The General Assembly of Part-Owners (GAPO) of the European Humanities University (EHU) appointed former Administrative director at the Aarhus University in Denmark Jørgen Jørgensen, as EHU Acting Rector, starting October 3.
According to the Chair of EHU GAPO, President of the Eurasia Foundation Horton Beebe-Center: “EHU is doubly fortunate in having Mr. Jørgensen join the university as Acting Rector. First, he brings extraordinary experience in academic and educational administration, plus deep knowledge of international cooperation to the job – precisely talents EHU needs at this juncture. And second, Mr. Jørgensen’s appointment has been made possible through the efforts and generosity of the government of Sweden, one of EHU’s greatest partners. I wish Mr. Jørgensen success in this assignment and look forward to working closely with him”.
Search of the Acting Rector was conducted in close cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which actively supports University and administers financial support on behalf of the European Union to EHU. According to Mirja Peterson, SIDA’s Head of Division for Environment, Market Development and Eastern Europe: “Professional experience of Mr. Jørgensen is what EHU needs at the moment. We expect his coming to the University to stabilize the foundation for EHU’s further development”.
Before coming to EHU Jørgen Jørgensen served as Administrative director at the Aarhus University, Denmark’s second largest university. Prior to that Mr. Jørgensen fulfilled his career at the Danish Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of the Interior and Health, Copenhagen city municipality, and for over 20 years Mr. Jørgensen served as Chief Executive Officer at Denmark’s leading hospitals, including Bispebjerg Hospital and Rigshospitalet, being responsible for implementation of structural, financial and organizational reforms not least due to a strict budget policy and a consistent growth of the research budget.
Acting Rector highlights the importance of continuity, stability, and transparency in the period of EHU's transition to sustainable financial operation and planning. Mr. Jørgensen stresses: "I have the privilege to have been selected to bridge the development of EHU between the preceding and the coming permanent Rector. During this period we shall, in cooperation with all friends and supporters of EHU, seek to establish a healthy and permanent financial basis for the growth and further development of this unique institution, which is needed more than ever in the Belarusian society".
Mr. Jørgensen earned his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. During his managerial career he also completed the European Health Leadership Program at France’s prestigious business school INSEAD.