Digitisation initiative at Aarhus University is very important for ST

By 2023, Science and Technology will be educating twice as many digitisation specialists as at present.

2017.06.19 | Anne-Mette Siem

The initiative means a significant boost to the academic environments at the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics.

A number of strong new researchers will be employed at the two departments in the coming years to strengthen both research and education. There will be particular focus on educating graduates with expertise in software development, programming, data processing and data analysis via a new computer science degree programme at the Department of Mathematics.

Digitisation to extend engineering initiative
The digitisation efforts are a natural extension of the engineering initiative adopted by the board in June 2016. The engineering initiative is relevant here because there is already a large digitisation element via the education of more engineers with digital skills. This specifically concerns engineering degree programmes in information and communication technology, electronics, health technology, computer technology and electrotechnology.

Twice as many graduates with digitisation skills
The ambition of the digitisation initiative is to double the number of graduates who are digitisation specialists by 2023. Most of the science digitisation specialists will be educated at the Department of Computer Science, which will increase its production of graduates to 190 per year. The new computer science degree programme at the Department of Mathematics will lead to 20–30 graduates per year. In addition, the number of graduates with digital skills in engineering will be doubled.

Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen welcomes the board’s decision. “There’s an enormous need to educate more digitisation specialists in Denmark. It’s necessary for us as a university to take the lead in meeting the needs of society. This helps ensure that we as a country can be at the forefront,” he says.

Focus on recruitment
Part of the digitisation initiative is concerned with recruiting students to the digitisation degree programmes. This is already in focus in 2017, and it will continue in the coming years. Targeted efforts will also be made to reduce the drop-out rate in the degree programmes.

More academic staff appointments and a strategic centre
To ensure a greater teaching and research capacity at the two departments, a number of extra academic appointments will be made during the coming years. These include eighteen extra appointments at the Department of Computer Science and six at the Department of Mathematics.

Establishing the forthcoming strategic centre at the faculty is also part of the initiative in the area of digitisation.

 

Read more about the overall digitisation initiative

 

 

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