One year with the bulleted list – what's happening?
The Teknat newsletter takes the pulse of the Faculty's work with the list of 17 items for the term 2017-2020. The work shows good momentum with some additions along the way, according to Johan Tysk, Vice-Rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology.
It sounds as if the bulleted list has changed?
“Yes, in the sense that the existing items have expanded. Take for example education, where we will start a new Bachelor Programme in Biomedical Engineering in fall. I’d also like to mention that we will receive support from the Vice-Chancellor to start a Master Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management in fall 2020. At all major technical centres of learning, this tend to be the most sought-after program, and of course we should have such a program. This is something that was not included on the list of 17 items from the beginning.”
Any other items you want to highlight?
“Another one is that the Faculty now has a deepened regional collaboration. I think there is a new positivism in the region and a clear interest in cooperating with us from both the regional and municipal side. There is a much clearer interest in a broader industry. One of the concepts that are being discussed is AM, additive manufacturing, where our faculty comes in as a key partner. It's becoming more and more obvious that we have common interests, which applies to all levels of our faculty. For our students, the benefits of a broadened industry are obvious, such as for Bachelor and Master degree projects. From a recruitment standpoint, not least research collaborations, our faculty’s appeal also increases with a rich and advanced industry.”
“As Chairman of the steering committee of Development Plan 2050, I get continuous information about the plans for municipal growth. The fact that we can link arms and feel that our faculty is also included in the region's dynamic development is very exciting. If we can make improvements in this area, we will also become more attractive globally.“
Speaking of global attractiveness, how does the work on internationalization proceed?
“With regard to internationalization of education, we have a focus that goes together with our idea about 1 000 fee paying students in 2025, and that is to have a broader range of advanced courses. A richer offering of courses with more international perspectives will also benefit our own students. They will be bilingual by the time they enter their chosen fields of work. Within a few years, I also believe that many of the final parts of the master programmes in engineering will be held in English. The final two years may turn into separate master programmes, which is also good from a recruitment perspective. We have discussed it within the Faculty Board and such ideas have been put forward. Then we'll see how soon it will happen. I think this is a positive development.”
“In addition, we’ll become more synchronized in our work with internationalization issues. We shall establish a conscious organization from central level down to our faculty, perhaps all the way down to the level of educational programmes. But the initiatives must be coordinated under a clear strategy. The Faculty has set up a working group with Marcus Lindahl at Engineering Sciences as Chairman, who will study these internationalization issues. Not least because a directive from the Parliament is expected, strengthening the commitment of the universities when it comes to these issues.”
One of the items concerning research on the list is “ÖB”, a review of basic funding for research – how is this work progressing?
“The next Faculty Board will include a proposal on how to initiate a review of the allocation to all our research programmes. Right now, the proposal is being formulated, but it is clear that excellence in research is an important component. It is an important work we have in front of us, and we will devote great energy to ÖB19 and how we allocate basic funding, so that the process can be used for the next research operational plan.”
See the Faculty's 17 items list (in Swedish)