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Advisory board

About the advisory board:

At the Digital Design and Information Studies programs at Aarhus University, we aim to strengthen our collaboration with companies, organizations, and the business community. To achieve this, we have established an advisory board consisting of carefully selected companies and IT professionals.

The goal is to enhance the quality of our programs through closer collaboration and to increase the relevance and value of our graduates for companies and organizations.

The main focus of the advisory board is the competency needs of the digital job market, quality assurance of the programs, future collaboration opportunities between educators, students, and companies, as well as the job readiness of newly hired candidates.

Current members of the board from 2020 - 2023

Important topics

📌 It is a widespread trend that the digital job market is shifting from a focus on projects to a focus on products.

📌 Initiative and curiosity are sought-after personal skills in interns and newly hired employees.

📌 Recent graduates often struggle to articulate their professional competencies, which complicates the job search process and the dialogue with future employers.

📌 Our graduates are in high demand, and there are plenty of job opportunities out there. However, limited geographic mobility can be a hindrance for recent graduates in exploring job possibilities.

Former members

  • Simon Kiilieich Vedel, Digital Product Manager, A.P. Møller Mærsk

  • Thea S. Borgholm, Leverancechef, Bytelab Forum

  • Martin Krøger, Digital Konsulent, Børn & Unge, Aarhus Kommune

  • Peter Dalsgaard, Senior Development Director, Danske Bank IT group

  • Rune Veerasawmy, Senior Customer Experience Strategist, Impact A/S 

  • Lone Hedegaard Kristensen, Senior Manager, Service Management, Library & Learning, Systematic

  • Thomas Risgaard Hansen, Entreprenør, Kite Invent Aps 

  • Anne Louise Grønnebæk Hansen, Lead Designer, Designit

  • Anders Vang Pedersen, Uddannelsesleder, HHX og HTX Grenaa

  • Lyle Clarke, Sr. Manager, UX Concept, Bang og Olufsen

  • Anne Sophie Warberg Løssing, Concept Developer & Project Manager, YOKE

  • Jesper Harding, CEO & partner, YOKE

  • Martin Dam, Development Manager, Danske Bank IT group

  • Lars Ellegaard, Director of digitalization, GPV Group

  • Pernille Jacobsen, Online Marketing Konsulent, Novicell

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Selected images from spring 2018, where the educational management visited all members.
Foto: Birgitte K. Laursen

Contact the department

Head of department, Morten Breinbjerg, 

Discussion topics

  • Employability
  • Competency needs in the past, present, and future?
  • Internship and thesis writing as a cohesive year
  • Fields of work, employment, and unemployment in education
  • The political reality
  • Dichotomy between the labor market and the education market
  • Educational community
  • Opportunities for collaboration

Meeting and activities

  • 08.06.2023: Panel debate among members for Cand.it i Bakspejlet.
  • 15.03.2023: Advisory Board participates in Career Space and takes part of the talks on the day.
  • 17.11.2022: Meeting with the new advisory board regarding future collaboration.
  • 01.05.2018: Educational management visits all members.
  • 21.03.2017: Company visit for researchers at Danske Bank Development Center, Brabrand.
  • 24.11.2016: Internship and thesis collaboration.
  • 29.06.2016: Employability of the candidates.

The institute's advisory board

At a more general level, the Department of Communication and Culture, which our department is a part of, has established an Advisory Board

View the members here