New AI education boosts IT interest

Monday 16 Apr 18


Per B. Brockhoff
Professor, Head of department
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 33 65
This summer, DTU Compute launches a new Bachelor programme in Artificial Intelligence and Data. But not only has the interest in the new BSc programme been massive since it was announced, the introduction of the new programme has also strengthened the interest in DTU's existing BSc programmes in software, mathematics and technology.

By February 2018, DTU could announce the launch of a new BSc programme in Artificial Intelligence and Data to receive 30 students already this summer. Since then, the interest for the new programme has grown quickly.

Computer Science is a hit
At the Åbent Hus event at DTU 1 March, crowds of potential DTU students attended the fair. However, they were not only interested in AI. At the Åbent Hus department tours of the three DTU Compute anchored BSc programmes, there were an average of almost 80 participants pr. BSc programme and a total of 237 potential students visiting the facilities and learning more about Software Technology, Mathematics and Technology, and Artificial Intelligence and Data.

This massive interest for Computer Science and IT was confirmed by the kvote 2 deadline 15 March, where DTU's Danish IT programmes all experienced a huge progress and were the overall most popular educational field at DTU. Software Technology, with an increase of 6% in applications, got a solid 2nd place among the total applications to DTU BSc programmes. Artificial Intelligence and Data followed closely on a 3rd place, and Mathematics and Technology came in on a 6th place with an impressive increase of 21% in applications.

Important competences for the future
Head of department Per B. Brockhoff is impressed by the interest:
”It’s fantastic to see how the interest for IT is in progress among the young people seeking education. When a new programme at DTU is capable of generating so much interest, while the existing programmes in the same field are still experiencing progress, it's a clear signal that not only IT but also the link between IT and the engineering profession is just as popular with the students as it is on the labor market. And it’s important that the young want to study IT and mathematics. Exactly the competences that they will learn here are central if the IT development should create the largest possible value for people in the digitalized society of the future,” he says.