The University

Objectives and strategies for attaining excellence and benefiting society

Uppsala University’s endeavour to combine academic excellence with providing benefit to society will be grounded in integrity, collegiality, quality and openness. Freedom in education and research will be safeguarded by a collegial system of decision-making and clear leadership in all parts of the organisation.

Well-functioning workplaces are essential to enable the University to conduct world-leading research and provide first-class education. Uppsala University will be an inspiring environment in which every employee and student is able to develop personally, professionally and academically, where a diversity of experience and individual initiatives are nurtured. Cultural heritage, academic traditions and an active student life are important parts of our educational environment.

Education and research will be developed in open dialogue and multi-faceted cooperation with the wider community. Successful cooperation is based on trust in the University as an independent and impartial knowledge organisation and takes its point of departure in the University’s academic integrity. Our staff will conduct and develop cooperation with professional support in the fields of innovation, communication and different forms of contact with society.

Objective

A constant endeavour to attain the highest national and international quality standards will permeate everything we do.

Strategies

  • Quality and renewal will be promoted by means of forward-looking recruitment and competency development, and by supporting and rewarding good performance.
  • Systematic quality assessment and development, with collegial reviews and international comparisons, will be pursued as an integral part of all our activities.
  • The engagement of staff and students and the joint responsibility they take for quality development will be stimulated and facilitated.

Objective

The collegially based organisation will be well-anchored in the entire university and engage all employees.

Strategies

  • Staff will be encouraged to use their professional competence not only for their own part of the organisation’s activities but also for the University in general.
  • Staff and students will be given incentives to undertake governance and management duties, to stand for elected office, and to increase their competence through education and training in cooperation and leadership.
  • Active efforts will be made within the entire University to create and maintain good working conditions, competitive terms, a good work environment, and equality and equal opportunities for staff and students.
  • Recruitment of researchers and teaching staff will be based on collegial assessment of qualifications by experts and appointment committees with scientific and pedagogical expertise in the subject concerned.

Objective

Collaboration with the private, public and non-profit sectors will engage all parts of the university and contribute both to societal development and to the university’s vitality.

Strategies

  • Collaboration will be developed in partnership with external partners by formulating challenges and implementing joint projects and educational elements.
  • The academic staff’s work to convey ideas and research results from the entire University and to make them available for societal benefit and commercialisation will be strengthened.
  • Collaboration will be a more highly valued part of the work of all academic staff.
  • External contract assignments in research and education, especially in continuing professional training, will increase through initiatives at all levels within the University.
  • The exchange of expertise between the University and society will be encouraged and help provide opportunities for the University’s employees.
  • The University’s alumni will be engaged to a greater degree to contribute to the development of education, research and collaboration.
  • Funds donated by individuals and organisations will increase through the development of fundraising activities for education, research and collaboration.
  • Society’s knowledge of, and access to, the University’s educational and research offerings will increase through improved communication, and new activities and arenas for dialogue.
  • The University’s museums, collections and other parts of our cultural heritage will be made accessible in order to develop new forms of collaboration.

Objective

Support functions and infrastructure will meet the university’s needs and external prerequisites.

Strategies

  • Administrative working methods and systems will be developed with a focus on quality and on effective and user-friendly support.
  • The University Library and other information resources will be developed in step with technical and other advances.
  • University premises and the physical infrastructure will be developed and adapted to changing needs.
  • Models for prioritising and funding large-scale infrastructure projects will be developed.
  • The University’s museums and collections will be developed to a greater degree as a resource for teaching and research.
  • Support for collaboration and commercialisation will be developed so as to utilise research results to the benefit of society and to contribute to greater exchange of knowledge with external partners.

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