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List of universities in Greenland

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List of universities in Greenland

University of Greenland
Kalaallit Nunaata Universitetia
Established 1987
Rector Ole Marquardt
Academic staff 14
Admin. staff 21
Students 150
Location Nuuk, Greenland
Affiliations UArctic

The University of Greenland (Greenlandic: Ilisimatusarfik; Danish: Grønlands Universitet) is Greenland's only university. It is located in the capital city of Nuuk. Most courses are taught in Danish and a few in Greenlandic.

The university had an enrollment of approximately 150 students in 2007, almost all local inhabitants. It has around fourteen academic staff and five technical-administrative employees.[1] The modest student population is due in part to the government's policy allowing students a free university education anywhere in Europe or North America, with most Greenlandic students going to school in Denmark.[2][3]


The University of Greenland was established in 1987 to provide local higher education for Greenland. It was originally located in the former Moravian mission station of Neu Herrnhut, and moved into a dedicated research complex, Ilimmarfik, in 2009. The university has a DKK 14.8 million budget.


The university has four departments:[4]

  • Department of Management and Economics
  • Department of Language, Literature and Media Studies
  • Department of Cultural and Social History
  • Department of Theology

The university awards Baccalaureate degrees in all departments and Master's Degrees in all areas except Theology. Ph.D.-programmes have been offered and at the moment five students are taking the degree.


Its library holds approximately 18,000 volumes.

Notes and references

External links


  • Arctic Technology Centre, a Department of DTU

Coordinates: 64°11′27″N 51°41′46″W / 64.19083°N 51.69611°W / 64.19083; -51.69611

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