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Rikke Nielsen - International Director

Rikke has prime responsibility for the International Centre at Aarhus University. The International Centre provides services for student mobility in and out of AU, staff mobility, student recruitment, housing services, support to university management in international matters, partner portfolio, delegation visits, strategy and support of alliances, networks and partnerships that AU participates in. Prior to her job at Aarhus University, Rikke was Director of International Relations at VIA University College, which is Denmark's largest university of applied sciences.

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Key facts about Aarhus University

44,500 students

5,000 are foreign students

Annual intake of just under 7,000

4,000 students graduate each year

The study programmes at AU are based on and integrated with the research activities. They are developed in a close collaboration between employers, academic staff and students.

About Aarhus University

The mission of Aarhus University is to create and share knowledge on the foundation of its academic comprehensiveness and diversity as well as through outstanding research, the education of graduates with the competencies society demands and innovative engagement with society. By putting the latest knowledge to work, Aarhus University assumes co-responsibility for the development of society, meets society’s justifiable demands and contributes to society's continued growth and welfare.

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution that creates and shares knowledge.   Aarhus University is a signatory of the European universities' Magna Carta. The university defends the research freedom of individuals and desires to maintain and develop a culture that promotes collaboration, critical dialogue, curiosity and the independent search for new knowledge and insight.

Aarhus University is a comprehensive university with four faculties: Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science and Technology, School of Business and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts.

Aarhus University (AU) is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. AU has a strong commitment to the development of society that is realised through its collaboration with government agencies and institutions and the business community.

The university’s goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. The university therefore strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways. This takes place in close contact with the world around us and creates the basis for the university to be internationally competitive within the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange.

International Partnerships

Aarhus University has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks. Aarhus University is a member of the Coimbra Group.

Notable Research Areas

Research at Aarhus University is partly organised in departments and partly in basic research centres. Aarhus University also comprises a number of interdisciplinary centres.

Two researchers from the university have received the Nobel Prize, firstly in Chemistry (1997), and subsequently in economics (2010) respectively. There are more than 6,000 researchers (4,300 full-time equivalents) at the university, including approximately 2,000 PhD students.