The most important task of Roskilde University is to contribute to experimental, innovative forms of learning and knowledge creation.
The university is research-driven and provides education for future generations of managers, teachers and experts based on advanced knowledge.
RU is characterised by:
- merging knowledge through interdisciplinary research and teaching
- pushing boundaries for knowledge through a problem-oriented approach
- focusing research and education on fields where the university has international or national status
- bringing university and society together.
The basic educational principles at the university are problem-oriented project work, participant direction and joint responsibility. From enrolment to graduation, students are trained to assess the importance of academic problems and the relevance of selected theories and methods on a scientific basis. Project work is participant-directed and builds on the importance of student commitment and own and joint responsibility.
The phased choice of specialisation is based on the students’ experience with the problem areas of the individual subjects and the scientific approaches. Students gain their first experience at the basic studies, which point them in the direction of advanced-level courses, where many different specialised course studies may be combined within and across disciplines and main subject areas, both during the bachelor studies and the master’s studies.
At RU, students are responsible for and control their education themselves. Based on their own critical sense and active participation, students are guided through their study programmes at RU which offers an international, interdisciplinary and educationally challenging environment providing the perfect framework for their studies.
RU’s Seal: The Coral
RU’s seal shows a coral with the following text in Latin:
In tranquillo mors - in fluctu vita.
In stillness death, in movement life.
In this quote, reference is made to the following characteristics of life and death of the coral: Corals can only live in very pure and salty water in constant movement. Therefore, corals on the lee-side of reefs die, whereas corals on the windward side where waves and currents are strongest grow and develop into large, beautiful colonies. It is, however, the older parts of the reef that provide the strength and power to resist the beating of the waves throughout centuries.
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