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01 June 2012

University alliance will create IT innovators

Professors Klaus Marius Hansen and Klaus Bruhn Jensen from the Centre for Communication and Computing are two of the key researchers involved in the creation of a new graduate specialisation, Digital Services Innovation (DIS), focusing on IT innovation.

The new initiative is part of the CIEL programme – a new platform for collaboration between universities and industry. CIEL stands for Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and is a joint venture between the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School and the University of Copenhagen.

CIELFuture DIS students will acquire skills in innovation, entrepreneurship and IT. Particular attention will be paid to IT innovation within the fields of healthcare and finance. DIS will offer joint classes to students from the three universities who are enrolled in a master’s programme in computer science or in an interdisciplinary IT programme, e.g. the Communication and IT programme here at the University of Copenhagen.

Needless to say, IT is used extensively and is a vital component of practically all projects. That is why it is so important to train the IT entrepreneurs of tomorrow who will be able to not only spot new business opportunities but also analyze and design the critical digital services that bind it all together.
Klaus Marius Hansen is very excited, we expect to create a strong, new generation of graduates who – in addition to their core skills in the field of computer sciences – will also acquire multiple business skills. They will be able to identify new business opportunities, bring them into reality and contribute to innovation in the private as well as the public sector.

Partnerships wanted

DIS students will be working with real cases from Danish companies and organisations. Companies and organisations that are interested in providing cases and mentors are more than welcome to contact Klaus Marius Hansen already at this point.

The graduate level specialisation will be launched in the academic year 2013, but the partner universities are making preparations for courses already the upcoming autumn semester.

The development of the new graduate specialisation is financed by the EU and Growth Forum for the Capital Region of Denmark. 

CIEL, The Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, is a collaborative university alliance between the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and Copenhagen Business School. It was launched in the autumn of 2011, and its mission is to support entrepreneurial activities at the three partner universities in order to become a powerhouse of knowledge-based innovation and entrepreneurship.