The first round of collecting proposals for the strategic plan has finished
During one and a half months, proposals for the strategic plan were collected via webpage, preparation principles of the strategic plan were introduced at the meetings in faculties, and the targets of the university were discussed at think tanks of young scientists and lecturers.
During six weeks, 46 proposals came via the web form regarding the university strategic plan to be prepared, 32 of which were in Estonian and 14 in English. Mostly employees expressed their opinion (32) but also students (9), graduates and people otherwise related to the university (4) sent their proposals. As to content, there were general proposals and those taking a wider look at the mission of the university as well as more specific proposals, e.g. related to organisation of work or studies.
The Vice-Rector for Development Erik Puura, who is leading the preparation process of the strategic plan, has promised to consider all proposals and discuss them with the committee. Subsequently, the Marketing and Communications Department will systemize the proposals and give them to the strategic plan committee. The strategic plan committee will come together again at the end of August, feedback on proposals will be given in September.
However, if there is someone who could not make their proposals, then they can still do it quickly as the web form is yet available on the university’s webpage.
On 18 June, the think tank of young people focused on the quality of studies and development of and caring about people. It was suggested that decrease in the number of student candidates due to demographic reasons will offer the possibility to improve the quality of studies by committing more to studying and research. Visibility at international level and social responsibility was considered to be essential. The university should still be leader in thinking and direction indicator in Estonia, and it should cooperate with the City of Tartu, other universities and research institutions as well as with the state and business sector.
There were several topics, which prevailed during the discussions related to the strategic plan in faculties. It was repeatedly expressed that more attention should be paid to the role of the national university in the strategic plan. In the opinion of faculties, the six-dimensional model offered by the committee preparing the strategic plan was suitable, they supported the idea of the university being more open to the world. People were concerned that the targets written in the strategic plan would still be realistic and resources would be planned for implementing them in future. In addition to the preparation principles of the strategic plan, proposals for making amendments to the Statutes and Regulations of the University were discussed in faculties.
The strategic plan committee will familiarise themselves with the received proposals during the coming summer months. Professor Margit Sutrop has initiated preparatory work for wording the mission of the university by analysing the values of the university at different levels (values of the employees, values to be created in students, values of the organization, and values which the university stands for).