ASB becomes part of new strong School of Business and Social Sciences

2010.06.24 | sannera

ASB is now part of one of Europe's strongest research and educational institutions within business and social sciences. The new partnership will be named 'Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences', and it holds great potentials for entirely new and unique options for both our programmes and research.

The ambitions at Aarhus University are sky high. The university wants to be a part of the world's elite universities and to contribute to global and national welfare. Therefore, the university is carrying out its academic development process which is a visionary process that is to strengthen all faculties at Aarhus University.

As part hereof, ASB and Faculty of Social Sciences have decided to merge. The two entities melt together to form Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences.

Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences
will become the greatest player within business and social sciences research and education in Denmark and one of the greatest in Europe.

Two strong parties
According to the eeans of the two existing faculties, Børge Obel and Svend Hylleberg, this is an equal merger between two strong parties.

- Both Aarhus School of Business and Faculty of Social Sciences have strong research and educational environments and a rich collaboration with the surrounding areas which is that which Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences will be based upon. When our two faculties have decides to merge, this is due to the fact that together, we can become even stronger and benefit each other's primary activities within both research and education, in a dialogue with society, says Dean Børge Obel from Aarhus School of Business.

Dean Svend Hylleberg from Faculty of Social Sciences adds:

- Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences will be based upon the very strong programmes that already exists at the two faculties, including Msc in Economics and Business Administration, MA in LSP, Msc (Econ), Master of Laws, Msc (Pol. Sci) and Msc (Psychology). Also, through cross-disciplinary research centres, we will be able to develop programmes that that also in the future will make our regular students and further education students attractive for both private and public employers. But the establishment of a broad business school also offers new possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and new educational programmes and, consequently, great flexibility for the students.

Will strengthen private-public collaboration
Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences can contribute with new knowledge to society within areas such as the collaboration between the public and the private sector:

The hard time of crisis within which Denmark has been in the last couple of years has clearly shown that there is a need for an increased collaboration between the public and private sector if we are to increase the growth and innovation in Denmark. This is an obvious field for such a broad school as Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, if academic skills go across almost all of both the public and the private sector, says Børge Obel and adds:

- But for Denmark to have an optimal collaboration between two such highly specialised sectors, it will take state of the art research on potentials and challenges. This is something Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences can offer to an extent that is not seen anywhere else in Denmark and only a few places in Europe.

It is also the plan to transfer Aarhus School of Business' work on international accreditations to Aarhus School of Business. The two deans expect that the work on the accreditations can be carried on with equal respect of both institution's research and educational environments.

Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences will have 16,110 students in total. Of these, 7,241 are currently bachelor students and 5,388 are master students. 3,261 are part-time students.
The number of PhD students is 209. There will be 678 researchers at the new institutions and together, they will have produced 1,555 research publications in 2009. 699 of these are peer-reviewed publications.

Timeline for the merger until 1 January 2012

  • 1 November 2010: New positions as deans are expected to be filled
  • 1 January 2011: New structure for the institutes is expected to be determined and to come into force on 1 April.
  • 1 February 2011: New structure for the faculties is established.
  • 1 February 2011: New administrative structure is expected to be determined.
  • 1 January 2012: New organisational structure including financial structure is established.

Follow the process on Facebook
In order to create open and solid communication and dialogue, a Facebook-page has been created for Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences. Here, you can follow the process as well as ask question and offer your comments to the decision and the process in the making.

>> Facebook-page for Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences

Questions and comments are also welcome at asbss@asb.dk

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