This Week in Schools: More graduates using mentors

KU seeking more professionals to meet growing demand

The right mentor can make a huge difference (photo: iStock) The right mentor can make a huge difference (photo: iStock)
February 6th, 2016 7:00 am| by Lucie Rychla

A growing number of students at the University of Copenhagen (KU) are seeking the assistance of a professional mentor to help them navigate their future careers.

Some 462 graduate students applied for a mentor in 2015 – an annual 28 percent increase. The programs tend to last 6-10 months.

Shortage of mentors
As things stand, there is currently a shortage of mentors. KU only has 220 on its books and is accordingly aiming to add more professionals to its ranks.
Among the mentors are employees at the Foreign Ministry, Novo Nordisk and the Red Cross.

Lots of benefits
While many companies volunteer their services to fulfil their CSR commitment, there are also benefits.

“Some companies see it as an opportunity to get fresh ideas,” said Tania Schwartz, the head of alumni relations & outreach, which co-ordinates the KU mentor programs.


CIS’s new literary mag
Copenhagen International School has launched an online literary and cultural magazine called ‘Blyant’ (Pencil in Danish). The magazine showcases the creative work of students from the middle school, who post their poems, short stories, and non-fiction articles as well as reviews of cultural events.

SDU’s 50th anniversary
The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a number of commemorative events, including a festival of research. An event at SDU on September 15, the actual anniversary date, will invite the 180 students who made up the university’s first class in 1966.

Teacher lay-offs
Over 100 teachers at upper-secondary across the country have been laid off this month due to the government’s austerity measures, reports DR. More redundancies are expected to follow as the gymnasiums bid to cut 8.3 percent of their total costs by 2017 – and 12 percent by 2019.

CBS confirms report
Allegations of inappropriate activities and behaviour encouraged by organisers on a Copenhagen Business School fresher trip have been confirmed as true. CBS has let those responsible off with a caution and ruled that spirits, nudity and sexually-charged activities will be banned on future trips.

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