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VIDEO: Adjunct professors will strengthen Health’s international profile

Health will strengthen its international position by affiliating a greater number of recognised researchers from foreign top universities with the faculty. The goal is fifty adjunct professors over the next two years.

An ambitious initiative with the appointment of up to fifty adjunct professors from internationally acclaimed universities abroad is a fundamental element in Health's strategy for securing a stronger international profile.

With the initiative, the faculty management team wishes to introduce new perspectives to teaching, strengthen relations with leading research units abroad and establish joint research projects and funding applications.

VIDEO: Watch Dean Lars Bo Nielsen talk about what foreign top researchers can do for Health.

The ambition is that by end of 2019, the faculty will have entered into agreements with fifty new adjunct professors – all of whom must be recognised researchers employed as a professor at a QS top 100 university or at a university in the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

To attain an adjunct professor position, the professor must also meet the criteria for awarding a professorship at Health, though to simplify the appointment procedure the documentation requirement has been streamlined, so that e.g. an assessment committee is not appointed if the candidate's academic level is already documented via CV and academic assessment.

All five departments will have adjunct professors affiliated. There will not be specific quotas set for each department; rather Dean Lars Bo Nielsen will agree on a number with the head of each individual department.

To finance the initiative, the faculty management team has earmarked DKK 20,000 per adjunct professor to cover the department's expenses in connection with travel and stays at Health. However, the total cost may not exceed DKK 1 million.

Health currently has 35 active adjunct professors, twenty of which are from abroad. All the current foreign adjunct professors are affiliated with the Department of Clinical Medicine apart from one, who is affiliated with the Department of Public Health.