News from the senior management team no. 30/2018

Good initiatives, but reasons for more in-depth discussions as well 

Tommy Ahlers, Minister for Higher Education and Science, presented the government’s major proposal on the university sector last week. It includes lots of good initiatives while also providing an opportunity to discuss the specific content of the proposed adjustments.

This is how Rector Brian Bech Nielsen began his comments on the minister’s proposal regarding flexible degree programmes. Read the comments (in Danish).

AU to host conference on retention of students

‘Why don’t they stay?’ 
This is the title of a forthcoming conference which will focus on the challenges, opportunities and specific initiatives associated with student retention and attrition. 

This Conference is part of a major strategic initiative started by the Education Committee to reduce the drop-out rate, and it also includes specific drop-out prevention initiatives in the academic environments.  

Besides a presentation of the current initiatives, the day’s programme also offers four workshops involving various aspects of retention. These will be held in two rounds, and you can register for your choice of workshops. The keynote speaker for the day is Professor Vincent Tinto of Syracuse University in the US, a leading researcher in the field of retention and drop-outs at higher education institutions. 

The conference will take place in the Main Hall between 9:00 and 15:00 on 1 November 2018 and is aimed at students, teaching staff, degree programme directors and administrative staff. The conference is free to attend, but you need to register by 22 October on a first come, first served basis. 

For more information, please contact Jeppe Norskov Stokholm,

Student exchange with Berkeley, UCLA and other University of California campuses

As of 2019, 12 AU students a year will be able to join an exchange programme involving Berkeley and UCLA, or one of ten other campuses at the University of California (UC). The new exchange agreement is applicable for a period of five years and applies to students from UCLA on exchange visits to AU. 

The UC system includes a number of top international educational institutions which are termed ‘Public Ivy’ in the US, a term which refers to a small group of public universities which offer the same high academic quality and student life as the private Ivy League institutions.

AU profile material 18/19 published

The Aarhus University 18/19 profile brochure and the more portable mini version AU in Brief have been slightly updated. 

The profile material provides a general presentation of the university and shows selected examples of our three core activities: research, education and collaboration.

The material is available in Danish and English. The profile brochure and AU in Brief are freely available to order from for use at conferences, events or suchlike. 

Read or download the information here:

And not least: hope you enjoyed the party!

We hope all students and staff enjoyed the festivities as we celebrated the University’s 90th birthday with a huge party in the University Park on Friday, 21 September. We very much enjoyed standing behind the bar near building 1520/1525! Hope you had chance to drop in!


  • 1 October: University Board meeting
  • 8 October: Inauguration of the Skou Building and opening of an exhibition about Jens Christian Skou on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth 
  • 8 October: 2018 East Jutland Summit with Business Region Aarhus 
  • 2 November: Aarhus Symposium
  • 5 November: Network event for senior managers in the upper secondary sector
  • 22 November: Joint meeting of the Main Occupational Health and Safety Committee and the Main Liaison Committee
  • 30 November: Conference on gender balance

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