There is an increasing demand for graduates who know how to work in the unique Arctic environment. Since 2001, DTU has educated engineers in Arctic Technology that specialize in exactly that. The education is a Bachelor of Engineering where the students take the first part of their education in the Greenlandic town Sisimiut.
On August 12, 2017 DTU inaugurated its new facilities in Sisimiut. The new facilities provide DTU with more room for education and research activities and pave the way for the preparations of two new educational programmes that are currently being planned: Fisheries Technology and Mineral Resource Management.
The rising demands for graduates specializing in Arctic engineering has made it possible for DTU to establish new education on master’s level that will complement the Bachelor in Engineering in Arctic Technology.
The first of the new initiatives is the Arctic Semester. It was offered in Sisimiut for the first time in 2016. The Arctic Semester is an opportunity for master’s students to experience the unique environment and the challenges of extreme engineering north of the Arctic Circle.
The other initiative is the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering that has been offered in conjunction between DTU, NTNU in Norway and Aalto University in Finland. The education is the first comprehensive master’s programme in cold climate engineering in Europe and gives the students a unique possibility to do field work and projects in Greenland or Svalbard.
Among the speakers at the inauguration was DTU’s president Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, the mayor of Qeqqata Kommunia Malik Berthelsen, Head of Department Lone Nukaaraq Møller from the Greenlandic Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Church, and UArctic’s President Lars Kullerud.