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New Master's degree programme to strengthen Danish research institutions

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at the Department of Political Science and Government has created the first Master's degree programme aimed directly at staff members at research and higher education institutions. The participants will have a share in the latest knowledge in the area and learn to manage development projects.

2012.02.09 | Marianne Gammelgaard

The research and higher education environment will now have its own Master's degree programme for the very first time. The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at the Department of Political Science and Government has presented a new research-based Master's degree programme in higher education and research. The degree programme will provide the participants with knowledge of the policies, statutes and institutions that govern the area. The participants will also be introduced to methods and tools to facilitate development projects in their own organisation.

- The new Master's degree programme can help strengthen the professional expertise of the administrative staff by providing them with new, research-based knowledge and tools to translate the knowledge into practice, says Mads P. Sørensen, Director of Studies.

The Master's degree programme in higher education and research is aimed at people working with management support, administration and development within higher education and research. The programme is also relevant to those who work with policy development, strategy development or other types of projects within the same field.

Therefore, according to Mads P. Sørensen, the degree programme is not least aimed at staff members at universities and university colleges, but also at those working within the same field in, for instance, ministries, regions or private consulting firms.

Extensive academic knowledge combined with practice
To ensure the best possible combination between theory and practice, the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy has established a partnership with Attractor, which offers consulting and educational services and is part of the engineering, design and consultancy company, Ramboll.

- We needed a partner with extensive experience in linking theory with practice-oriented teaching in these areas. Therefore, Attractor will be co-teaching the practice-oriented courses. This particular translation into practice will be one of the focus points throughout the entire programme, says Mads P. Sørensen.

The Master's degree programme is to ensure a balance between extensive research-based knowledge and an understanding of the reality that the participants are working in. The programme is based on the participants' own organisations and provides the opportunity to establish new professional networks.

The first of its kind in Denmark
The degree programme forms part of the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, an interdisciplinary research centre at Aarhus University, and is the first of its kind in Denmark. However, it is possible to study “higher education” at several educational institutions abroad, including Harvard.

What is special about the Danish Master's degree programme is, according to Mads P. Sørensen, that it focuses on the Danish development and uses the current transformation of the Danish research and higher education institutions as a point of departure. In most areas, however, the Danish development is closely connected with international trends, which means that focus will also be on what takes place outside of Denmark.

The degree programme is based on a great deal of preparatory work together with relevant clients from the university world, university colleges and private consulting firms. The first participants of the new Master's degree programme will begin in September 2012.

Facts:
The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is an interdisciplinary centre at Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences. The research projects of the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy concentrate on research, innovation and university policy, and they contribute to both the theoretical and empirical research within the field.

The centre is characterised by its interdisciplinary profile, which combines various research disciplines relating to social science and humanities and a wide variety of research methods.

For further information:



Mads P. Sørensen, Director of Studies and Senior Researcher

Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science and Government,
Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy

E-mail: mps@cfa.au.dk
Tel.: +45 8716589
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