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New representatives are to be elected for the Board, academic councils, study boards and PhD committees – and there is a lot at stake this year.
Alex Vanopslagh says that young people today are too focussed on looking successful. He recognises this in himself. But the problem is not that there are too many requirements and expectations, he says. The problem is that there are too few.
The university must appear politically neutral. So 1 May should no longer be a paid day off, the management argues. Moreover, says the university director, the University of Copenhagen cannot afford to have more off-days than other universities. Staff representative says that its abolition will backfire.
Staff representatives at the University of Copenhagen are worried that management is planning to abolish employees' rights to take the day off on 1 May. »This is a punch in the face to the staff that are really dedicated,« say critics.
In 2018, tutors at the Faculty of Law at The University of Copenhagen were asked to drop a Mexico-themed intro party for new students after complaints of cultural insensitivity. This set off a national debate about identity politics and how to deal with offences. So what are this year's students supposed to do?
Stories of sexism, drinking and crazy initiation rituals, a global #metoo movement and a set of guidelines on how to deal with offensive behaviour made the University of Copenhagen the centre of a stormy debate last year.
The Carlsberg Foundation will no longer dispense funding to new PhDs who want to stay in Denmark. This makes it more difficult to pursue your own ideas as a postdoc in Denmark. It will affect young researchers with families, critics say.
Sedra Al-Yousef fled from Syria four years ago. Today, medicine studies are her safe space, but she fears being sent back to her homeland due to the immigration policies of the parliamentary majority.
Some of the University of Copenhagen’s most cited scholars reckon that placing a limit on how much faculty may fly will affect their research
Prominent Danish politicians have dived headlong into education policy in recent days, and with a major election debate at the University of Copenhagen. Everyone turned up armed to the hilt with election promises. But while the promises were all about stopping the haemorrhage in funding, there was not much new thought.