The name game
Come January, we will enter the new year with a new name. Not a revolutionary change, but behind this minor name change is news relevant to our international partners. We will no longer be ’International Education and Grants’ – but simply ‘International Education’. Why is this interesting, you may wonder? Well, it is due to an organisational change.
The grants team will relocate to a newly established office that will be focusing on students’ support and study environment during their studies at the University of Copenhagen. At the same time, the Copenhagen Summer University team will transfer to International Education. The Copenhagen Summer University (CSU) is not a traditional summer school for students; rather, it is the UCPH flagship programme offered to professionals. Beginning next year, we will be start building CSU's programme for 2021 and also make it more accessible for an international audience. Curious to learn more? You are welcome to get in touch just as we will keep you updated in the next newsletter, too.
Students take the lead
The autumn semester brought a range of interesting events. The 4EU+ alliance, which in June received status as European Universities’ Network, organised its first student conference. The University of Copenhagen hosted the conference, which had student participants from all alliance partners. By the end of the second conference day, the students gave the 4EU+ leadership their suggestions for student involvement in the alliance and their ideas as to what the alliance means to students.
The autumn was also the time for the annual UCPH delegation visit to an international partner for heads of studies and administrative staff in order to increase student mobility. This year’s visit was to the University of Edinburgh, and for the first time the delegation included a student representative. Learn more on what UCPH law student Kristian Dam Hove learned on his first delegation visit to an international partner.
The ‘how-to-guide’ on starting your own business
Exchange students at the University of Copenhagen have plenty of opportunity to acquire new skills whilst in Copenhagen. Exchange students Magdalena and Julia from Germany set up their own business with help from the UCPH Innovation Hubs, where they learned to use several step-by-step tools for how to make a startup. I hope you will encourage your students to make use of this tool whilst they are with us.
Wishing you a healthy holiday season
With the holiday season upon us, the daily intake of Christmas sweets, cake and chocolate at the office is tremendous during December. In the midst of a month of increased sugar intake, I for one was relieved to learn from leading nutrition researcher and head of department, Professor Arne Astrup, that Danish Christmas food – consumed in moderation – is actually not unhealthy. Leaving you with Professor Astrup’s wise words, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
By Trine Sand
Trine is International Director at the University of Copenhagen.