External Council

The AU Herning External Council consists of politicians and business people from Central and Western Jutland. The purpose of the external council is to strengthen BTECH’s collaboration with both public institutions and private companies in the local area. Chairman of the council is Helge Sander, former Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation. Other members of the council are:

  • Anders Kühnau
    (Chair of the Regional Council, Central Denmark Region)
  • Carsten Kissmeyer
    (2. deputy chair of the Regional Council, Central Denmark Region)
  • Dorte West
    (Mayor of Herning Municipality)
  • Ib Lauritsen
    (Mayor of Ikast-Brande Municipality)
  • H.C. Østerby
    (Mayor of Holstebro Municipality)
  • Erik Flyvholm
    (Mayor of Lemvig Municipality)
  • Hans Østergaard
    (Mayor of Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality)
  • Niels Viggo Lynghøj
    (Mayor of Struer Municipality)
  • Peder Chr. Kirkegaard
    (Mayor of Skive Municipality
  • Kenneth Iversen
    (Founder of AUHE MidtVest's Støttefond, etc.)
  • Helge Albertsen
    (Chairman of the Danish Metalworkers’ Union)
  • Jens Friis Bak
    (Medical Director of the Regional Hospital West Jutland)
  • Per H. Lauritsen
    (Head of Research at Siemens Wind Power and Chairman at AUHE MidtVEst's Støttefond)
  • Jan Bendix
    (Director and owner of Jan Bendix A/S)
  • Lone Sunesen
    (Director, TV MidtVest)
  • Carsten Thygesen
    (Director Carsten Thygesen Holding)
  • Thomas Pallesen
    (Dean, Aarhus BSS)
  • Morten Rask
    (Vice-Dean, Aarhus BSS)
  • Finn Borchsenius
    (Vice-Dean Faculty of Technical Sciences)
  • Anders Frederiksen
    (Head of Department, BTECH)
  • Mikkel Nørgaard
    (Head of Secretariat, BTECH)
  • Rasmus Eriksen
    (Communications Consultant, Aarhus BSS)



The aim of the External Council is to contribute to the development of BTECH into a powerhouse for knowledge and innovation in Central and Western Jutland. The council will focus on making BTECH an even more attractive place of study by strengthening the department’s relation with the business community.

Also, the External Council will provide inspiration for how the students can bring their knowledge into play and contribute to growth and prosperity in the area. BTECH aims to be in tune with the demands of the students and their future employers, and so the external council must also contribute with knowledge about which research areas and study programmes are relevant and in demand in the region.

The work of the External Council supplements the work of the employer panels and other of the department’s councils.