The University

Objectives and strategies for first-class education

Education at Uppsala University is characterised by its association with research. Students acquire up-to-date knowledge as well as the skills and capacity for independent and critical thinking. Highly qualified teaching staff is responsible for the pedagogical quality of education and for ensuring that the education we offer is grounded in scientific and scholarly progress. Together, teachers and students take shared responsibility for creating learning environments characterised by active student participation and engagement. Education at the Master’s level is distinguished by specialised, in-depth teaching and is strategically important in terms of increasing international recruitment of students and for recruitment of students to doctoral programmes.

Doctoral students are instrumental to the long-term development of universities as well as the public and private sectors. They make significant contributions to the University’s research. The education offered in our doctoral programmes gives students the competence and skills to conduct research independently, enables a deep understanding of the subject area, fosters proficiency in disseminating knowledge and enables the learning of others.

Objective

All education will maintain the highest national and international quality and all students will be given the opportunity to acquire first-class knowledge in their subject area as well as general academic skills.

Strategies

  • Our range of courses and programmes will be continually renewed and developed to balance the availability of expertise in a particular subject, changes in the current state of knowledge, student demand, and the needs of society.
  • The range of courses taught in English, internationally oriented courses and programmes with an international perspective will be developed, including at Bachelor’s level.
  • Teaching methods and examination formats will be based on subject specific educational research and developed in interaction between students and teaching staff.
  • A multi-faceted approach to learning will be established so that students acquire both generic and specific theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Students and academic staff take mutual responsibility for their own and others’ learning.
  • A diverse student body will be promoted.
  • The pedagogical competence of academic staff will be continually developed and their scientifically based approach to teaching will be strengthened by means of continuing education and critical reflection.
  • Pedagogical excellence, subject knowledge and experience of educational leadership and development work will be rewarded and given greater weight when recruiting and evaluating academic staff.
  • Leadership at all levels provides the prerequisites to maintain and develop research-based knowledge in teaching and learning.
  • Educational infrastructure and support functions will be developed to assist in the best possible way and to meet students’ individual backgrounds.

Objective

All students will be given the opportunity to acquire critical thinking skills, a scientific approach and attitude, and fundamental ethical principles.

Strategies

  • The content of education and teaching will be renewed on a continuous basis so that it reflects current research results and methods, and also highlights global perspectives.
  • Students’ ability to formulate and solve problems, to argue, evaluate and disseminate knowledge, will be challenged in all educational offerings.
  • Students and academic staff will take shared responsibility for ensuring that the ethical aspects of all educational offerings are illuminated.
  • The experience of students and academic staff from different social and cultural environments and backgrounds will be actively used.
  • International student exchange will be stimulated, likewise cooperation with other knowledge environments.

Objective

Postgraduate education will be a well-known and attractive choice for the most motivated and qualified students from all over the world, and the proportion of students in postgraduate education will increase.

Strategies

  • The postgraduate programmes offered will be characterised by an in-depth scientific approach and a close association with research. Students will be engaged by, and involved in, on-going research to the greatest degree possible.
  • By conducting independent study, students will acquire in-depth insight into current research and development, as well as sound research ethics.
  • Cooperation and exchanges with other knowledge environments, as well as the public, private and non-profit sectors, will be further developed.
  • Information about the University’s educational offerings will be developed and coordinated in order to reach strategic target groups, and the University will increase its visibility in national and international contexts.
  • Student services and study and career guidance facilities will be developed and continually adapted to postgraduate students’ needs.

Objective

Doctoral education will maintain the highest national and international quality and be a well-known and attractive choice for the most motivated and qualified students from all over the world

Strategies

  • Doctoral students will experience an educational environment that offers qualified supervision, theoretical and methodological courses that strengthen the capability to conduct independent research, and vibrant academic discussion. Research ethics and sound research practice will be continuously stressed.
  • Admission to doctoral education will be in open competition, designed to promote national and international recruitment.
  • Doctoral students will be welcomed in a systematic way with information about the University, local working conditions, and the unique study environment in Uppsala.
  • Doctoral students will be encouraged to participate in national and international academic meetings and to pursue part of their doctoral studies at other higher-education institutions.
  • Doctoral students will be given theoretical knowledge and practical experience of teaching.  
  • Doctoral students will be offered the opportunity to develop general skills and create personal networks that prepare them for a career both within and outside academia.