University of Southern Denmark


SDU at a Glance

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) was established in 1998 through a merging of three institutions specialized in teaching and research at six campuses in the cities of Odense, Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg, Slagelse and Copenhagen. Every day more than 1,400 researchers and 20,000 students build on the University’s reputation as a centre of academic excellence and each year more than 1,500 international students choose to study at the SDU. The ultimate goal of the SDU is to be the university of choice for students, staff and collaborating partners, at both national and international levels through delivering high-quality courses in an innovative environment.


Faculty of Humanities

Tourism studies are taught at the Faculty of Humanities, which also covers a host of subjects from language, literature, history, philosophy, media studies and communication sciences. The wide range of courses offered - some traditional, some innovative and interdisciplinary - all aim to help students gain a better understanding of human thought, creative arts and communication. Students are encouraged to think, argue and evaluate such that they acquire the skills and training necessary in their future careers. The Faculty of Humanities is the largest at the University of Southern Denmark with more than 640 full and part time staff and more than 5,000 students enrolled. The Faculty has teaching, curriculum development and research activities in the campuses in Odense, Kolding, Sønderborg/Flensborg, Slagelse and Esbjerg.


Awards & Achievements

The Center for Tourism Innovation and Culture that forms a part of the SDU has contributed to several national and international research and consultancy projects in sustainable tourism and competence development for tourism practitioners and tourism educators. Staff members at the Center have published numerous research papers, articles and books in the field of tourism education, innovation and sustainable tourism development and have received national awards in areas of innovative e-learning and research dissemination. The Center has been highly involved with several international multi-disciplinary research and educational teams, including the B.E.S.T. Education Network (the 2005-2010 chair was Dr. Liburd from the Center), which is an international consortium dedicated to sustainable tourism development. SDU has been highly engaged in European educational cooperation by participating in multilateral projects such as the Erasmus Program, Thematic Networks, European Master Programs and dual degree programs for several years.



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