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6. May 2011 Welcome to the new Aarhus University and NOVA Annual Seminar 2011 JØRGEN B. JESPERSEN AARHUS UNIVERSITET.

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1 6. May 2011 Welcome to the new Aarhus University and NOVA Annual Seminar 2011 JØRGEN B. JESPERSEN AARHUS UNIVERSITET

2 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Eyjafjallajökull before it erupts Foto: Ívar Örn Benediktsson

3 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Biogas plant at Foulum

4 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 AU – locations and statistics 25% of public research in DK 8,500 publications per year 36,000 students 1,800 Ph.D.-students 75 bachelor educations 81 master programmes 2,500 courses 9,000 employees Budget 4,5 billion DKK Research Fund 3 billion DKK Top 100 University

5 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 The Academic development process The goal is the full realisation of the mergers in 2007 with a number of state research institutions (e.g. DIAS) High standard of excellence in traditional disciplines must be maintained and developed And at the same time we will seek out new possibilities and connections across disciplinary boarders and in close collaboration with the world around us

6 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 The changes Academic organisation: One unified AU Reducing internal borders From 9 to 4 faculties From 55 to 26 departments From many to fewer geographical locations Management: One unified executive management One unified senior management Staff will have greater influence on the university’s strategic initiatives Academic councils will be strengthened Structure of the boards of studies and directorships of studies will be reorganised in order to ensure student influence Cross-cutting centres and forums: Collaboration across borders from day one New interdisciplinary centres and Cross-cutting forums for researchers and management. Finances and administration: more coherent processes Focus on specialisation and service New organisation of work flows and responsibilities

7 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Making a strong AU even stronger Research Talent development Knowledge exchange Education More flexible inner education market Easier to exchange and develop degree programmes, courses and teaching resources across main academic areas, departments and centres Easier for students to combine their core subject with perspectives from other fields Ultimately the graduates will enter society with the ability to think and act across disciplines and boundaries

8 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011

9 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Faculty of Science and Technology The Aarhus Faculty of Science and Technology is an amalgamation of: i. National Environmental Research Institute, ii. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and iii. Faculty of Science. The faculty is headed by Dean Brian Bech Nielsen. The Faculty has employees Annual budget: 2,4 billion DKK

10 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Physics and Astronomy Animal Science Chemistry Food Science Bioscience Computer Science Agroecology Engineering Environmental Science Geoscience Mathematics Molecular Biology and Genetics 10

11 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Physics and Astronomy Animal Science Chemistry Food Science Bioscience Computer Science Agroecology Engineering Environmental Science Geoscience Mathematics Molecular Biology and Genetics 11

12 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Physics and Astronomy Animal Science Chemistry Food Science Bioscience Computer Science Agroecology Engineering Environmental Science Geoscience Mathematics Molecular Biology and Genetics 12

13 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Physics and Astronomy Animal Science Chemistry Food Science Bioscience Computer Science Agroecology Engineering Environmental Science Geoscience Mathematics Molecular Biology and Genetics 13

14 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 ARTS HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Centre for Food, Nutrition and Health Centre for Global Change and Development Centre for iSequencing Neurocampus Centre for Integrated Register-based Research Centre for Arctic Research others ?? New interdisciplinary centres

15 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 New national centres with special responsibilities in the area of knowledge exchange The National Centre for Environment and Energy The National Centre For Agriculture and Food

16 Jørgen B. JespersenMay RESEARCH CENTRE FOULUM FOULUM

17 Jørgen B. JespersenMay FLAKKEBJERG

18 Jørgen B. JespersenMay AARSLEV

19 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011

20 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in a Nordic Life Science Perspective There is an international consensus on the necessity of ESD at all educational levels and in NOVA’s strategy the visions are expressed. The semiar will focus on how we address the challenge of implementing ESD in our activities What does sustainability mean to the NOVA institutions, how do we deal with it, and how can education programmes within this subject contribute to development and perhaps increase recruitment of students in life sciences? The program will include speakers covering academic, industries’, and students’ views on ESD.

21 Jørgen B. JespersenMay2011 Thank you for your attention


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