The University of Copenhagen (where I’m enrolled) has just been rated n°51 out of 200 in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings for 2009. University of CPH is the highest placed university in Scandinavia.
I was kind of disappointed, but not so surprised, to find out that no Italian university made it into the first 100. And the only Italian university that made it into the list is Bologna University (n°174 out of 200).
As far as I can see, the university experience here is very different compared to Italy. Studying here feels more challenging, and an essential part of your education is the debate/dialogue among professors, researchers and students. There is a pretty good international environment. You’re constantly encouraged to be an active part of the knowledge production – whether in Italy I felt like it’s mostly taking notes in class, study, repeat the concepts at the exam, get your nice vote, all the way to the end.
Moreover, university in DK is also completely free, it’s supported by the government and you get a monthly grant while you go to school – that means you use the money and do not have to return it….
I’m sure Italy can reach this level too, even though now it feels like SCI-FI. Hope the change will start soon…
In the meantime if you want to come to DK, university if free for all the EU citizens, and many programs are in English.