29 October 2015

MEDIA: "Danish research risks being left behind"


UCPH Provost for Research & Innovation warns against the Danish government's financial cuts to research and higher education.

The Danish government's 2016 budget proposal includes cuts of billions of Kroner to research. 

Thomas Bjørnholm, UCPH's Provost for Research and Innovation, and former head of Center for Synthetic Biology, warns what the proposed savings will leave Danish research behind in the global knowledge race.

In an article in the Danish newspaper, Politiken, he argues that the decision could end up jeopardising the many years of work it has taken to create successful, world-class Danish universities.

Not only that, but the financial cutbacks are bad for the whole of Denmark, Bjørnholm warns. Denmark owes its social, economic and business growth to its sucess as a 'knowledge economy'. Excellent research from public institutions is often supported and marketed by industry, proving how public research accelerates innovation and growth. Cuts in research will constrain this partnership, thereby damaging the knowledge-economy on which Denmark relies.

Read the full article here (in Danish)