UiB at a crossroad
In April 2011 the board of the University of Bergen adopted the university’s strategy for the next four years. Amongst the goals is an even stronger international presence.
The main goal of the new strategy is to position and strengthen the University of Bergen (UiB) as an internationally acclaimed research university.
The strategy outlines the current situation at UiB, upcoming challenges and what measures to implement to face up to future challenges.
A strategic tool
The strategy points out how to achieve the main goal of being an internationally acclaimed research university. This suggests strategic choices on a number of levels – in recruitment, organisation and collaboration on the one hand and publishing, teaching and communication on the other hand.
– I am satisfied with the results. This creates a solid foundation for UiB’s further progress as an internationally acclaimed research university. We will prioritise quality, UiB Rector Sigmund Grønmo says.
The strategy emphasises five overarching goals for research, research education, training, community dialogue and the university as organisation and employer. The measures linked to the main goals are described in the strategy.
As an example, one main objective is that the university shall advance research of high quality broadly within the university’s specialist disciplines. One way to achieve this is to develop criteria to identify research of particularly high quality.
UiB’s new strategy stresses the importance of international collaboration. This work will thus be integrated into all of the university’s operations and involve all parts of the organisation. This means a more active collaboration with foreign research institutions and greater mobility of staff and students across borders.
In April 2011 the UiB board also adopted a new plan for UiB’s international activities to supplement the overall strategy. Work on this international plan started in 2010 and was led by Astri Andresen, vice rector for international relations at UiB.
The international plan is rooted in the university’s strategy document. The strategy means that the international dimension of research, education and management will continue and will be expanded. The international plan points out measures to promote this and applies to all of UiB.