The document should be seen as the tip of a triangle, where base is formed from the operational plans of the two disciplinary domains. At the central level, the strategies are complemented by a concrete action plan for the next two years, adopted by the Vice-Chancellor.

What are the biggest challenges for the University?

“There are both timeless and time-specific challenges. The former include our dependence upon politics, but also the need for continuous efforts to achieve the highest possible quality in research and education, as well as to recruit the best teachers, researchers, and managers,” says Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding.

How should we respond to these challenges?

“Our central strategies and action plan, as well as the disciplinary domains’ operational plans, aim to identify the challenges and find a way to address them. This must be done in close collaboration between the core activities and the administration, in addition to continuous dialogue between the Senior Management Team, the disciplinary domains/faculties, and the departments.”

What is your vision for the University in 2018?

“We should think freely and innovate, which was the original idea when Stockholm University College was founded, and we should conduct research and provide education of the highest quality.”

The strategies in brief

* Conduct research and provide education of the highest quality.

* Ensure open and transparent recruitment processes of teachers, and place special emphasis on the recruitment of managers and leaders.

* Take a comprehensive approach to the development of our national and international collaboration.

* Provide strong and strategic operational support to the core activities.

Action plans for 2015-2016

The University’s strategy documents are divided into four areas: Research and education, recruitment and continuing professional development, national and international collaboration, and administration and operational support. The University’s action plan for 2015-2016 has the same division. Each area lists 10-20 specific measures based on the strategies’ more general descriptions. A few examples of these measures are to announce more interdisciplinary funding, develop the quality assurance system for education, stimulate the creation of a Junior Faculty, and develop a long-term plan for facility management.

The two disciplinary domains have used a similar structure in their operational plans. The four areas briefly describe the current situation and important challenges, followed by a list of measures to be implemented. A few examples from science are to perform a more in-depth analysis of completion rates, consider providing a few BA programmes in English, and make plans for a mathematics and theory centre in the southern part of Albano.

Measures in the humanities and social sciences include the strengthening of research collaboration across faculties, increased international recruitment of teachers and researchers, as well as further development of work on infrastructure issues.