Millions for research projects

Business Academy Aarhus is collaborating with a wide range of companies and knowledge institutions concerning various research projects, which are worth more than 24 million DKK.

A more eco-friendly method for the screening of undesirable chemicals in our everyday lives. An app for the treatment of childhood leukaemia. Glasses with Internet access for improved efficiency in the agricultural industry. A structure for effective staff development programmes. A new method for the purification of rainwater. These are just some of the 16 research projects currently being carried out at the Academy in collaboration with 600 students, 35 teachers and 30 companies.

Millions

In the national budget for 2013, business academies were especially earmarked funds for research, which is new for this sector. 52.3 million DKK has been allocated each year from 2013 to 2015 for the country’s nine academies, 8.1 million or a total of 24.3 million for Business Academy Aarhus. The money must be used to create relevant and needs-orientated knowledge that is close to practice and not nearly as theoretical and abstract as research in universities can be. The aim is to raise the quality of the educational programmes and contribute to growth in the business community.

‘We do applied research and focus on application. The new knowledge must be able to be used directly in business, professions and among students and teachers on our programmes,’ says Head of Research and Innovation Hanne Troels Jensen from Business Academy Aarhus.

The link between knowledge, education and the labour market

The Minister for Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen (R,) is looking forward to the results of the academies’ research.

‘In the future, significantly more young people will need to find jobs in the private sector, and a large part of the educational programmes specifically taught at the academies target these jobs. The academies are already good at cooperating with the business world. I trust that the researchers will also manage this as well and actively involve students,’ says Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

Thinking ahead about knowledge

Systematic A/S is one of the companies that is participating in research collaboration with Business Academy Aarhus. The company produces advanced software applications for among others, Defence Command Denmark, intelligence agencies, libraries and the health sector. Keeping abreast with the latest knowledge and technological development is a must for the employees, but the company would like to become even better.

‘We live by being innovative and always being one step ahead. Therefore, we must ensure that our employees, who are typically specialists with a Master’s degree, are up to date with the latest knowledge. The challenge is the speed with which we must gain new knowledge if we are to keep up with the market and trends – and this is increasing constantly,’ says Dorte Gade, Group Senior Vice President, Business Support Services from Systematic, Denmark’s largest private software company.

In cooperation with the Academy, the company will now develop and test new ways to increase the employees’ curiosity for obtaining new knowledge and give them more influence in how they can become even better.

‘The goal is not to get more people to take various courses or do further training. It is to increase their motivation and the speed at which our employees acquire knowledge and to get them to take more interest in their own and the company's long-term development,’ explains Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Tobias Viskum Hogaard from Systematic. Systematic has branches in Europe, America, Australia with headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark.

Facts about the academies new research tasks

The country’s nine academies have, as something new, been awarded a research support grant. For the country’s third largest business academy, Business Academy Aarhus this means a grant of more than 24 million DKK up until 2015. The grant is earmarked for applied research in collaboration with knowledge institutions and the business sector. At the moment there are sixteen projects in Aarhus. 600 students, 35 teachers and 30 companies, including the Knowledge Centre for Agriculture, Systematic A/S and Aarhus University Hospital, are involved in these projects.

For further information contact Head of Research and Innovation, Hanne Troels Jensen.