Statutes for the University of Copenhagen

Pursuant to section 13 (1) of Consolidation Act no. 261 of 18 March 2015 on Danish universities (the Danish University Act), as amended most recently by Act no. 699 of 8 June 2017 and Act no. 700 of 8 June 2017, the following is established:

Part 1.

  1. The University of Copenhagen is a state-financed, self-governing institution operating within the public administration under the supervision of the Minister for Higher Education and Science.
  2. The University of Copenhagen has its registered office and venue in Copenhagen.
  3. The objects of the University are to conduct basic research and other research and to offer research-based education at the highest international level within its various academic disciplines. The University shall ensure a balanced relationship between research and education, on a regular basis strategically select, prioritise and develop its research and educational academic disciplines, and disseminate knowledge of academic methods and results.

(2) The University shall work to protect its academic freedom and that of the individual researcher and to secure scientific standards and ethics of the highest quality.

(3) The university shall interact with the surrounding society and contribute to the development of international collaboration. Its results within research and education as well as knowledge dissemination shall contribute to enhancing growth, welfare and development,  and the University shall encourage its employees to contribute to taking part in the public debate.

(4) On the basis of its research, the University may provide public sector services by agreement with the relevant minister.

  1. Lectures and oral examinations at the University of Copenhagen are public, subject to the limitations determined by the University.
  2. The University of Copenhagen is organised as a multi-faculty university.

Part 2. Board

  1. The Board is the highest authority of the University and is responsible for the overall and strategic management of the University.

(2) The University has the overall responsibility to ensure that the University conducts research and offers research-based education at the highest international level within its subject areas, cf. Statute 3.

  1. The Board has 11 members: Six external members, two members elected by and from amongst the University's academic staff, including PhD students employed, one member elected by and from amongst the technical and administrative staff and two members elected by and from amongst the University's students.

(2) In combination, the members of the Board shall have experience of and insight into research, research-based education, knowledge dissemination, knowledge exchange and the University's tasks, cf. Statute 3 (4), with a view to handling the overall and strategic management of the University, cf. Statute 6.

(3) The representatives of the employees shall have the University of Copenhagen as their main workplace, which means that the majority of their working hours shall lie with the University.

  1. 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.

(3) The external board members may not be enrolled as students at the University of Copenhagen, be an employee of the University or be an external examiner at the University.

(4) External board members shall retire from the Board not later than at the end of the year in which they reach the age of 70.

  1. Appointment of the chairperson and the other external board members is made by the appointment body, cf. Statute 10, on the basis of a reasoned nominations from the nomination body, cf. Statute 11.

(2) The appointment body and the nomination body shall ensure that the external board members fulfil the conditions set out in 7 (2) and 8 (1) and (2) above.

  1. The appointment body consists of nine members: Six members from the business sector, authorities and other educational institutions etc. appointed by the Board of Representatives, cf. part 3, one representative of the employees appointed by the employee representatives on the General Collaboration Committee, one representative of the students appointed by the organisation(s) which has/have representatives elected to the Board and one representative of the external members of the Board of the University appointed by the Board. The representative of the external members of the university Board may not be the chairperson.

(2) The six members from the business sector, authorities and other educational institutions etc. shall collectively reflect the University's users and employers and have insight into the University's tasks as well as fulfil the conditions laid down in 8 (1), third and fourth sentences.

(3) The appointment body elects a chairperson from amongst its members from the business sector, authorities and other educational institutions etc. The chairperson of the appointment body shall have experience of management and a broad insight into societal matters. In the event of a tied vote, the chairperson has the casting vote.

(4) The members of the appointment body are appointed for a term of four years, however, for the student representative, the term of office is two years. The members of the appointment body may serve on the appointment body for a maximum of eight years, however, for the student representative for a maximum of four years.

(5) The members of the appointment body are eligible for reappointment once. Reappointment of the six members from the business sector, authorities and other educational institutions etc. is made by the Board of Representatives, cf. Statute 21 (2). Reappointment of the employee representative, the student representative and the representative of the external board members is made, respectively, by the General Collaboration Committee, the organisation(s) which has/have representatives elected to the Board, and the Board.

(6) The appointment body appoints the chairperson of the Board and the other external board members. As regards the chairperson of the Board, the appointment body appoints one candidate to be approved by the minister. The appointment body shall endeavour to ensure that the full Board has a balanced composition of men and women in accordance with the principles of the Danish Gender Equality Act.

(7) The appointment body appoints two members for the nomination body. These members are appointed in a personal capacity and may not be members of the appointment body, the University Board or be an employee or student at the University.

(8) The appointment body appoints a chairperson of the nomination body when a new chairperson of the Board is to be nominated, as the incumbent chairperson of the Board may not be either the chairperson  or a member of the nomination body. The chairperson of the appointment body is appointed in a personal capacity and may not be a member of the university's Board or be an employee or student at the university. The chairperson shall have competences that correspond to the requirements for the chairperson of the Board, cf. Statute 8 (2).

  1. The nomination body consists of six members: The chairperson of the Board, who is also the chairperson of the nomination body, cf., however, Statute 10 (8), one external and one internal board member appointed by the Board, one representative of the ministry, appointed by the Ministry for Higher Education and Science, and two members appointed by the appointment body, cf. Statute 10 (7).

(2) The nomination body nominates external board members, including the chairperson, to the appointment body. The nomination body may nominate incumbent external board members for the position as chairperson of the Board.

(3) The nomination body is appointed on an ad hoc basis and is dissolved when the appointment body has appointed the new external board members, cf. Statute 9 (1) and Statute 10 (6).

(4) The nomination body shall draw up competence profiles for the vacant external board memberships on the basis of the criteria set out in Statute 7 (2) and Statute 8 (1) for the purpose of publicly advertising for new external board members. The nomination body shall draw up a reasoned nomination for the appointment body and nominate at least two candidates to the appointment body for each board vacancy. The nomination body should endeavour to nominate an equal number of men and women. In this context, the nomination body should be aware that the appointment body shall endeavour to ensure that the full Board has a balanced composition of men and women, cf. Statute 10 (6), third sentence.

  1. The Board members’ term of office is four years. For the student members of the Board, however, the term of office is two years.

(2) The external members of the Board are eligible for reappointment once. Reappointment is made by the appointment body and does not require a prior nomination from the nomination body. As regards the chairperson of the Board, his/her reappointment shall be submitted for approval by the minister. If the appointment body decides not to reappoint a member, the process of nomination and appointment of a new external Board member is initiated, cf. Statutes 9-11.

(3) Internal board members may serve on the Board for a maximum of eight years, student members, however, for a maximum of four years.

  1. A board member who is not capable of adequately serving on the Board due to illness or for other reasons shall retire from the Board. Where this applies to the external board members, the appointment body shall appoint a new member in accordance with Statutes 9-11 above. The term of office for the new external member is four years. Where this applies to the internal board members, the relevant alternate replaces the retiring member for the remaining term.
  2. The chairperson of the Board has the overall responsibility for the organisation of the Board’s work. On behalf of the University, the chairperson is responsible for the strategic dialogue with the minister.

(2) The chairperson is in charge of the ongoing skills development of the members of the Board.

(3) The Board elects a deputy chairperson from amongst its external members.

(4) Together with a member of the Board, the chairperson of the Board is responsible for any matters involving real property.

  1. Board meetings are public. Matters comprised by statutory provisions on confidentiality in public administration, all matters concerning individuals and matters involving information on contract negotiations with private sector business partners or similar negotiations with public sector business partners shall, however, be considered behind closed doors. Matters may also be considered behind closed doors if dictated by the nature of the matter or circumstances in general.

(2) Agendas, minutes and other meeting documents of the Board shall be made public, subject to applicable rules of law.

(3) Matters comprised by statutory provisions on confidentiality in public administration may not be disclosed. Documents or information forming part of a matter subject to confidentiality shall, however, be made public in compliance with (1) if the individual document or the individual piece of information is not subject to confidentiality.

(4) Matters concerning individuals and matters involving information on contract negotiations with private sector business partners or similar negotiations with public sector business partners may be exempted from the requirement that the meeting documents of the Board shall be made public if dictated by the nature of the matter or circumstances in general. Documents or information forming part of a matter comprised by the first sentence shall, however, be made public in compliance with (1), unless such publication would be fundamentally contrary to the prerequisites which a lack of publication would dictate according to the first sentence.

(5) Matters, including documents and information relating thereto, considered behind closed doors, cf. (1), third sentence, may be exempted from the requirement that the meeting documents of the Board shall be made public if dictated by the nature of the matter or circumstances in general.

  1. The Board has the overall responsibility for ensuring that the University's research and programmes are constantly being developed.
  2. The Board's tasks include inter alia:
  3. The Board shall manage the University’s funds in an efficient manner and to the greatest possible benefit of society.
  4. Upon the recommendation of the Rector, the Board approves the University's budget, including the distribution of aggregate resources and the principles for the use of the resources, and signs the annual report.
  5. The Board enters into a strategic framework contract with the minister.
  6. The Board may delegate to the Rector the conclusion of agreements for public sector services subject to agreement with the relevant minister, cf. Statute 3 (4).
  7. The Board may delegate to the Rector to conclude agreements for programmes offered with the relevant minister in accordance with rules laid down by this minister, cf. section 7 of the Danish University Act.
  8. The Board lays down guidelines for the organisation of the University.
  9. The Board ensures that employees and students are involved in and participate in important resolutions.

(2) The Board lays down rules of procedure for the performance of its duties.

  1. The Board appoints and dismisses the Rector and, upon the recommendation of the Rector, appoints and dismisses the University's Prorector(s) and the University Director.

(2) The Board defines the framework for the Rector's day-to-day management of the University in the Instructions to the Rector.

  1. The Board is responsible to the minister for the activities of the University, including the management of the overall resources of the University.
  2. The Board may take out a customary liability insurance for board members.

Part 3. Board of Representatives

  1. The Board of Representatives inspires and strengthens the University's efforts to identify and acknowledge issues, provides input for the University of Copenhagen's strategic work and contributes with personal experiences and ideas.

(2) Upon public advertisement the Board of Representatives appoints six members to the appointment body from the business sector, public authorities and educational institutions etc., cf. Statute 10 (1). These members are appointed in a personal capacity and may not be members of the University's Board or be employees or students at the University. The Board of Representatives may reappoint these members once for a new four-year period, cf. Statute 10 (5). If the Board of Representatives decides not to reappoint a member, the process of appointment of a new external member of the appointment body is initiated, cf. first and second sentences.

(3) The Bard of Representatives prepares rules of procedure based on standard rules of procedure for the approval of the Rector.

  1. The Board of Representatives is composed of 14 external members from the faculties' employer panels, cf. part 6: One member each from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology as well as three members each from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities.

(2) The Rector sets up the Board of Representatives upon the nomination of the deans, cf. Statute 23.

  1. The members of the Board of Representatives are appointed in the following manner:
  2. Each faculty's employer panels each elect from amongst their members a candidate for the Board of Representatives to be nominated to the dean. If a faculty has only one employer panel, this panel shall elect from amongst its members two candidates for the Board of Representatives to be nominated to the dean.
  3. The dean selects amongst the candidates mentioned in (1) no. 1 the candidates to be nominated to the Rector. The deans of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology each nominate two candidates, while the deans of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities each nominate six candidates.
  4. The Rector appoints 14 members from amongst the nominated candidates referred to in (1), no. 2 , cf. Statute 22 (1).

(2) For each member of the Board of Representatives, the Rector appoints an alternate from the faculty which has nominated the member, cf. (1), no. 2. The Rector appoints the alternate from amongst the candidates who were not appointed to the Board of Representatives, cf. (1), nos. 2 and 3.

  1. The Board of Representatives elects a chairperson and a deputy from amongst its members.

(2) In the event of a tied vote, the chairperson has the casting vote.

  1. The members of the Board of Representatives are appointed for a term of four years.

(2) Members are eligible for reappointment once. The Rector may reappoint members. If the Rector decides not to reappoint a member, the process of nomination and appointment of a new member for the Board of Representatives is initiated, cf. Statutes 22-23.

(3) The members may serve on the Board of Representatives for a maximum of eight years.

Part 4. Management

Rector

  1. The Rector undertakes the day-to-day management of the University within the framework laid down in the Danish University Act and by the Board. The other members of management perform their duties upon authorisation from the Rector.
  2. The Rector is recruited on the basis of an external job posting according to the rules governing central government job postings. Generally, the appointment shall be based on the rules of limited tenure.

(2) The Rector shall be a recognised researcher within one of the University's disciplines and have insight into the educational sector. The Rector shall have experience in management and organisation of research environments and insight into the activities of the University and its interaction with the surrounding society.

(3) The recruitment procedure shall ensure that the Rector holds the required academic and managerial legitimacy. With this in mind, the Board makes a decision on the appointment for the position as Rector.

(4) The recruitment procedure may be performed by the whole Board, or the Board may from amongst its members set up a nomination committee to prepare job postings, select candidates for interviews, conduct job interviews and present a reasoned list of priority to the Board.

(5) A nomination committee consists of the chairperson of the Board or a person authorised by the chairperson of the Board as chair and representatives of the external and internal members of the Board.

(6) The decision on appointment shall be made by the Board.

  1. The Rector signs for the University, however, not in matters involving real property transactions, and makes decisions in all matters that are not the responsibility of the Board, the Academic Councils, the study boards or the PhD committees according to the Danish University Act, these Statutes or the Instructions for the Rector.

(2) The Rector submits the budget to the Board for approval and signs the annual report.

(3) The Rector defines rules on disciplinary measures towards the students.

(4) The Rector defines detailed guidelines for documentation systems for evaluations and follow-up on these. The Rector defines and delegates the responsibility for the student and career guidance office.

(5) The Rector or a person authorised by the Rector shall approve all external collaboration agreements that are binding on the University, cf. however, Statute 17 (1) nos. 4 and 5.

(6) The Rector draws up standard rules of procedure to be used by the Academic Councils, Study Boards, PhD Committees and the Board of Representatives.

(7) The Rector sets up a Practice Committee for promoting good scientific practice at the University and dealing with related issues. The Rector lays down detailed rules concerning this Committee.

(8) The Rector appoints and dismisses a student ambassador and lays down rules of procedure for the work of the student ambassador.

  1. The Rector appoints and dismisses deans.

(2) The Rector appoints a deputy from amongst the University’s academic management who is authorised to assume the responsibilities of the Rector in his/her absence.

  1. Within the framework of the Danish University Act, the Rector delegates tasks to deans, heads of department and heads of studies to the extent this is deemed expedient.

Prorector(s)

  1. Generally, Prorectors are appointed on the basis of the rules of limited tenure.

(2) A prorector shall be a recognised researcher within one of the University's disciplines and shall have insight into the university sector and the educational sector.

  1. The tasks to be undertaken by a prorector are defined by the Board upon the recommendation of the Rector.
  2. In connection with the recruitment of a prorector, the Rector sets up a nomination committee, whilst ensuring that representatives of the academic staff, the technical and administrative staff and the students are involved in the advisory service as described in the employment policy for managers.

 

University Director

  1. The tasks to be undertaken by the University Director are defined by the Board upon the recommendation of the Rector.

Part 5. Academic Councils

  1. An Academic Council is set up for each faculty to ensure that students and academic staff are involved in and participate in matters of academic nature. The Rector sets up academic councils upon the recommendation of the dean regarding size and composition of the council.
  2. An Academic Council consists of the dean and not less than six representatives elected by students and academic staff, including PhD students employed by the University, at a 1:2 ratio, respectively. The Academic Council elects a chairperson from amongst its members.

(2) In addition to the members stated under (1), two or more representatives are elected by and from amongst the technical and administrative staff to participate in meetings as observers.

  1. The tasks to be undertaken by the Academic Councils are stipulated in section 15(2) and (3) of the Danish University Act.

(2) The Academic Councils shall draw up rules of procedure on the basis of the standard rules of procedure, cf. Statute 28 (6).

(3) Each Academic Council submits an annual report to the Rector on the work of the council.

Part 6. Employer panels

  1. One or more employer panels of external members shall be set up for each faculty. The Rector sets up the employer panels upon the recommendation of the dean regarding size and composition of the panels.

(2) Collectively, the members shall have experience in and insight into the field of education and the areas of employment that the programmes offered at the University give access to.

(3) The University ensures a dialogue with the employer panel on the quality of the programmes and the relevance thereof to society at large and involves the employer panel in the development of new and existing programmes and new forms of teaching and examination. The employer panel may deliver an opinion and submit proposals to the University regarding all issues relating to the field of education. The employer panel shall deliver an opinion on all issues presented by the University to the employer panel.

(4) Each employer panel shall elect from amongst its members a candidate for the Board of Representatives to be nominated to the dean, cf. Statute 23 (1) no. 1.

Part 7. Deans

  1. Generally, deans are appointed on the basis of the rules of limited tenure.

(2) A dean shall be a recognised researcher and have experience in and insight into education, management and the interaction of universities with the surrounding society.

  1. In connection with the appointment of a dean, the Rector sets up a nomination committee, whilst ensuring that representatives of the academic staff, the technical and administrative staff and the students are involved in the advisory service as described in the employment policy for managers.
  2. The dean manages the faculty upon authorisation from the Rector, ensures coherence between research and education as well as public sector services and is responsible for the quality of education and teaching as well as public sector services and cross-disciplinary quality development of the faculty's education, research and public sector services.

(2) By agreement with the Rector, the dean may appoint and dismiss associate deans who undertake management tasks upon authorisation from the dean.

(3) The dean appoints and dismisses heads of department.

(4) Upon the recommendation of the Academic Council, the dean sets up expert committees to assess the applicants for academic positions at the faculty.

(5) The dean appoints academic staff according to the guidelines defined by the Rector.

(6) Subject to the delegation of responsibilities by the Rector, the dean sets up study boards and approves chairpersons and vice-chairpersons for the study boards.

(7) The dean appoints and dismisses heads of studies upon the recommendation of the study boards set up pursuant to Statute 54.

(8) The dean defines the areas of responsibility of the heads of studies with reference to the study board structure.

(9) Subject to the delegation of responsibilities by the Rector, the dean approves the curricula at the proposal of the study boards.

(10) The dean sets up a PhD committee. The dean appoints a chairperson and a vice-chairperson of the PhD committee upon the recommendation of the PhD committee.

(11) The dean appoints and dismisses the head of the PhD school.

(12) With the participation of the head of the PhD school, the dean shall initiate international assessments of the PhD school and follow up on assessments, including international assessments.

(13) Pursuant to Statute 23 (1), no. 2, the dean selects candidates for the Board of Representatives to be nominated to the Rector.

Part 8. Heads of Department

  1. At the University of Copenhagen, research and teaching are usually undertaken at the departments.

(2) Each department is managed by a head of department upon authorisation from the Rector and the relevant dean.

(3) At faculties with no division into departments, the dean is responsible for the tasks of the head of department.

  1. Generally, heads of department are appointed on the basis of the rules of limited tenure.

(2) Heads of department shall be recognised researchers and have management and teaching experience.

  1. In connection with the appointment of heads of department, the dean sets up a nomination committee, whilst ensuring that representatives of the academic staff, the technical and administrative staff and the students are involved in the advisory service as described in the employment policy for managers.
  2. The head of department is responsible for the day-to-day management of the department, including planning and distribution of tasks. The head of department may instruct employees to solve particular tasks. The academic staff has freedom of research and may freely conduct research within the University's research strategy framework during times when they are not undertaking tasks. The University's research strategy framework comprises the entire University profile. The University may not instruct academic employees – during longer periods of time – to undertake tasks in their entire working time to the extent that they are deprived of their academic freedom.
  3. By agreement with the dean, the head of department may appoint and dismiss deputy heads of department and heads of research who undertake management tasks upon authorisation from the head of department.
  4. The head of department shall build an organisation to carry out the department's tasks. The head of department shall ensure the participation and involvement of academic staff, including PhD students employed by the university, the technical and administrative staff and the students in education and research at the department.

(2) At least once a year, the head of department invites staff and students to participate in a meeting to discuss department matters.

Part 9. Heads of Studies

  1. Heads of studies shall have the University of Copenhagen as their main workplace, which means that the majority of their working hours shall lie with the University.
  2. The tasks of the head of studies are stipulated in section 18 (5) of the Danish University Act.
  3. The head of studies shall undertake his/her tasks upon authorisation from the dean.

Part 10. Heads of PhD schools

  1. For each faculty, a PhD school is set up to be in charge of the PhD programmes.
  2. Each PhD school is managed by a head of PhD school upon authorisation from the dean.

(2) The head of PhD school shall be a recognised researcher with experience in and insight into PhD programmes.

(3) In connection with the appointment of the head of PhD school, the dean shall set up a nomination committee, whilst ensuring that representatives of the academic staff, the technical and administrative staff and the students are involved in the advisory service as described in the employment policy for managers.

(4) The head of PhD school shall have the University of Copenhagen as his/her main workplace, which means that the majority of his/her working hours shall lie with the University.

  1. The head of PhD school appoints PhD supervisors in accordance with the rules laid down by the Rector, approves PhD students upon recommendation of representatives of the academic staff on the PhD committee, is responsible for the planning of the PhD school programmes involving the PhD committee, including study abroad, is responsible for the regular assessments of the school’s activities involving the PhD committee, and recommends follow-up on such assessments to the dean.

Part 11. Study boards

  1. The dean sets up study boards to ensure that the students and the academic staff are involved in and participate in education and teaching. The study boards are set up in accordance with the structure approved by the Rector. Study boards may be set up for an individual programme, for part of a programme and jointly for several programmes.

(2) For the education Master of Public Health, the Rector may decide that an education committee is to be set up instead of a study board in accordance with (1).

  1. The dean determines the number of members on the individual study boards, however, not less than four and not more than ten members. The dean may, however, in particular cases determine that the number of members represented on the study boards should be increased. Each study board consists of an equal number of representatives of the academic staff and the students who are elected by and from amongst the academic staff and the students, respectively. The composition of the study boards shall, to the extent possible, reflect the programmes for which the board has been set up.
  2. The tasks of the study board are stipulated in section 18 (4) of the Danish University Act.

(2) The study board shall draw up rules of procedure on the basis of the standard rules of procedure, cf. Statute 28 (6).

  1. The study board elects from amongst the academic staff on the study board a chairperson and from amongst the students a vice-chairperson. A head of studies who is not the chairperson of the study board or a member of the study board shall participate in the meetings of the study board as an observer.

Part 12. PhD committees

  1. The dean sets up a PhD committee to ensure the influence of the students and academic staff on the PhD programmes. The dean determines the number of members of the individual PhD committee, however, not less than four and not more than ten members. The dean may, however, in particular cases determine that the number of members represented on the PhD committee should be increased. Each PhD committee consists of an equal number of representatives of the academic staff and the students who are elected by and from amongst the academic staff and the students, respectively.

(2) The PhD committee nominates to the dean a chairperson from amongst the academic staff on the PhD committee and a vice-chairperson from amongst the students on the PhD committee.

  1. The tasks of the PhD committee are stipulated in section 16(b) (2) of the Danish University Act.
  2. The PhD committee shall draw up rules of procedure on the basis of the standard rules of procedure, cf. Statute 28 (6).

Part 13. Elections

  1. The Rector draws up election statutes containing rules on the exercise of the right to vote and on the holding of elections to the Board and the councils, boards and committees set out in these Statutes. Provisions on alternates and the election of these are set out in the election statutes, cf. however, Statute 13, third sentence. The election statutes are approved by the Board.

Part 14. External collaborations, integration of external units and special units at the University

  1. The Rector may, upon authorisation from the Board, engage in collaboration with external units and draw up agreements on the integration of external units at the University.
  2. The Board determines the detailed regulation of:

(i) collaborations or mergers established upon the approval of the ministry, cf. section 31 of the Danish University Act;

(ii) university units authorised by the ministry to be governed according to rules that deviate from the provisions of the Danish University Act.

  1. The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) was integrated as an academically independent Nordic research institute of the University of Copenhagen on 1 January 2005.

(2) (2) NIAS is regulated by independent statutes. The statutes shall be approved by the Board of the University of Copenhagen.

(3) The board of NIAS is responsible for the overall management of NIAS, including the establishment of general guidelines, approval of budget, financial statements, collaborations and contracts, etc. and recommendation of assessment committees.

(4) The day-to-day management of NIAS is undertaken by a director appointed by the Rector upon the recommendation of the board of NIAS.

  1. The Department of Food and Resource Economics (abbreviated IFRO) was set up (at that time as The Institute of Food Economics, FOI) on 1 January 2004.

(2) IFRO is regulated by independent statutes. The statutes and any subsequent amendments thereto shall be approved by the Board of the University of Copenhagen and by the board of IFRO following the consultation of the relevant ministries.

(3) The board of IFRO provides advice to the day-to-day management on the strategy and long-term activities and development of the department and considers and recommends the approval of budgets, financial statements and annual report. Furthermore, the board may set up advisory committees.

(4) The day-to-day management of IFRO is undertaken by a head of department upon authorisation from the dean of the Faculty of Science. The head of department is appointed by the dean upon the recommendation of an appointment committee consisting of representatives of the board of IFRO and the dean. The head of department appoints and dismisses the departmental staff in compliance with the authorisation. The head of department regularly informs the board of IFRO about the activities and organisation of the department.

(5) Decisions on amendments to this provision shall be approved by the Minister for Higher Education and Science after consultation with the ministries concerned.

  1. The Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning (S&L) was set up on 1 January 2004 by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Development then in office, the Ministry of the Environment then in office, and the Ministry of Education then in office in accordance with section 31(1) of the Danish University Act through a merger of the Research Centre for Forest and Landscape, the Institute for Economics, Forest and Landscape of The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (excl. the Economics and Learning Section), the Danish Forestry College, and the Danida School of Seeds of Forest Trees.

(2) S&L is regulated by independent statutes which shall be approved by the Board of the University of Copenhagen and by the centre board of S&L following the consultation of the relevant ministries.

(3) S&L has a centre board that provides advice to the head of centre and, subject to the delegation of responsibilities by the dean of the Faculty of Science, shall make decisions on the strategy, work programme, budget, financial statements and annual report within the framework of the University.

(4) The day-to-day management of S&L is undertaken by a head of centre upon authorisation from the dean of the Faculty of Science. The head of centre is appointed for four years at a time by the dean of the Faculty of Science.

 

Part 15. Finance and accounting

  1. The University is governed by the Danish State Accounting Act.

(2) The annual report and the financial statements are made in accordance with rules laid down by the minister.

68 The annual report of the University shall be audited by the auditor general in accordance with the Danish Act on Audit of the State Accounts, etc.

(2) The Board of the University engages a state-authorised public accountant as its internal auditor (institutional auditor) to be in charge of the tasks, etc. as agreed between the Minister for Higher Education and Science and the auditor general in accordance with section 9(1) of the Consolidating Act no. 101 of 19 January 2012 on the Danish Act on Audit of the State Accounts etc. and section 28(3) of the Danish University Act.

  1. The financial year of the University shall be the fiscal year. At the end of the financial year, an annual report comprising income statement, balance sheet and asset account is prepared. The annual report shall be signed by the Board and by the Rector.

Part 16. Amendments

  1. The Board of the University of Copenhagen draws up the University's statutes and amendments thereto, which are approved by the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants pursuant to authorisation laid down in section 9, no. 8, of Ministerial Order no. 846 of 23 June 2017 concerning the delegation of the powers of the Minister for Higher Education and Science to the Danish Agency for institutions and Educational Grants.

Part 17. Date of commencement and transitional regulations

  1. These Statutes came into force on 1 January 2018.

 

Adopted by the Board on 11 December 2017.

 

Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen

Chairperson of the Board

 

Approved by the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants on

 

Nikolaj Veje

Director of the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants