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Copenhagen International School Nordhavn

Internationalising and promoting science and health

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Grant amount
DKK 115 million
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Maj Leth-Espensen
Senior Project Manager, Education & Outreach, Novo Nordisk Foundation

Copenhagen International School is an international school in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen aimed at children of international employees working in Denmark and Danes returning from abroad.

The school, which opened a new campus in 2017, was founded in 1963. Its previous activities had been based at campuses in Hellerup and the Østerbro district of Copenhagen.

The establishment of the new campus in Nordhavn enabled the school to merge all its activities under one roof and accommodate the increasing demand for places. The school has a capacity of about 1200 students attending nursery school and grades 0–12. The education at the Nordhavn campus focuses on innovation within science and health, utilising modern facilities for athletics, nutrition, and science and technology.

The Foundation’s aim in co-funding the new campus was to help make Denmark an attractive location for international employees, including supporting the internationalisation of the research environment in Greater Copenhagen. The Foundation also seeks 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’s DKK 100 million grant was awarded to co-fund several aspects focusing on science and health, including furnishing innovative and advanced learning facilities.

The Foundation also awarded a grant of DKK 15 million to the school to provide scholarships to children of international researchers employed at public research institutions in Denmark. The purpose of this five-year grant was to minimize the obstacles for recruiting researchers to work in Denmark.

The Copenhagen International School Property Fund built the new campus and rents the facilities to the school. Construction started in 2014, with the new campus opening in 2017. A.P. Møller Foundation (A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal), Villum Foundation, Hempel Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, Norden A/S, and the D/S Orient Foundation also contributed funds.