Arctic Technology Centre - Technical University of Denmark

The Arctic Technology Centre, ARTEK, was founded in 2000 as a joint venture between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Tech College Greenland (KTI). ARTEK is partly located in Sisimiut, Greenland and partly in Lyngby, Denmark.

ARTEK is the only Danish institution to offer a programme in Arctic Engineering and courses in Arctic Technology on bachelor of engineering (B.Eng) and master level. Today there are more than 100 students enrolled at the B.Eng education while nearly 60 Arctic engineers have graduated.

The B.Eng in Arctic Technology spans over five different specializations:

  • Buildings – architectural engineering & load bearing constructions
  • Technical Building Services – indoor climate, building energy and plumbing
  • Environment – water, wastewater, solid waste and environmental assessment
  • Constructions – rock, permafrost and raw material extraction
  • Planning – infrastructure, local and regional development 

The Arctic Semester in Sisimiut is at master level and is open to international students. The Arctic Semester focuses on Building Design for the Arctic, Large Constructions and Arctic Environment & Energy Systems.

In near future a Nordic Master programme in Cold Climate Engineering will be offered within the framework of The Nordic Five Tech. In addition to this a master programme in Mineral Resource Management is under development in collaboration with Luleå Technical University.

ARTEK conducts research, innovation and research-based consultancy in arctic technology and contributes through this to the building and spreading of knowledge about arctic technology in Greenland and the arctic region as a whole. The main four fields of research cover planning, sustainability and infrastructure, Arctic environmental engineering, constructions and physical environment and building & energy in the Arctic. 

Facts and figures

Web http://www.arktiskcenter.gl
Year Established 2000
Total Number of Staff 12
Number of Academic Staff 11
Number of Students 110
Focus Areas

Constructions and physical environment

Arctic environmental engineering

Planning, sustainability and infrastructure

Building and energy in the Arctic