News from the senior management team no. 23/2015

Seven per cent growth in applicants

This year, 9,557 people are applying to study at Aarhus University as their first priority – up 7 per cent on 2014. 

Science and Technology has 12 per cent more first-priority applicants than last year, with a particularly strong interest in the faculty’s Bachelor of Engineering programmes which, seen in isolation, saw a 21 per cent increase. 

The new English-language study programme in Cognitive Science at Arts has attracted 328 first-priority applicants, and a significant increase is also seen in the number of applications for theology, medicine and law etc. 

The number of successful applicants will be published on 30 July.

Inauguration of Villum Research Station by HM the Queen and the Premier of Greenland cancelled due to fog

The Villum Foundation and Aarhus University have just opened one of the world’s most northerly and most modern and well-equipped research stations – Villum Research Station – in north-east Greenland, only 900 km from the North Pole.

The station should have been inaugurated by HM the Queen and the premier of Naalakkersuisut, the Government of Greenland, Kim Kielsen. However, dense fog unfortunately made it impossible for them to land at the military and research station Station Nord in north-east Greenland. In the absence of the Queen and the premier, the chairman of the Villum Foundation, Jens V. Kann-Rasmussen, unveiled the plaquette in the lounge area where the ceremony took place because of poor weather.

The Villum Foundation has donated DKK 70.5 million towards new buildings, laboratories and field material, including mobile laboratories, drones, land-based remote sensors, snow scooters etc.

Planned reshuffle to bring together academic environments

On 1 August 2015, Aarhus University takes over the tenancy of the buildings on the corner plot Trøjborgvej 82-84 (Lille Barnow/VIA site). The additional space is making it possible to shift things round slightly, enabling the three faculties Arts, ST and Aarhus BSS to bring together their academic environments at the Nobel Park, the University Park and at Fuglesangs Allé.

In addition, the three administrative divisions – AU Finance and Estates Project Development, AU Research Support and External Relations and AU IT – will be able to base their employees together to a far greater extent than is the case at present.

The leases on the buildings that are vacated as a result of the reshuffle will be terminated, including several buildings in Trøjborg, at Niels Juels Gade 84 as well as buildings on Katrinebjergvej.

The individual faculty management teams and the deputy directors are working to establish a specific time schedule for the moves.



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