The seven tracks

On this page, your can read more about specific development and building projects taking place in relation to AU’s physical development and based on the ten principles for campus development.

The projects can be divided into the seven tracks/topics presented below. 

Research

The development and building projects in this track are focused on facilities where researchers and students can connect across subjects and work to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration at the university.

Modern laboratories and good research facilities will help support AU’s research strategy.

The academic environments will be included in the work on these projects, for example through the Committee for Research and External Cooperation.

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.

Degree programmes

AU wants to strengthen the teaching methods of the future, including developing the physical learning environment. The university’s strategy for Educational IT and assessing the needs of the teaching and study environments of the future are essential elements when establishing new teaching facilities.

AU needs a flexible study environment with many workspaces for students. The degree programme track must draw attention to and secure qualities that help support an active and coherent student and working life at the university. The track must also create synergies in relation to combining student and working life with an active life on campus – also in the spare time.

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.

Development projects

  • Study environments, teaching environments and teaching facilities:
    • A working group under the Education Committee have provided a descriptions of how the ideal physical study and educational environment should take shape, based on the ten principles (in progress).
    • In connection with the relocation of Aarhus BSS from Fuglesangs Allé to the University City, new forms of flexible teaching and learning environments are being developed (in progress). 
  • Libraries / Lecture theatres / Exam facilities

Collaboration

AU wants to promote collaboration with the surrounding society, including business and industry. The location and layout of facilities for business collaboration must be clarified and determined. In particular, it should be considered to which extent business facilities should be integrated into the academic environments.

Facilities for entrepreneurship will be established and focus will be on establishing initiatives for both users of the university and visitors. This track also includes non-university activities that might be established at campus, e.g. housing, cafés, places to eat and sport activities, that would also be open outside of normal opening hours.

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.

  • Start-ups
  • Interdisciplinary student house
  • Sport and fitness facilities

Sustainability

AU is working to promote sustainable development – in the university’s degree programmes, daily operations as well as research. The work has been going on for several years and is an integrated and natural part of work at AU.

The university’s physical development is also has a focus on sustainable development. The building stock must be developed sustainably, and the work on the University City is aimed at a sustainability certification, called DGNB. DGNB is a sustainable certification of buildings which places equal importance on environment, finances and social conditions.

A start-up seminar focused on AU’s sustainability in relation to daily operations was held, and meetings with a network of students and employees with an interest will be held on a ongoing basis. The network helps look at possibilities for sustainable development at Aarhus University and sustainable initiatives in general.

A working group consisting of students and staff has been responsible for contributing to the development of a sustainability strategy for Aarhus University from 2020 to 2025. Focus in the strategy is on the environmental sustainability of the university’s operations. Read more about the strategy here.

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.

Shared facilities

Shared facilities, such as libraries, lecture theatres, places to eat and exam facilities, must be established to a sufficient and appropriate extent. In addition, various non-university activities, such as sport and fitness facilities and housing for students and researchers, should be established.

The aim of this track is to look at the activities on the individual areas and on campus in general, and thus ensure life on campus 24/7. 

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.

  • Libraries / Lecture theatres / Places to eat / Exam facilities
  • Sport and fitness facilities
  • Establishing a hub for sports and activities in the University Park
  • "Spisestedet" and "Mødestedet" in Campus Emdrup

Infrastructure (physical and technical)

This track consists of work on the physical infrastructure and the technical infrastructure respectively.

In connection with the university bringing its activities together in the area around the University Park, the University City and Katrinebjerg, it is important to ensure accessibility and cohesion and support connections between the areas. Strategically placed and varied outdoor spaces will also be established.

The technical part of the infrastructure will include work on determining general principles for the planning of the shared technical infrastructure. This could e.g. be water, electricity, district heating, waste water, IT and Wi-Fi, refrigeration, compressed air, gases etc.

The physical part of the infrastructure includes Wayfinding. This includes the development of a digital campus plan, which will provide information and overview of what is going on at campus and where for both students, employees and visitors.

The track also includes preparing data for the research project Smart City. The project will develop ways of using IoT (Internet of Things) for collecting data and converting it into knowledge of specific topics concerning development and innovation. An interdisciplinary working group has been set up.

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.

  • IoT
  • Digital campus plan
  • Physical infrastructure and accessibility


Relocations

AU wants to bring together its activities in the area around the University Park, the University City and Katrinebjerg. This track is focused on the various physical relocations happening in connection with this.

The track includes the following relocations:

  • The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) will move out of several location and be centralised as one unit in the University City.
  • Aarhus BSS will relocate from Fuglesangs Allé to the University City. The relocation means that the faculty will bring together its activities from Fuglesangs Allé and its activities in the north-eastern corner of the University Park.
  • Engineering activities will be relocated from Navitas to Katrinebjerg.
  • Centralisation and location of the central administration is being considered.
  • During 2022, AU IT will move from their current premises at Katrinebjerg to the newly renovated building 1872 in the northern part of the University City.

The work on this track is closely linked to several of the other tracks.

Projects

A number of development and building projects related to this track are presented below. Some projects are already in progress, while others are in the pipeline.