSc programme in Civil Engineering.

The Arctic Semester is also mandatory for a part of the students on the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering, which DTU has offered since 2016 in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Aalto University in Finland.

Local rooting and attractive candidates

The fact that the programme is rooted in Sisimiut—and thus in Greenland—is key to ensuring that DTU can educate engineers who already have knowledge of and experience with working in the Arctic during their studies.

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