The Board of the University is the highest authority at the University of Copenhagen. The Board manage the general interests of the University as an education and research institution.
The Central Administration conducts the day-to-day administration and special initiatives. Faculties and departments have their own individual administrations, although the general economy is overseen by the Central Administration.
The University of Copenhagen is a self-governing unit under the state. The University reports to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, with which the Board of the University has entered into a Development Contract. This contract formulates the University's objectives and intended progress for a fixed period of time.