Danish Coverage

This page offers you a selection of the most important articles from the Danish media debates about the Koldau Case and the scandalous situation at Danish universities.

You will find links and pdf-files from:

  1. the media debate in June/July 2011, focussing on the low quality of Danish humanistic university education;
  2. the media debate in February-May 2012, focussing on the anti-democratic structures of New Public Management universities (especially the violation of the staff’s right to freedom of speech), on questionable management methods and low quality university education.

An extended list of the most important debate articles of the 2012 debate – including links to the articles – is found on the web site of the Aarhus Studenterråd.

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Media debate in 2011: Low quality in humanistic university education

  • Hjem til Aarhus, by Klaus Wivel, Weekendavisen, leading article, 1 June, 2011, p. 1 and 4.
  • Reply to “Hjem til Aarhus”, by the staff of the Department of Musicology, Aarhus University, Weekendavisen, 10 June, 2011
  • The Musicology students’ reply to Wivel’s article “Hjem til Aarhus”, Weekendavisen, 17 June, 2011
  • Koldau’s reply to the students, Weekendavisen, 24 June, 2011
  • Hjem til Jante (letter to the editor at Weekendavisen, describing how the Danish Jantelov mentality makes life and work unbearable for headhunted foreigners), by Juliane Steffen M.A., Copenhagen (German translation with comments: click here)
  • Det subtile barbari, by prof. Jeffrey Kurtzman, Weekendavisen, 17 June, 2011, p. 12f.
  • Professor: Dansk humaniora er en skandale” by Linda Maria Koldau, Politiken, 12 June, 2011 (German translation with comments: click here)
  • Mayday, mayday, humaniora synker” by Bjørn Bredal, Politiken, 18 June, 2011
  • Hele verden er en scene, by Klaus Wivel, Weekendavisen, 1 July, 2011, p. 1 and 4.
  • Refleksioner over universitetet by Mette Christensen, student at Aarhus University, on the blog “en fin de compte”, 1 July, 2011

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Media debate in 2012: Questionable management methods, suppression of the academic staff’s right to freedom of speech, top-down university management, low educational quality, chicanery and bullying at university

Articles connected with the Koldau Case and Koldau’s criticism since June 2012

  • Université et liberté d’expression au Danemark (French article on the right to freedom of speech in Denmark) by Anne Albinus on the blog Anne Eftertanke, 3 June, 2012
  • 7 om en søndag: Universiteternes misere, by Claus Bryld, Jyllands-Posten, 10 June, 2012
  • Rettigheder kan frit krænkes – Ombudsmanden, Forskerforum og de offentlige ansattes retssikkerhed by professor Linda Maria Koldau, Aarhus University, on the blog Forskningsfrihed?, 30 August, 2012
  • Fra Forskning til Fusk by Poul Pilgaard Johnsen, Weekendavisen, 28 September, 2012
  • Den skandaløse Aarhus-historie by Katrine Winkel Holm, Jyllands-Posten, 27 October, 2012
  • Professor – Farvel til Jante Universitet, by Dorrit Saietz, Politiken, 1 November, 2012
  • Hvem er bedst? Universiteternes top-ti by Sven Hakon Rossel, Berlingske Tidende, 8 November, 2012
  • Kan man som universitetsansat frit ytre sig? by Jakob Rosenkrantz, Ingeniøren, 17 November, 2012
  • Studerende – fagligheden daler by Jørgen Rye and Troels Østerlund Madsen, Jyllands-Posten, 28 November, 2012
  • Et drømmebillede, leading debate article, Jyllands-Posten, 28 November, 2012
  • Lad os nu endelig debattere fakta by dean Mette Thunø, Aarhus University, 29 November, 2012
  • Afskedssalut fra professor: Vidensforfald i Danmark by Axel Pihl-Andersen, Jyllands-Posten, 29 November, 2012
  • Fagligheden er stadig vigtig by Peter Hedegaard-Degn, Jyllands-Posten, 2 December, 2012
  • Efter Koldau leading debate article, Jyllands-Posten, 2 December, 2012
  • Der er håb efter Koldau by Steen Kaargaard Nielsen, Jyllands-Posten, 4 December, 2012
  • Om at debattere fakta by Jørgen Knudsen, Jyllands-Posten, 7 December, 2012
  • Dansk folkelighed og dansk dannelse by Thue Kjærhus, director of Rønshoved Højskole, Jyllands-Posten, 28 December, 2012
  • Linda Koldau som katalysator by Mikael Busch, Jyllands-Posten, 2 January, 2013
  • Ingen offergaver på Aarhus Universitet by Michael Christiansen, Chair of the Aarhus University Board, Jyllands-Posten, 4 January, 2012
  • Problemknuseren?, by Johs. H. Christensen, Jyllands-Posten, 8 January, 2012
  • Historieforfalskning i DDR-stil by associate prof.s Charlotte Rørdam Larsen and Steen Kaargaard Nielsen, Aarhus University, Jyllands-Posten, 8 January, 2012
  • Inkompetent ledelse by associate professor em. Carsten Breengaard, Aarhus University, 8 January, 2012
  • Deutsche Kritik an dänischer Uni by Frank Jung, Flensburger Zeitung, 11 January, 2013
  • Leder: Tværfaglighed, leading debate article, Jyllands-Posten, 17 January, 2012
  • Niveauet er også lavt på danskstudiet, by Christoffer Bugge Harder, ph.d. student at Copenhagen University, Politiken, 26 February, 2012
  • Talentprogram, leading debate article, Jyllands-Posten, 19 March, 2012
  • Hæv niveauet på humaniora by professor Linda Maria Koldau, Kiel University, Berlingske Tidende, 22 March, 2012

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