A Second Life for the University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark is the first Nordic university to open a department in the virtual world Second Life. – Since we are already established in several Danish cities, it was natural to open a virtual department as well, says ICT director Hans Kruse Christiansen.
Second Life is an Internet based virtual universe that gained popularity through massive media coverage in late 2006 and early 2007. This Internet universe allows for interaction between registered users in a world that was originally “empty”. The “population” gradually develops the content of the world. Several international companies and organisations have opened departments in Second Life, and a total of 3,5 Million inhabitants are registered users.

The University of Southern Denmark has bought an island and named it Bifrost after the rainbow in Old Norse mythology that connects the world of the Gods, Åsgard, with the human world, Midgard. “The newly opened virtual island will function as a platform for different initiatives, experiments and prototypes that the University wants to incorporate in its electronic or online activities”, Christansen says.