University College South Denmark (UC SYD)

The university was established in 2011 and is a modern higher education institution (HEI) covering Southern Jutland with campuses in Esbjerg, Kolding, Haderslev and Aabenraa.

UC SYD offers a broad range of higher education programmes and courses at all levels, with emphasis on first-cycle Bachelor degrees in the field of Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Communication Sciences. A total of 13 different Bachelor degree programmes are available.

As a regional centre for knowledge and innovation in the professions, UC SYD also offers a broad Continuing Professional Education programme and has a large department of Applied Research and Development, where research is conducted in close collaboration with practice.

UC SYD has 700 staff members, app. 6,000 students enrolled in the Bachelor degree programmes and 5,000 students in further education programmes.

UC SYD has peak competences in areas such as Distance Education, minority Education, E-learning, Evaluation, Health Promotion, Organization and Leadership, Special Needs Education and Social Work. Staff members at the institution are involved in international projects as leaders, evaluators and disseminators. The aim is to establish a strong international learning environment and Erasmus bilateral agreements have been signed with about 100 European partners. Cooperation agreements with, among others, universities in Australia, China, Japan, Canada and Russia, have also been made.

Approximately 400 students are enrolled in the Nursing programme at UC SYD, Campus Esbjerg. All Lecturers have vast experience as clinical nurses and a sound theoretical background. Many are involved in various research and development projects. UC SYD has extensive experience of curriculum development and implementation of best practice teaching methods for nursing students. Problem Based Learning and supervision of students in the skills lab are widely used as active participatory student-centred learning approaches. (285 words)

Project team:

  • Lea Deichmann Nielsen, Associate professor, PhD, MSNc, RN
  • Birthe Thorø, International coordinator Nursing Department. RN, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) , MA (Ed.) Educational Psychology
  • Mette Margrethe Løwe Netsey-Afedo, Assistant professor, RN, Master of Science (MSc) in Nursing, PhD student
  • Mette Ruhlmann, Associate professor, RN, Master of Science in Public Health (MScPH)
  • Mai Andersen, Assistant professor, RN, ND (Nursing Diploma specializing in Education and Teaching), Master of Arts (MA) in Education