Four new deans at Aarhus University

Press releases 2010

Aarhus University appoints four visionary leaders as deans at the four new main academic areas.



 

  • Aarhus Faculty of Arts (Kulturvidenskab): Mette Thunø leaves a position as vice-dean for research and head of graduate school at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen
  • Aarhus Faculty of Science and Technology (Naturvidenskab og Teknologi): Brian Bech Nielsen’s current position is professor and head of department at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University
  • Aarhus Faculty of Health Sciences (Sundhedsvidenskab): Allan Flyvbjerg comes from a position as professor at the Department of Endocrinology, Aarhus University Hospital
  • Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Erhverv og Samfundsvidenskab): Svend Hylleberg currently holds a position as professor and dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University


The new deans take up their appointments on 1 November 2010 and commence their new duties on 1 January 2011, when the current nine main academic areas at Aarhus University are consolidated in the four above-mentioned units.

In addition to heading a main academic area, each dean will be responsible for one of the university’s interdisciplinary focus areas, as well as being a member of the joint strategic management group with the Rector’s Office. Rector Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen is looking forward to working with the university’s new management.

“We’ve appointed four visionary deans with considerable academic expertise and strong management skills, representing an ideal combination of experience and renewal. By doing so, the university has taken a very important step towards strengthening its academic environments and educational competences. I look forward to working together in the new joint management structure, which will come into effect at the end of the year,” says Rector Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen.

 

Brief presentation of the new deans

Dean at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts (Kulturvidenskab)

Mette Thunø (47) is currently vice-dean for research and head of graduate school at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen. She carries out research into modern Chinese and has been responsible for projects such as the University of Copenhagen’s centre at Peking University.
Dr Thunø regards integrating the humanities areas at Aarhus University as a strong move towards being able to provide knowledge and solutions regarding the challenges of globalisation:
“We need the new main academic area to provide knowledge, solutions and food for thought regarding globalisation’s challenges. In this context, Aarhus University’s consolidation of the humanities (Humanities, Theology and the Danish School of Education) is a strong, proactive move. I particularly look forward to working with staff to help develop the university’s strengths and establish new degree programmes and focused research activities in this context.”

  • Tel: +45 3532 9116
  • Mobile: +45 2875 9116 or +45 4074 5630
  • CV (in Danish only)

Dean at the Aarhus Faculty of Science and Technology (Naturvidenskab og Teknologi)

Brian Bech Nielsen (53) is head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, where he was appointed professor of experimental solid state physics in 2007. His research includes semiconductor materials such as silicon, and is closely connected with the university’s Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO).
“Overall, the Faculty of Science and Technology is held in great respect with a comprehensive range of scientific tasks. Now it’s a case of making use of the synergies between the three combined main academic areas (Science, Agricultural Sciences and the National Environmental Research Institute). The greatest challenge is establishing a joint identity and a main academic area that offers outstanding degree programmes, delivers applied and basic scientific research at the highest international level, and at the same time provides the authorities and business community with excellent knowledge in a professional and quality-conscious way,” says Professor Nielsen.

  • Tel: +45 8942 3716
  • Mobile: +45 2338 2349
  • CV

Dean at the Aarhus Faculty of Health Sciences (Sundhedsvidenskab)

Allan Flyvbjerg (51) is currently professor at the Department of Endocrinology, Aarhus University Hospital. His research field is diabetes, and he has received a large number of national and international awards for his research and for his considerable skills as a communicator. For the last decade, he has also been chair of the Danish Diabetes Association.
“The challenge will be to find the right departmental structure and form of collaboration to ensure even closer interaction between basic research and patient-based research at the Faculty of Health Sciences. I also look forward to developing the current basic and clinical sector focus areas within research, talent development, education and knowledge sharing into new innovative and interdisciplinary focus areas, something we’ll have great opportunities to do within the future structure at Aarhus University,” says Professor Flyvbjerg.

  • Mobile: +45 4029 3589
  • CV

Dean at the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Erhverv og Samfundsvidenskab)

Svend Hylleberg (66) is the current dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University. In future, he will be head of the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences. In addition to being dean, he is professor of economics, specialising in economics and econometrics. He has been involved in Aarhus University’s academic development process from the very beginning and is looking forward to continuing this work:
“The university is undergoing rapid development. The new Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences has the potential to be among the very best. It’s now a case of making use of this very strong point of departure and the enthusiasm surrounding the new main academic area,” says Professor Hylleberg.

  • Tel: +45 8942 1592
  • Mobile: +45 2338 2020
  • CV

Read more about the academic development process at Aarhus University

More information

Rector Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, +45 2338 2126
Head of Press Affairs Anders Correll, +45 2899 2235