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University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark welcomed the first students onto its campus in Odense in September 1966. It now has five faculties with more than 32,000 students, almost 20% of whom are from abroad, and more than 4,000 employees distributed across its main campus in Odense and regional campuses in Slagelse, Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg. Several international studies document that SDU conducts world-class research and is one of the top 50 young universities in the world.

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When someone humiliates themselves on TV, you want to look away, but you can’t. Designpics/Getty Images

The unbearable allure of cringe

What does secondhand embarrassment say about your own anxieties and biases?
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (R) light candles in the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints during their visit to the site of a mass grave in Bucha, April 2022. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is proof the EU needs to get better at stopping mass atrocities

The war’s one-year anniversary is eerily close to that of an EU report on the prevention of mass atrocities. Ten years later, its authors reflect on what the bloc could have done differently.

Cars have taken over our neighbourhoods. Kid-friendly superblocks are a way for residents to reclaim their streets

Residential ‘stroads’ – neighbourhood streets that have become rat runs for through traffic – can be turned back into safe, mixed-use streets that put residents’ and children’s needs first.

10 images show just how attractive Australian shopping strips can be without cars

Beautiful shopping streets attract people — and that’s good for business. Images of ten reimagined local shopping streets show how they can become the beautiful hearts of their local communities.
If you want to improve your mental health, start by believing you can. VectorMine/ Shutterstock

Mental health: new study finds simply believing you can do something to improve it is linked with higher wellbeing

Our study shows that people who believe they can do things to improve their mental health have higher wellbeing.
Despite the prevalence of endometriosis, people often live with pain and other symptoms for years before being diagnosed. (Shutterstock)

Endometriosis: How advocacy, awareness and algorithms could shorten the long wait for diagnosis and treatment

People living with endometriosis wait an average of 7.5 years for a diagnosis. Social science researchers are working to identify ways to help reduce this timeline.
Substantial savings could be made by improving everyone’s mental wellbeing. SewCream/ Shutterstock

Mental wellbeing is not just beneficial for you – it can also lead to lower healthcare costs

Our study shows that higher levels of mental wellbeing is associated with less money being spent on health and social care.

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