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UiB adopts new digital strategy

The University of Bergen is taking another step into the digital world, creating a more open and efficient university.

Media City Bergen

Media City Bergen
THE DIGITAL UNIVERSITY: UiB has approved a new strategy for digitalisation. Being a part of the media cluster Media City Bergen is one of the pillars in the university’s digitalisation project.
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On 20 October 2016, the University Board at the University of Bergen (UiB) approved a new strategy of digitalisation. Knut Helland, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences has acted as one of the project leaders.

He is satisfied that this new strategy for digitalisation underpins one of the main pillars of UiB’s overall strategy for 2016–2022, putting production of knowledge at the core of the university’s activities.

“Tools, methods and knowledge on how to develop and disseminate research-based knowledge is important for the university. Digitalisation and modern communication technology change these tools and methods, creating new knowledge, new understanding and innovation,” says the dean.

Read the strategy here (PDF)

UiB has been offering new digital solutions to students, researchers and others, for example digital examination and open online courses as well as the new learning platform “Mitt UiB”.

The DigUiB programme focuses on new digital solutions at the university. DigUiB is working towards the establishment of a digital learning and communication lab in the media cluster Media City Bergen, which opens in 2017.

“Assembling the best digital resources in the cluster will put the university and our partners at the forefront of digital trends,” says Helland.

Cloud-tech and usability

The strategy applies these strategies to reach UiB’s goals on digitalisation:

  • Digitalisation of infrastructure: All employees, students and guests will have access to digital services, cloud-technology will be developed, as well as further digital developments of classrooms and education methods.
  • User-oriented digital services: Digital services lose their worth when not used. Digital services will be self-explanatory for the users.
  • A digitally inviting university: digitalisation must be a tool of opening up UiB to society as well as paving the way for more collaboration on research and education.

Paperless university by 2020

In addition, the strategy aims to automatize UiB to a higher degree, which involves more self-automated service. One goal is to remove the use of paper in UiB’s administration by 2020.

Increasing digitalisation is likely to change both work methods and the organisation of the university, something that could be challenging for both employees and the organisation as a whole.

“We must be able to detect and apply new technologies and methods across the organisation. If we are to reach our goals in digitalisation, we need to react and adapt quicker than we do today,” Knut Helland says.