News from the senior management tram no. 12/2014

Boards of studies may delegate decision-making power to AU Administration

The study progress reform entails many challenges for students and employees. Aarhus University has chosen to divide the work into several phases in order to ensure a thorough process. Upon recommendation from the Education Committee, the senior management team has introduced the following in relation to the possibilities of delegating tasks and to the so-called 'mobility windows': 

a) Boards of studies get the opportunity to delegate

Aarhus University expects that the requirement for study progress and automatic registration for courses and exams will entail an increase in the number of students applying for exemption from, for example, exams, which will increase the boards of studies' workload. It has therefore been decided that the boards of studies will be given the opportunity to delegate decision-making power to AU Administration in routine cases where the boards have a fixed procedure. 

b) All study programmes should contain mobility windows

The study progress reform, and particularly the requirement for automatic registration for courses and exams worth 30 ECTS, may have a negative impact on students' choice of studies abroad and/or internships. The senior management team has therefore complied with the recommendation specifying that it should be ensured that there are mobility windows* in all academic regulations with subsequent credit transfer of 30 ECTS.

Expert group off to a good start

The expert group is well under way with the problem analysis. The group has planned various activities involving university employees with a view to getting input for the analysis. Moreover, the expert group emphasises that all employees at Aarhus University are welcome to contribute input. The expert group can be contacted at

The expert group's analysis will be completed on 1 June.

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Commissioning of Aurora

Aarhus University's new research vessel is scheduled for commissioning on 25 April when it will be officially christened Aurora by Minister for the Environment Kirsten Brosbøl.

Aurora is the first Danish marine research vessel constructed for a Danish university. The new vessel will contribute to turning the waters from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea into a leading field laboratory for studies of natural and man-made changes in marine ecosystems and their geology. This will offer completely new opportunities for field-based teaching in all aspects of marine science. It will support research and teaching partnerships with companies within marine development and technology.

In December 2009, Aarhus University granted DKK 30 million for the vessel. In addition, Aarhus University granted DKK 10 million in co-financing to cover construction and equipment for the vessel.

In 2009, in collaboration with all the other universities and relevant research institutions in Denmark, Aarhus University initially applied for funding for a new research vessel from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation's national pool for research infrastructure. The application was based on the fact that the Danish environmental and research vessels were antiquated, too small or too expensive for conducting research in the waters around Denmark.  

Research in Aarhus as European Capital of Culture

In nine research projects, researchers from Aarhus University will be investigating the extent to which being European Capital of Culture (ECoC) will benefit and impact Aarhus.

The steering committee for rethinkIMPACTS 2017 has granted a total of DKK 900,000 for the nine projects in seed money. The funding comes from the funds which Central Denmark Region, Aarhus Municipality and Aarhus University set up for that purpose in 2013.

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Denmark to attract and retain foreign talents

The government has launched its new action plan which is to turn Denmark into an attractive study destination for foreign talents.

One of the main objectives is to attract more talented foreign students and persuading them to stay here after completing their studies.

The action plan contains 24 specific initiatives and five measurement points:

  1. All parts of the study programmes and the study environment at the higher education programmes must have a significant international dimension. 
  2. Denmark must attract more talented tuition-paying students.
  3. The drop-out level among international students must be reduced to that of Danish students.
  4. More international students must remain in Denmark after completion of their studies.
  5. The international graduates who stay in Denmark must have the same employment rate as Danish graduates.

 Read the announcement regarding the action plan on the Ministry of Education's website


  • 22 April: Senior management team's monthly meeting at the Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 24-25 April: Ground-breaking ceremony at the new SDC building in Beijing
  • 24-26 April: Festival of Research
  • 25 April: Commissioning of the new research vessel Aurora
  • 28-29 April: Minister for Higher Education and Science's annual education summit
  • 30 April: University Board meeting
  • 7-8 May: Management seminar
  • 9 May: Regatta 2014


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