Aarhus University, a top 100 university with app. 40.000 students, has through many years developed a close partnership with the City of Aarhus with the focus points: digital transition, rethinking of public services, urban experimentation and citizen empowerment through civic participation. Aarhus University and the City of Aarhus work together in the field of engineering, urban studies, digital living, interaction design and mutual support initiatives within education, innovation and research on a national and international scale. Recognising that cities are increasingly drivers of innovation in the digital transition, with the strong and mature partnership with Aarhus University, the City of Aarhus is home to one of the world’s leading innovation ecosystems based on quadruple helix collaboration.

Aarhus University and the City of Aarhus work together in many fields, including urban innovation and digital living, health and active aging, engineering and computer science, and lifelong learning and capacity-building initiatives within education, innovation and citizen research on a national and international scale.

Aarhus University is recognised for its contribution to the European and global smart cities domain, combining technical and societal perspectives. Alongside important collaboration with the department of Computer Science and Engineering, the partnership Smart Aarhus builds on long lasting relationships between the City of Aarhus and the international renown interdisciplinary Smart Cities research centre at Aarhus University. The centre coordinates the Horizon 2020 IoT LSP project SynchroniCity (€15m) as well as the project OrganiCity: Co-creating Smart Cities of the Future (€7.2m/42 months/FIRE+/ICT-11). The centre has together with the municipality rolled out Eduroam in the city and connects the open data priorities of Aarhus municipality with those priorities and platforms of other cities in the global network Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative that Aarhus University chairs. The Smart Cities research centre is together with the City of Aarhus a founding member of the European network Creative Ring, interconnecting European ecosystems around urban creativity and digital innovation.