The Aarhus University’s Anniversary Foundation Prize of Honour for Pedagogics 2013

The universities educate more young people than ever before. To ensure high quality in our degree programmes, it is important that our teaching staff combines research substance with pedagogical insight.

In recognition of this, the Aarhus University Anniversary Foundation's Prize of Honour for Pedagogics has therefore been awarded each year since 2009 to a researcher who has made a particularly distinguished contribution to university pedagogics. This year the prize and the 100,000 Danish kroner go to associate professor at the Department of Culture and Society Lisanne Wilken.I would like to ask Lisanne to step forward.

 Dear Lisanne,

More students than ever before travel abroad to study. This is a very positive development and, as a society, we benefit greatly from both the Danish students who travel abroad - and the foreign students, who come here.

But internationalisation also gives rise to challenges, and it is important that we deal with these challenges. Foreign students have experience with a different educational system and they often have a different academic and cultural background. These are factors that we must take into account during teaching, and your efforts in this area have been pioneering. In your work with ’the international classroom’, you have developed ways of teaching, types of exams and forms of guidance that manage to integrate students with widely differing prerequisites. The international Master’s degree programme in European Studies is just one of many examples of the results that your energy and your wholehearted pedagogic commitment have produced.

Therefore. Thank you for your efforts and congratulations with the prize!


Associate professor, Institute for Culture and Society, Section for European Studies, Aarhus University

Education and appointments

2002 - Associate professor; Section for European Studies, Institute for Culture & Society, Aarhus University;

2001: Dr. phil. from Aarhus University.

2000: Assistant professor, Centre for European Studies, Århus University;

1999 Amanuensis, Centre for European Studies, Aarhus University;

1994 - 1997: Senior scholar; Centre for Language and Intercultural Interaction, Aalborg University;

1990 - 1993: Research fellow; Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen University

1989: Anthropologist, mag. scient., Copenhagen University.


Other activites

2013-2017 Member of The Norwegian Research Council’s steering group regarding: “Europe in Transition”

2012 – 2014: Project manager for the FKK funded research project "Internationalisation and the social field of Danish Higher education"

2007- 2010  Programme director, European Studies, IHO, Aarhus University

2003 -2005 Director of studies, Centre for European Studies, Aarhus University

1997 - 2001  Chairman for the external examiners, Anthropology, University of Copenhagen