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RUC – 50 years across disciplines

A lot has happened at Roskilde University since 1972. But interdisciplinarity and project work remain as the important foundations of the university.

At 50, everyone has the face they deserves, said George Orwell. Judging by the journey from Trekroner Station to campus, Roskilde University has never looked better than on its 50th birthday. The sound of shoes in the mud on the walk across the fields of Marbjerg Mark is a thing of the past. The walkway from the station to campus has long since been paved, and the new white laboratory building designed by Henning Larsen Architects brightens up the campus on a sunny day. More than 7,000 students attend the university.

Back in 1972 there were only 665 students in three buildings in a field, each with their own basic studies programme. The rest had to be made up as they went along. And they did.

Henriette Selck
Professor (MSO) Henriette Selck.
Hanne Leth Andersen
Rector Hanne Leth Andersen, 2022.
Students attending a lecture at RUC. Year unknown. Archive photo from Roskilde University Library.
Students on their way to RUC by bus. 1981. Archive photo from Roskilde University Library.
Lasse Horne
Professor of Literature and Director of the Hans Christian Andersen Institute at the University of Southern Denmark, Lasse Horne Kjældgaard.