Strategic Partnerships – University of Copenhagen

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Strategic partnerships

The University of Copenhagen wants to establish long-term strategic partnerships with select national and international partners. We form strategic partnerships with commercial companies, public-sector bodies and other organisations, usually for five years and with an option for and expectation of renewal.

The agreements are made to ensure, that the partners meet regularly at a top strategic management level to identify new opportunities for working together and take stock of the existing partnership.

How are agreements reached?

Depending on the potential and scope, strategic partnerships may be with the whole University, one or more faculties, or a major department. Whatever the type, the purpose of the agreement is to develop close collaboration on research, education and/or innovation.

A strategic partnership agreement usually consists of an overall framework, referencing the many potential areas of collaboration, and a corresponding project directory. The latter provides an overview of ongoing projects and ideas for future collaboration as well as any special agreements concerning access to the University’s facilities and activities. It is continuously updated. Agreements that require the parties to reconcile their mutual expectations, e.g. about apportioning IPR and funding, are entered into at project level.

What do strategic partnerships cover?

 Examples include partners working together on:

A prioritiy area

Strategic partnerships are a top priority in the University of Copenhagen’s strategies for collaboration with the private and public sectors and other organisations. Read the University of Copenhagen's Strategy for collaboration with private enterprises and its Strategy for collaboration with public-sector bodies and organisations.

The University of Copenhagen conducts top-class international research and our vision is to put the outcomes to use for the benefit of society. Read a brief account of the University's research strengths.

Strong alliances

The University of Copenhagen has strategic partnerships with the Capital Region of Denmark, VELUX, DONG Energy, MAERSK, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, GlaxoSmithKline, etc.