24 April 2018

Lykke Friis to step down as prorector


Prorector of Education Lykke Friis steps down after nine years at the University of Copenhagen. Lykke Friis has chosen not to seek an extension of her current contract, which will expire in August.

Lykke Friis will leave the University of Copenhagen this summer. The University of Copenhagen will therefore initiate the hunt for a new prorector. Formally, the Board is responsible for the appointment of a future prorector.

“After nine fantastic years at the University of Copenhagen, I have decided to move away from my 'Heimat' and not extend my contract in August. It’s always been my philosophy not to grow roots but rather to dare to let go. So this summer I will leave UCPH and throw myself into change,” Lykke Friis says.  

Lykke Friis took office as Prorector for Education at the University of Copenhagen in August 2013. She returned to the University after a four-year period during which she was Minister for Climate and Energy. Before her time as Minister and MP, Lykke Friis also served as Prorector at the University between 2006 and 2009.

Lykke Friis will continue to devote herself to board work, among others in the Danish Cancer Society. Communicating and writing about Europe and Germany will continue to fascinate her, as it has done during her current position.

Wegener: Lykke has given UCPH impact

The prorector vacancy will be posted this spring. Together with the Board, Rector Henrik C. Wegener will launch this process soon. But he makes no secret of the fact that there will be big shoes to fill.

“Lykke has made a great and skilful effort for the University of Copenhagen and she has helped to elevate our visibility and political impact. This is true not only regarding the University of Copenhagen but for the whole sector. But I do understand that, after nine years as Prorector, Lykke is looking for new challenges, and I wish her all the best,” says Rector Henrik C. Wegener.

Study environment, climate action and international debate

The outgoing Prorector has been the instigator of several major initiatives at the University. For example, the initiative  to improve the study environment  – physical, psychosocial and digital – at a total allocation of DKK 70 million. Lykke Friis has also been responsible for improving students' completion rates and for study progress. Furthermore, the University has introduced a minimum grade requirement of 6 for students to be admitted and has increased feedback on the programmes. In Lykke Friis’ period, the Ceremonial Hall at Frue Plads has become a permanent setting for international events featuring prominent guests such as Angela Merkel and Ban Kin-Moon. The University of Copenhagen has also carried out a climate initiative to reduce energy consumption and a major conference at the Bella Centre up to COP15.

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