Management – University of Copenhagen

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Universitetsdirektør Jesper Olesen, rektor Henrik C. Wegener, prorektor for uddannelse Lykke Friis, prorektor for forskning Thomas Bjørnholm.

Executive Management: University Director Jesper Olesen, Rector Henrik C. Wegener, Prorector for Education Lykke Friis, Prorector for Research & Innovation Thomas Bjørnholm.



The Board is the University’s highest authority, and its mandate is to safeguard the University’s interests as a research and educational institution.

Top day-to-day management

The head of the University is the Rector, who is appointed by the Board. As the top day-to-day management, the Rector, the two Prorectors and the University Director are responsible to the Board.

Faculty and department management

The main academic subject areas, the faculties, are managed by deans, with departments managed by department heads.

Mission and vision


UCPH is a knowledge and culture-bearing institution, which, based on independence of research and research-based education at the highest level, provides a framework for critical thinking, insights and a quest for truth for the benefit of society.


UCPH wants to be among the world's best universities measured by quality of research and education and to be recognised for excellence and intellectual creativity.


Press enquiries contact Director of Communication
Jasper Steen Winkel,

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The purpose of the University of Copenhagen’s strategy is to set the framework and direction for the University's ongoing development.