Vision and Strategy

Vision: DTU’s campuses contribute to DTU’s value creation by being sustainable, integrating, and at an elite level.

A sustainable campus

A sustainable campus is resource-conscious, healthy, and good for people and the environment. It ensures long-term autonomy for DTU, with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind.

An integrating campus

An integrating campus connects disciplines, people, the University, and the surrounding society - locally, nationally, and internationally.

An elite level campus

An elite level campus attracts and inspires the brightest minds and creates the best results for society by developing unique research and teaching facilities.

The reason why we are building so much

More and more people want to study and carry out research at DTU, and society is increasingly seeking engineers who can find solutions to the challenges facing the world. In 2019, more than 11,200 students and 6,000 employees are studying and working at the University. Every year, DTU welcomes almost 400 more students and researchers than it had the previous year, and this growth is expected to continue. This means that in 2050, DTU needs to be able to accommodate almost twice as many people on its campuses.

In the past 10 years, DTU has invested more than DKK 5 billion in new research facilities and learning and study environments to promote innovation, mainly at its largest campus in Lyngby on the northern outskirts of Copenhagen. A new phase in the development of the physical facilities is now underway to ensure that DTU remains an attractive choice for students, researchers, and employees from all over the world and well into the future.


There are two crucial factors which are significant for the development of the physical facilities at Lyngby Campus:

  1. DTU Lyngby Campus has grown in size following the purchase of land to the north and east, and the University wishes to integrate and develop these plots as part of its future growth.
  2. The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail will reach DTU Lyngby Campus in 2025, which will enable the campus to be developed near the stations. The Light Rail system will connect the campus to the main railway network at Lyngby and southwards to Ishøj, and will thus significantly improve transport connections to the outside world. 

At the end of 2019, a strategic campus plan will be published for DTU’s campus in Ballerup, after which a campus plan will be prepared for Risø Campus together with the Danish Building and Property Agency.