DTU hires a Vice Dean of Education, and it will be a familiar face both at the university and in parts of the business community who will assume the role on 1 February.
Friday 19 January 2024
Simon Koefoed Toft
Jens Ø. Duus comes from a position as professor, Head of Section and Head of Studies at DTU Chemistry. In his new position, he will report to Dean of Education Lars D. Christoffersen. Jens Ø. Duus was previously head of the Danish NMR center at the Carlsberg Laboratory. NMR is a type of spectroscopy used to study the structure of molecules
The combination of a background in the private sector and experience with both research and education of future graduates makes Duus a strong asset in the development of the university's education programs, says President of DTU, Anders Bjarklev:
"It is key for an elite technical university to be in touch with what is in demand in the industry and what competencies will be important in five and 10 years. When you add to that a thorough understanding of teaching methods and technologies, you have a great capacity in our work to deliver Europe's best engineering education," says Anders Bjarklev.
Digital skills in focus
In collaboration with Dean Lars D. Christoffersen, Jens Ø. Duus will help maintain and strengthen DTU's leading role in the development of the engineering profession, whether it is the development of new master's programs, digital engineering programs or the establishment of programs throughout the country.
"When I talk to employers in the industry, they mention the importance of our students being knowledgeable about data and programming and being able to use these skills as a natural tool, whether they're doing chemistry, construction or other things. This is completely in line with the new polytechnical foundation and with the university's ambitions when it comes to digitalization," says Jens Ø. Duus.
At the same time, Jens Ø. Duus becomes head of the teaching center DTU Learning Lab, where he will be in charge of the further development and implementation of innovative teaching methods and technologies at DTU.
For example, the task of developing digital learning resources and integrating technology into teaching is central.
"We need to activate all the knowledge we have about which teaching methods work. In everything else we do, engineers are very data-driven, and we can transfer that to teaching. This is how we ensure that we can provide the best possible teaching based on the experience gained both here at the university and elsewhere," says Jens Ø. Duus.
About Jens Ø. Duus
Graduated M.Sc. from DTU, 1989
Graduated Ph.D. from DTU, 1993
Head of the NMR Center at the Carlsberg Laboratory, 1997 - 2012