New International Ambassadors to Promote UCPH – University of Copenhagen

22 May 2016

New International Ambassadors to Promote UCPH

33 international students and PhD fellows from UCPH have been selected as Youth Goodwill Ambassadors. They will work to build bridges between Denmark and their home countries, and to promote Denmark as a study and career destination.

UCPH has 33 out of a total 144 selected Youth Goodwill Ambassadors this year, after a rigorous interview phase and a total of 400 applicants.

Bhaskar Mitra, one of the selected, is a PhD fellow at the Department of Food Science, UCPH,

"I have been working in Denmark for 2 years now and it has been empowering for me to see how the Danish work culture is an embodiment of doing things efficiently and ethically," says Bhaskar.

International talents wanted

Together with the 32 other UCPH students and PhD fellows, Bhaskar attended the International Talent Conference in the presence of HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark at the headquarters of Danish engineering corporation COWI.

Photo: Copenhagen Capacity

The International Talent Conference is held on a yearly basis to facilitate matchmaking between young international professionals and Danish companies on the lookout for talented international employees.

The YGA’s met senior level executives in multinational corporations such as Maersk, Novo Nordisk, Grundfos, Coloplast and Microsoft.

"I attended two live sessions conducted by Novo Nordisk and Coloplast and they were precise as to what kind of talent they are looking for," Bhaskar explains.

Helps retain talent pool in Denmark

At the conference, Prince Joachim said that the YGA programme helps retain a pool of talent in Denmark.

"In today’s global economy, talent mobility is a huge driver for intercultural exchange, innovation and international business. By working closely with our young talents, we are connecting Denmark with the home countries of selected international students on a people to people level, which already is showing great results”.

He was seconded by Nikolaj Lubanski, the Director of Talent at Copenhagen Capacity.

“Highly qualified and skilled labour is crucial for international competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship," he said.

Another version of this article was featured in the University Post on April 14th 2016.