20 December 2013

Troels Østergaard Sørensen to continue as Dean of Social Sciences


Rector Ralf Hemmingsen has complied with the unanimous recommendation of a nominating committee and appointed Troels Østergaard Sørensen as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Troels Østergaard Sørensen has served as Dean since 2006 and has been appointed for an additional five years.

Troels Østergaard Sørensen has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for a new five-year period from 1 May 2014 until 30 April 2019. Rector Ralf Hemmingsen is pleased to be able to announce that Troels Østergaard Sørensen will continue as dean for an additional five years.

“Troels Østergaard Sørensen is an experienced leader with great knowledge of the strengths, challenges and potential at the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as the University. I look forward to continuing our good working relationship, which in the upcoming years will focus on the Faculty’s relations to the outside world, both in terms of public and private organisations, and to secure the quality of the study programmes and study environment for the future. Also, the Faculty will go through a substantial generational change in 2014, where Troels Østergaard Sørensen as the leader of this process will have a deciding role in ensuring a secure future for the Faculty,” says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen, with a reference to the fact that three out of five current department head positions will expire in 2014.

Internationally oriented faculty

Troels Østergaard Sørensen graduated with an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1979 and finished his PhD in Economics in 1983, also from the University of Copenhagen. He took his postdoctoral degree as a “Carlsberg-Clare Hall Visiting Fellow” at the University of Cambridge. Soon after he became associate professor and then professor at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and in 1993 he took the position as Department Head. In November 2013, Troels Østergaard Sørensen also participated in the prestigious managerial program, “Columbia Executive Program” at Columbia University.

“I look forward to continuing the work we are doing at the Faculty. I will give and communicate a clear direction for the Faculty and ensure that decisions are implemented efficiently with focus on employee and student involvement to strengthen the core areas, education and research,” says Troels Østergaard Sørensen, and adds:

“At the Faculty we have become much more internationally oriented over the last few years, and we have strengthened relevant multidisciplinary activities enormously. It is important to continue our positive trends so that all of the academic environments at the Faculty of Social Sciences can perform at a high international level.

Successful multidisciplinary projects

During Troels Østergaard Sørensen’s latest term as dean, there have been numerous examples of successful multidisciplinary projects. To name a few, the Center for Health Economics and Politics has been established in cooperation with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and new academic programs in “Global Development” and “Security Risk Management” involve multiple faculties and departments across the University.

Furthermore, the multidisciplinary research center “Social Fabric” is a direct result of the Faculty’s network group of young researchers, and the center is part of the University of Copenhagen’s Excellence Program.


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