Denmark Center of Excellence


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University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, Denmark

Center Director: Dr. Christine Benn
Member Researchers: Peter Aaby, Ane Fisker, Frederik Schaltz-Buchholzer Amabelia Rodrigues, Cesario Martins

“The University of Southern Denmark’s Global Health Center is committed to a world where human beings grow up and live with the experience that they are entitled to good health, involving more than just developing new, affordable medicines, equal access to information and health services; in addition, requiring that everybody lives and works in an environment that provides people with the tools to make choices, to ensure a good state of health, and to avoid diseases and accidents."

Pramilla Senanayke
President of the Foundation Council, Global Forum for Health Research

The University of Southern Denmark welcomed the first students onto the campus in Odense in September 1966. Now it has five faculties with more than 27,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from abroad, and more than 3,800 employees distributed across our main campus in Odense and regional campuses in Slagelse, Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg. Several international studies document that we conduct world-class research, and are one of the top fifty young universities in the world. With around 115 different study programs in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering, graduates of the University of Southern Denmark are now members of virtually every profession in the international community.

In 2019, SDU declared its wish to work with all of the UN's 17 SDGs. This means reaching out to companies, public institutions and NGOs in the work with the SDG, promoting SDGs as a theme for interdisciplinary research work, and working towards a sustainable development in the operation of the university, to make SDU greener, healthier and more diverse.