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08. oktober 2015

The CITI grant expires at the end of 2015

CITI was established in 2007 by the UCPH Board's Strategic Pool as an initiative to boost recruitment for both computer science and other it educations at KU.

A little history:

CITI, short for Centre for IT Innovation, was established in 2007 by the UCPH Board's Strategic Pool as an initiative to boost recruitment for both computer science and other it educations at KU. The aim was “to build world-class, cross-disciplinary IT capabilities to fuel innovation based on IT in all academic areas of the university and to initiate and help the creation of new interdisciplinary IT research and education at the University of Copenhagen”.

Finn Kensing was appointed professor and CEO of this small entity of originally two persons situated close to DIKU’s HCC Group at Southern Campus. The centre, however, later grew to four persons involved in research fund-raising, designing new interdisciplinary bachelor and master programs as well as strategic cooperation on research, innovation and development projects.

After its initial five-year period of existence, CITI’s grant was renewed for a three years’ term in 2012, however reorganized as a section at DIKU and referring to KUUR as the new steering committee.  

CITI comprises the following profiles:      

Henrik Hochreuter, special consultant, cand.polit.

Lea von Sperling, project consultant, cand.mag

Finn Kensing, CEO, professor, dr. scient

Malene Bolding Andreasen, special consultant cand.scient. 

CITI has helped initiate and support new and existing educational programs

CITI has played an important role in the development of new interdisciplinary IT bachelor and MSc programs:

5 bachelor programs(Computer Science, Naturvidenskab og it (or SCIENCE modeling – closed down in October 2014), Communication and IT, IT and Health as well as Information Science and Cultural dissemination)

6 MSc programs (Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Communication and IT, IT and Health, IT and Cognition as well as Information Science and Cultural dissemination).

The number of students taking an IT bachelor education at University of Copenhagen has increased significantly since 2007, when UCPH only accounted for 6.8% of all new bachelor students within IT or CS. Today UCPH has a market share of 16.1 %<>

Fig. 1 Enrolment (Optag) in UPCH’s IT bachelor educations and market share (MA).

CITI has, moreover, been the driving force behind the development of IT Certificates (7.5 ECTS) for 19 different bachelor programs. An IT-certificate documents that the student has obtained IT skills that are relevant to his/her study.

Recently, three new initiatives have been launched by CITI

Pilot project on IT Innovation and entrepreneurship (30 ECTS)

CITI has helped develop an IT innovation and entrepreneurship specialization for MSc students at Anthropology, Computer Science, IT and Health as well as English, German and Roman as a pilot project. Preliminary results are promising and Political Science as well as Communication and IT have shown an interest in being included. 

New bioinformatics specializations  

CITI helps Bioinformatics reformulating its curriculum by establishing two new specializations, one with a computer science profile, the other with a biological profile. Goal: effective from 2016

Reaching out to other universities – a shared Master in IT

CITI facilitates an initiative to establish a shared one year master program in IT East of Storebælt. The other partners are ITU, DTU, RUC and CBS. The existing Master in Software Engineering offered by ITU forms the basic model. Goal: effective from 2016. 

CITI has helped initiate and support production of research applications

CITI has contributed to production of more than 50 interdisciplinary IT-research applications including three EU-applications. 11 research applications (success rate 20%) have received a grant. In total they have received external funding of around DKK 125 mio.

Fig. 2. New interdisciplinary IT research projects and centres (M DKK obtained)

CITI has e.g. supported:

CIDEA, which in 2009 received 11 million DKK from the Danish Council for Strategic Research, and with the Department of Political Science as lead applicant (Faculty of Social Science)

PigIT, which in 2011 received 20 million DKK from the Danish Council for Strategic Research, and with Department of Large Animal Sciences as lead applicant (Faculty of Health and Medical Science)

LOOP, which in 2012 received 15,9 million DKK from Danish Council for Strategic Research, and with Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) as lead applicant

SCAUT, which in 2014 received 14,9 million DKK from Innovation Fund Denmark, and with Department of Computer Science as a key partner (Faculty of Science)

In 2015, CITI has contributed to an application for a Big Data societal partnership with the Innovation Fund Denmark. The application is still in process.

CITI was evaluated during 2015

Notwithstanding the ongoing projects and initiatives handled by CITI, it has been decided by Rector’s Office not to continue the CITI grant, which expires at the end of 2015. The initiated activities will, however, be continued within the existing budgets of the involved institutions,departments and faculties.