The preparation of the Strategic Plan of the university peaks with a vision conference on April 11
After a year's work, the Strategic Plan 2014–2020 for the University of Tartu was prepared by the beginning of March. The strategic plan preparation commission and the youth think tank considered the aims and tasks of the university, considering the proposals from the members of the university and feedback from field meetings and meetings with external employees. In order to deliberate the aims set in the strategic plan more broadly, a vision conference is held in the assembly hall of the university on April 11.
The central ideas of the strategic plan are quality and cooperation. The University of Tartu sees itself as an internationally acknowledged science university which offers science based, high quality and practical education, performing also the role of national university.
The strategic plan stresses human-centredness. The university values academic freedom, being opened to new ideas, yet it is essential to assure the sustainability and field-based balance. Field-based development plans are created based on the structure of the strategic plan.
The university is prepared to be the leader of this and deal with key problems in the local areas as well as worldwide. Thus the main persons influencing life in Estonia and the scientists of the University of Tartu have summoned to discuss the challenges of the next decades on conference "Visioon 2032" which takes place on April 11, 2014, in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu. A video transmission is also made of the conference which allows the people involved with the university, the alumni and cooperation partners to be a part of the conference via internet.
According to Erik Puura, the Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and Vice-Rector for Development, the strategic plan development process has so far indicated that the development issues of the university must be handled continuously: "Contemplation about the priorities of the university cannot be a one-time process. The values and aims stated in the strategic plan must be implemented and we must consider them when making our everyday decisions. At the same time, we must be up to date and observe the achievement of the aims — we must also have a possibility to quickly react to changes in the external environment and the needs of the society," stresses Puura. An additional operational programme is prepared for such purposes which is connected with every aim and point of the strategic plan with the help of an administrative tool via internet and through which the performance of the aims of the strategic plan may be followed. The operational programme is completed in autumn of the present year.
The dimension of entrepreneurship has an important role in the new strategic plan — the university promotes and develops the enterprising attitude of all its members and wishes to be a very good development partner for businesses.
In April and May the strategic plan will be developed in the major decision-making bodies of the university.
Read more: Draft of the Strategic Plan of the University of Tartu for 2014–2020 (pdf) (in Estonian).
Another event will take place to interpret an important part of the strategic plan — a day before the vision conference, on April 10, all interested parties are welcome to study innovation conference "Kõrgharidus 2020".
Read more about the preparation of the strategic plan from the website of the University of Tartu.
Get acquainted with the vision conference programme on the conference webpage.
Vice-Rector for Development