Per Bruun Brockhoff appointed new Vice-Chancellor of the IT University of Copenhagen
Department Head at DTU Compute, Per Bruun Brockhoff, will take office as Vice-Chancellor of the IT University on September 1, 2022.
The 57-year-old Professor of Statistics and Head of DTU Compute, Per Bruun Brockhoff, will take over the position of Vice-Chancellor at the IT University of Copenhagen.
The past five years, Per Bruun Brockhoff has led DTU Compute – DTU’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science – managing a staff of some four hundred employees.
“I am proud and pleased that a strong profile like Per Bruun Brockhoff will lead ITU in the years to come. Per is an enthusiastic and visionary leader with a solid international research background and experience facilitating growth in an organization. I look forward to working with him on the future development of ITU’s research activities and the education of more IT specialists which society so sorely needs. With its interdisciplinary academic profile, ITU occupies a unique position in Danish higher education, and Per Bruun Brockhoff is the right man to lead the university,” says Chairman of the Board at ITU, Carsten Gomard.
ITU’s interdisciplinary approach to IT education and research is what attracted Per Bruun Brockhoff to the institution.
“ITU’s contribution to Danish higher education and society as a whole is unique, and I look forward to leading the university. In my work as researcher and educator, I have always relied on an interdisciplinary approach to data and methodology. Now, more than ever, there is a great need in society for ITU’s interdisciplinary approach to IT, combining technology, digital design, and business and management. I look forward to carrying on and further developing that tradition, so we can ensure responsibly developed and technologically sound IT solutions that provide businesses and Danish society in general with immense value,” says Per Bruun Brockhoff, who is also adamant about pursuing ITU’s strategic goal of educating more IT professionals in the coming years:
“I intend to fight passionately for more study places at ITU, so we can educate even more IT professionals, both the technically specialized graduates and those with a broader set of IT competencies.”
Academic career with an emphasis on leadership
Per Bruun Brockhoff received his master's degree from the Department of Theoretical Statistics, Institute of Mathematics, Aarhus University in 1991. He received his PhD in statistics from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) in 1995 and continued his academic career at KVL until 2004, when he was appointed professor at DTU.
Throughout his career, Per Bruun Brockhoff has focused his attention on education and counselling. He was nominated for the DTU Teacher of the Year Award numerous times and has also received a nomination for PhD Supervisor of the Year. He was a first mover in exploring the potential in online teaching, and he has produced more than 1,200 educational videos with more than a million views.
In addition to his management obligations and his work as a researcher, Per Bruun Brockhoff has also been deeply invested in entrepreneurship and innovation. He has been the driving force behind a long line of collaborative projects with largescale national and international private sector actors in an effort to bridge the gap between research and private enterprise.
In recent years, Per Bruun Brockhoff has been active in promoting the digital agenda in Denmark. He has among other things served as member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) and ATV’s digital advisory council, DigitalLead – Denmark's cluster organization for digital technologies – and has worked alongside the board of DIREC – Digital Research Center Denmark.
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