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About the academies

The business academies (former academies of professional higher education) offer higher education and further education related to regional areas of the country.

The eight business academies are independent institutions regulated by the Act on Academies of professional higher education.

The eight business academies  in Denmark are:

The organisation of business academies is based on a vertical management structure with a board. The board has the general and strategic responsibility for the quality and development of programmes at the institution. The management of the institution also includes the responsibility for educational activities, efficiency and economy. 

The business academies offer academy profession programmes and certain first-cycle higher educational programmes (i.e. professional bachelor programmes), further adult education and diploma programmes.

Aim and task of the institutions

The main aim of the business academies is to offer and develop higher education in the region where the business academy is located with a strong relation to practice, especially in the area of technical and mercantile educations. They are to ensure a broad geographic coverage of educational programmes throughout the country and thereby helping to fulfil the political objective that at least 50 per cent of 30 year old people in Denmark have achieved an higher education.

The business academies offer academy profession programmes, certain professional bachelor programmes (first-cycle higher educational programmes) in the area of technical and mercantile education and further adult education and diploma programmes. Professional bachelor programmes are offered  through a full professional bachelor programme (180-240 ECTS) or through a top-up professional bachelor programme (90 ECTS) following a relevant academy profession degree.

Business academies function as regional knowledge institutions in close dialogue with regional stakeholders. These stakeholders could be companies or regional growth forums. Other collaborations could include institutions such as university colleges and universities.

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last modified March 30, 2022