Nomination of new members and a new chair to the Board of the University of Copenhagen

From 1 January 2020, the Board of the University is to take on three new external members, including a new chairperson.

The process has been set in motion and two nomination bodies are to obtain proposals for new external board members and a new chairperson. The nomination bodies nominate member and chair-person candidates to the appointment body, who then appoints the new members.

If you fulfil the requirements set out in the Statutes for the University of Copenhagen and the qualifications listed below, you can nominate yourself as a member, chairperson or both.

All students and employees are welcome to encourage candidates to nominate themselves. See the info box to the right on the nomination process.

The profile of the new members and the new chairperson

The Board is the University’s highest authority. Its tasks are, among others, hiring a rector, strategic and organisational development, and preparing an annual budget for the University of Copenhagen. The composition of the board must mirror its varied tasks. In combination, the members of the Board must have experience of and insight into research, research-based education, knowledge dissemination, knowledge exchange and the University's tasks with a view to handling the overall and strategic management of the University.

In light of this, new members must be assessed on how they contribute to the overall composition of the board.

The two nomination bodies of the University of Copenhagen, one for nominating members and one for nominating a chairperson, have decided on the following list of qualifications. The criteria may be complied with in various ways. In principle, a candidate may meet one or more of the criteria listed below.

Members:

  • Acknowledged researcher, preferably with experience from international universities.
  • Management experience, preferably from complex organisations and senior management.
  • Experience of collaboration on a political level.
  • Economic insight and budget experience from senior management.
  • Knowledge about the University of Copenhagen and an ability to communicate the University’s services to society.

Chairperson:

  • Preferably an active top executive.
  • Experience of strategic management of a large company or organisation.
  • Experience of collaboration on a political level and considerable insight into societal matters.
  • Experience of supporting, challenging and developing day-to-day management.

Candidates must also fulfil the general requirements for external members and for the chair of the board as stated in the Statutes:

§ 8 The external board members are appointed by the Board based on their competences rather than on their roles as representatives of particular interests, organisations or sectors. The external members' combined competences shall reflect the University's tasks, cf. Statute 3. The external members shall together possess insight into research, research-based education, management, organisation and finance, including assessment of budgets and financial statements. The external members shall each hold a master's degree or a degree at a similar level, and at least one of the external members shall have experience as an acknowledged researcher.

(2) The chairperson of the Board shall have experience of strategic management of a large company or organisation and considerable insight into societal matters.

The Board of the University of Copenhagen, 2018. Board members Sine Sunesen and Kari Melby and Chairman Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen will resign from the Board as their second and last term of office ends on 31 December 2019.

Appointment procedure

The appointment of new external board members and a new chairperson follows the provisions of the University Act and the University’s own procedures by setting up two nomination bodies and an appointment body. The nomination bodies each compile a list of qualifications for new external members and the new chairperson. These lists will be used as the basis for advertising for candidates for board membership. On the basis of the nominations received, the nomination bodies will draw up a motivated nomination of at least two candidates per membership, which are then submitted to the appointment body.

On the basis of the nominations, the appointment body will appoint the two new external board members and a new chairperson. The new members will join the Board as of 1 January 2020 for a term of four years.