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  • 14 February 2011

Bech-Bruun advises University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Bech-Bruun has advised the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in a case against the Danish Ministry of Education and the Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation concerning an extensive relocation of premises, which should result in the construction of a brand new faculty at SDU.

In the summer of 2008, SDU entered into an agreement with the Danish government, in accordance with which the Danish state should construct a campus for SDU's technical faculty in Odense. The building costs of the new building were to be partially financed by the sale of the buildings in which SDU's engineer courses are currently housed. The purchase sum was fixed at DKK 337.1 million. The agreement was conditional upon the approval by the Danish Parliament's Financial Committee of the relevant documentation. In April 2010, the Danish government advised that the documentation would not be drafted and presented to the Financial Committee, as the value of the buildings had, in the meantime, fallen substantially and that, accordingly, there was a shortfall of DKK 100 million in the financing of the building project.

After the case was taken up in the Danish Parliament, the Danish government has advised that the Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation will finance the DKK 100 million shortfall and the relocation of premises will take place. SDU will, hereafter, be placed in the same position as envisaged in the agreement.

The outcome was very positive and is, moreover, of substantial significance to SDU's development.

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