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Congratulations to Central and Western Jutland

By Helge Sander, Chairman of the External Council at AU Herning, Aarhus University


The area of Central and Western Jutland is now home to a small section of the prestigious Stanford University. The new research unit opens new doors to conducting high-level research and establishing collaborations with both private businesses and public organisations.

As former Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, I am extremely pleased that Aarhus University’s department in Central and Western Jutland (AU Herning) has started cooperating with one of the world’s leading universities – the prestigious Stanford University. Together the two universities have opened a new department at AU Herning, the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab.

This new research unit will be the primary driver for joint research projects and collaborations with the business community, and several researchers from both Stanford and AU Herning are affiliated with the lab. The collaboration between AU Herning and Stanford University opens new doors both for the Danish business community and AU Herning, which now have access to research on the highest international level.

Central and Western Jutland should be proud to be selected as the location for the establishment of a Stanford University unit, which will give way to new and unique interplays between private businesses and public organisations on one hand and researchers from the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab on the other.

Danes are interesting to Stanford

The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab is a research unit concerned with the field of peace innovation based on analyses of large amounts of data and behaviour and business models. The research conducted at the new Stanford Peace Innovation Lab in Herning will be focused on the areas of food, transport, health, urban production and innovation. And a range of regional, national and international projects are already in the pipeline.

To the researchers from Stanford, and to the 20 other research environments that are part of Stanford’s global network of Peace Innovation Labs, Denmark is a very interesting country to study and use in comparative studies of other countries. On several occasions, Danes have been named the world’s happiest population, and both peace and conflict have a different significance in Denmark than in other countries. That is why the rest of the world are eager to learn from us. We should be very proud to be selected as Stanford’s collaborator.

A big step for the area

Stanford University has fostered some of the world’s prominent leader and companies. So, while it may be a small step for Stanford to open a unit in Denmark, for Central and Western Jutland it is a very big step that paves the way for unique opportunities to conduct ground-breaking research, for student and researcher exchange across boarders and not least for new business collaborations. 

I am looking very much forward to tracking the development of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, and I hope the research collaboration will be a fruitful venture for the community and small, medium-sized and large companies alike.