1 March 2017

VIDEO: Meet UCPH's new rector


On 1 March 2017, Henrik Caspar Wegener becomes Rector of the University of Copenhagen. Wegener comes from a position as prorector at the Technical University of Denmark and he succeeds Ralf Hemmingsen, who has been Rector of UCPH for the past 12 years.

The new Rector knows about bacteria, infectious diseases - and how to run a university. See the interview with the new Rector. Hear his views on the societal role of universities. Find out why he applied for the job, and what he thinks about the many tasks lying ahead. 

Communications Advisor Liv Alfast from UCPH Communication interviews UCPH's new rector.

Henrik C. Wegener in brief

Through his research, consultancy and leadership, the University of Copenhagen’s new Rector has had a major impact on the establishment and operation of international monitoring systems and emergency response plans within food safety and antibiotic resistance. For example in the EU and the World Health Organisation (WHO), where he has been a seconded national expert. Henrik C. Wegener has a background in microbiology from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, which merged with the University of Copenhagen in 2007. He has done research in zoonoses, i.e. diseases transmitted from animals to humans, with a focus on antibiotic resistance and the global spread of food-borne diseases. Since 2011, Henrik C. Wegener has been prorector at DTU, in charge of research, research centres, collaboration agreements, international relations, etc. 


Jasper Steen Winkel
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