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Copenhagen International School Nordhavn

Ever since we began laying plans for a new school in Nordhavn, we have dreamed of creating the best possible framework for teaching science, health, information technology and athletics. The generous grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation will help us to fulfil our dream.


Walter Plotkin, Director, Copenhagen International School

Internationalizing and promoting science and health

Copenhagen International School is an international school aimed at children of international employees working in Denmark and Danes returning from abroad. The School was founded in 1963, and its activities are currently based at campuses in Hellerup and the Østerbro district of Copenhagen.

The establishment of a new campus in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen will allow the School to merge all its activities under one roof and accommodate the increasing demand for places. The new School expects its capacity to increase from the current 900 students to about 1200 attending nursery school and grades 0–12. The education at the Nordhavn campus of Copenhagen International School will emphasize innovation within science and health based on the most modern facilities for athletics, nutrition and science and technology.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s aim in co-funding the establishment of the new School is to help make Denmark an attractive location for international employees, including supporting the internationalization of the research environment in Greater Copenhagen. The Foundation also wants to support an environment in which students can learn science and other subjects in innovative and advanced facilities. This will help stimulate and develop interest in science, which will strengthen research in Denmark in the long term.

The Foundation is awarding the grant to co-fund several aspects focusing on science and health, including furnishing innovative and advanced learning facilities.

The Copenhagen International School Property Fund will build the new campus and rent the facilities to Copenhagen International School. Construction will start in 2014, with completion scheduled for 2016. The Moller Foundation (A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal), Villum Fonden, Hempel Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Norden A/S and the D/S Orient Fond has also contributed to the establishment of the School.


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