31 May 2013

Lykke Friis to become prorector of education


The Board of the University of Copenhagen has appointed Lykke Friis as prorector of education. She will commence the position on 1 August 2013.

New prorector for education Lykke Friis.Her employment was the result of the unanimous recommendation of the advisory committee and the Rector. There were 13 applicants of whom seven were women and six were men.

Lykke Friis is 43 years old and holds an MA in Political Science and a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. In addition, she has an MA from the London School of Economics. Lykke Friis has worked as a researcher and research director, and she is a former minister and current member of the Danish Parliament. She filled the prorector position at the University of Copenhagen from 2006 to 2009, when she was tapped for the post of Minister for Climate and Energy.

Lykke Friis has extensive experience with university matters and great insight into international issues. Moreover, she has great experience with and knowledge about communication, and she will have responsibility for the area of communication at the University of Copenhagen.

Focus on education

The new prorector position has been established because education is an area of high strategic priority at the University of Copenhagen.

- In this situation, I cannot imagine a better and more insightful person for the post, says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen, who continues:

- Lykke Friis will be able to strengthen decisively the quality of education, important international relations, and clear and accessible communication, which is our goal. I look forward to resuming the very successful partnership we had in the years before she served as minister.


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