The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a grant of DKK 15 million to Copenhagen International School for providing scholarships to the children of international researchers who come to work at Danish public research institutions. The purpose of the 5-year grant is to minimize the obstacles for recruiting researchers to work in Denmark.
The research environment in Denmark benefits from having a critical mass of specialized international scientists. Their children’s education is an important parameter in persuading highly educated people to move to Denmark. The Foundation grant will improve the opportunities for the children of international researchers to secure a place at an internationally recognized International Baccalaureate® World School in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen.
Thomas Martin Nielsen, Director of Communications & Advancement of Copenhagen International School, says: “Our teaching is based on global reality. The whole programme is based on providing students with international competencies, and this offers perspectives when children from different cultures sit side by side in classrooms. The International Baccalaureate® programme means that parents who move often through their work can ensure that their children get a uniform education, regardless of whether they live in the United States, India or Denmark.”
Copenhagen International School will distribute the scholarships. The internationally recruited researchers must be employed at a public research institution in Denmark and be carrying out research within the natural or health sciences, technological sciences or art history for their children to be eligible for a scholarship. This applies to researchers moving to Denmark in the future and those who moved to the country within the past 3 years. Applicants must also fulfil the normal requirements for admission.
Dagnia Looms, Head of Strategic Awards, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says: “With this grant, the Foundation is striving to support the internationalisation of Denmark’s public research environments. The Foundation also wants to contribute to helping children to get an international education at a high level focusing on the natural sciences.”
Copenhagen International School has just moved into a new campus in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen and has therefore increased its capacity from 900 to 1200 students. In 2013, the Foundation awarded a grant of DKK 100 million to co-fund the construction of the new school. The Foundation’s grant co-funded several aspects focusing on science and health, including constructing innovative and advanced learning facilities.
ABOUT COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Copenhagen International School is Denmark’s largest and oldest international school, with 940 students from 82 countries, including Denmark. The school educates children from preschool to an international high school and is a pioneer in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen with a sustainable profile and 12,000 solar panels in the façade.
Thomas Martin Nielsen, Director of Communications & Advancement, Copenhagen International School, [email protected], +45 2724 4899
Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, [email protected], +45 3067 4805