News from the senior management team no. 32/2015

Danish government opens debate on taximeter system

An interdisciplinary committee has been appointed by the Liberal Party-led Danish government with the aim of devising a new and revised taximeter system.

Together with the educational sector, the committee will examine how to create a subsidy system that supports excellence in education in the best possible way.

The government has also released a report by Deloitte commissioned by the previous Danish Social Democratic Party/Danish Social Liberal Party coalition government, but according to the press release from the ministry, the new committee cannot draw directly on the results of the report.

For Aarhus University, simplicity and predictability are key factors when it comes to ensuring that the taximeter scheme can contribute to the quality of the work done at the educational institutions. The university is looking forward to a constructive partnership with the government committee.

Three AU researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list

According to the latest update of the so-called Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by Thomson Reuters each year, three researchers from Aarhus University rank among the world’s top one per cent most highly cited researchers. The three researchers are Karl Anker Jørgensen (chemistry), Steen E. Husted (clinical medicine) and Kim Overvad (public health).

For researchers and universities, there is considerable prestige associated with inclusion in the top one per cent on the Highly Cited Researchers list. The number of researcher at a university included on the list is also factored into the calculation of points for the Shanghai Ranking.

Job of university director advertised

Aarhus University has just advertised the position of university director. The position is to be filled as soon as possible or by 1 January 2016 at the latest. The application deadline is 1 November.

Jane Kraglund held the post for nine months, but stepped down on 30 September after accepting the position of director of the Region of Southern Denmark, as previously announced.

In the meantime, Rector Brian Bech Nielsen is serving as acting university director.

DFF funding for early career researchers at AU

Sixteen AU researchers are receiving a share of the DKK 138 million which the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) has just awarded to ambitious postdoctoral projects in Denmark.

Moreover, five AU researchers are receiving the so-called DFF-MOBILEX mobility grants aimed at strengthening the internationalisation of Danish research.


  • 20-23 October: Nordic Centre – Fudan anniversary
  • 4 November: University Board meeting
  • 6 November: Aarhus Symposium
  • 12-13 November: MatchPoints Seminar 2015


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