Aarhus University (AU) was founded in 1928. It has 37.500 students; about 1.900 PhD students – of which one in four has a foreign nationality – and close to 700 postdoctoral scholars together with 8,000 employees AU has four faculties – Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus Faculty of Health Sciences and Aarhus School of Business & Social Sciences. The faculties cover the entire research spectrum – basic research, applied research, strategic research and research based advice to the authorities. In recent years AU has been moving up the most important university ranking lists. In 2014 the university was number 68 at the Leiden Ranking, number 96 at the QS World University Ranking, and number 153 of 17,000 universities on the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Internationalisation is part of the University’s mission and it continuously works to strengthen the international profile of the University through a series of initiatives which will increase international research partnerships and the number of international students.
Internationalization is part of the University’s mission and it continuously works to strengthen the international profile of the University through a series of initiatives which will increase international research partnerships and the number of international students. AU has been/is participating in 278 FP7-projects and has received 29 ERC-grants and 69 Marie Curie-grants.
The Dept. of Aesthetics and Communication (DAC) belongs to the Faculty of Arts and offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: Aesthetics, Literature, Information and media studies, Linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the Arts.
Research on DAC is organized in 8 transdisciplinary research programmes. The Research Programme on Globalization, Migration and Memory (GME), led by Hans Lauge Hansen, includes 35 researchers from different fields within the Humanities. The field of memory studies is a stronghold at the AU in general and within the GME research programme the Research Unit on Comparative Memory Studies includes researchers from fields such as Comparative Literature, Theater Studies, History and Balkan, British, German, Italian and Spanish Cultural Studies.