UIC Seminar: University History - AU 90

UIC Seminar: University History - AU 90

University Historian Palle Lykke gives an overview of AU's 90 year history. What is the story behind its establishment, faculties, successive types of university management, and architecture?


The UIC invites everyone to participate in this rich seminar about the historic background of Aarhus University. We are pleased to welcome all connected to the AU as well as their accompanying partners. We can always learn something new about the area in which we are living - and for many, the area in which we are working.


AU 90 years

On September 11, 90 years have passed since the opening of the ‘University Studies in Jutland’, which took place in rented rooms. The staff consisted of just one professor and four lecturers, and 64 students had enrolled.

In 1933, the first yellow brick building of the university was built, and located on what would become the Aarhus university campus – today the largest oak clad park in Denmark. At the inauguration of the first building in 1933, King Christian 10 referred to the institution as ‘Aarhus University’.



  • What was the background for using the name ‘University Studies in Jutland’ from 1928 to 1933 instead of ‘Aarhus University’?
  • What were the reasons for choosing yellow brick stones for the university campus buildings?
  • Why did ‘University Studies’ start out with only teaching language subjects and a philosophical course - and not Medicine, for instance?
  • What was the background for the dismissal of 20 grazing sheep on campus in 1934?
  • Why did Royal Air Force attack and destroy buildings on the campus in 1944?

The answers will be presented along with the general history of the university: funding, establishment, and development of the faculties, mergers, student life, the successive types of university management as well as the internationally famed Aarhus University architecture. Additionally, the university's relation to international students will be touched upon.



University Historian Palle Lykke will introduce us to all these interesting topics concerning Aarhus University, and will answer the questions you may have about the large organisation.


When and where?

24 October 2018, 2 pm - 3.30 pm.

AU International Centre,
Conference Room 1,
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4A,
8000 Aarhus C.
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We kindly ask you to sign up for the seminar.

University International Club (UIC) - H√łegh-Guldbergs Gade 4A - 8000 - Aarhus - (+45) 9352 1580 - lenelassen@au.dk