News from the Senior Management Team no. 7/2019

14,306 second-round applications received by Aarhus University

The deadline for second-round applications for higher education was 12:00 on 15 March. Overall applications to Aarhus University were down slightly, in a similar way to the decline seen at national level. By contrast, however, the university is making a great deal of progress in its hunt for applicants to engineering and IT degree programmes.

Pro-rector: We have to make it easier to submit second-round applications

In an article published on, Pro-rector Berit Eika emphasises the fact that we need to make it easier to submit second-round applications. The article mentions a new set of common guidelines to be introduced at Aarhus University. From 2021, second-round applicants across all degree programmes will be admitted on the basis of grade averages in selected subjects, in combination with a test and/or special qualifications.

Berit Eika would also like to develop a common national test for use in second-round application procedures across universities.

Rector: university’s gender balance must be improved

By way of a continuation of the conference entitled “How do we improve gender balance amongst researchers at AU?” that was held on 8 March, Rector Brian Bech Nielsen emphasises that efforts to create a better gender balance must be given priority.

To speed up this development, the Committee for Research and External Cooperation (UFFE) and the senior management team will be focusing on and addressing the problem more extensively. Ongoing efforts must maintain close partnership with the academic environments while also adopting the constructive tone of the conference held on 8 March. Moreover, UFFE and the senior management team have used five research projects to highlight important challenges as regards gender balance at the university – and received specific recommendations in order to remedy the situation. 

New research laboratory to open at AU 

Thanks to a grant of DKK 6 million from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Aarhus University will be opening a new laboratory that will pave the way for advanced teaching, research and innovation in the development of wireless transceivers for use in future communication and sensor technologies. 

Holstebro practice meets AU expertise in new agreement

Aarhus University and the municipality of Holstebro have worked together for a long time to provide internships for medical students, and now the university and the municipality are about to forge even closer links.

A new agreement is extending the existing cooperation and includes Industry 4.0 projects and other initiatives, as well as targeted cooperation with regard to employment opportunities for graduates. The rector will also be meeting business leaders from north-west Jutland in Holstebro and facilitating direct discussion on how Aarhus University’s knowledge can be used and create growth.


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