5 December 2013

Ulla Wewer continues as Dean of Health and Medical Sciences


Rector Ralf Hemmingsen has complied with the unanimous recommendation of a nominating committee and appointed Ulla Wewer as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen for a further period until 30 April 2019. Ulla Wewer has served as Dean since 2006.

Dean Ulla Wewer“It is with great pleasure that the University of Copenhagen has reappointed Professor Ulla Wewer MD as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Wewer has achieved particularly positive results in the post, both in academic and organisational terms. Based on her insight, commitment and tangible visions, the committee unanimously agreed that Ulla Wewer is the right person to head the faculty in the years to come,” says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

The new appointment is for a five-year period from 1 May 2014 until 30 April 2019.

The focus during this period will include implementing the Faculty's strategy “Knowledge to Health”, which builds on the University’s Strategy "2016". “Knowledge to Health” sets ambitious goals on four tracks: education, research, society and frameworks. Construction of the Maersk Building will be central to these endeavours and the new facility will serve as a focal point for international research and teaching in health and disease.

Higher student intake and new study programmes

Ulla Wewer MD (59) is professor of experimental pathology at the University of Copenhagen. Earlier in her career, Professor Wewer held a clinical post at Copenhagen University Hospital. She also worked in the United States for several years, as a researcher at La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda. Since 1996, she has worked for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences – from 2002 as associate dean and from 2006 as dean.

In her time as dean, the Faculty has increased student intake and established new programmes, e.g. in IT and Health, Global Health and Disaster Management. Faculty mergers in 2012 also improved co-ordination within the pharmaceutical and veterinary subjects, as well as in medicine and dentistry. The Faculty now houses all the major health science programmes for doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists, etc.

The Faculty has also made a systematic effort to recruit researchers, expand the Graduate School and attract substantial external funding. One result of this is a series of new research centres of high international excellence.


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