Structure of the strategic plan discussed by the strategic plan committee, first ideas to be drafted in September
At the sixth meeting of the strategic plan committee on 26 August 2013, the potential structure of the strategic plan and the formulation of the university's general and field-specific objectives were discussed.
According to Chairman of the Committee, Vice Rector for Development Erik Puura, the first chapter of the strategic plan is dedicated to the mission, vision and core values of the university. Professor Margit Sutrop, who says values should serve as a basis for the choices made within the university, will help to analyse and formulate the topic of values in the context of the strategic plan. The issues in need of discussion include, for example, choices of cooperation and competition within the university and with other universities, the opposition between requirements of efficiency and quality, and nationalism vs internationalisation, to name just a few.
Compared to the currently effective strategic plan (valid until 2015), studies, research and development at the university as well as its social role at the level of Estonia and Tartu City will be discussed in more detail. In addition, the university's place in the world, the European Union and the Baltic Sea region will also be addressed.
The fourth chapter will be dedicated to the university as an organisation, as well as the advancement of its learning and working environment.
The fifth chapter will point out the specific developments in four fields (humaniora, socialia, realia et naturalia, medicina) as well as their results. For that purpose, the opinion of the representatives of different fields about the issues that need to be addressed will be sought.
The sixth chapter will formulate the university's long-term perspective until the year 2050.
The content of the strategic plan is largely based on proposals made by members of the think tank, sentiments expressed during earlier meetings, and proposals submitted through the online form. The analyses, recommendations and trends that originate from other university committees or come with the management of the university as an organisation (e.g. reorganisation of the management of university-owned legal persons) will also be taken into account.
By the next meeting of the strategic plan committee on 23 September 2013, the draft version of the chapter on the mission, vision and core values of the university will have been finished and there will be a preliminary idea of what the rest of the chapters of the development plan will look like. After that (in October), time will be ripe to discuss the more important subjects of the strategic plan with external partners and alumni.
The preliminary version of the strategic plan will be completed by 1 November 2013, followed by university-wide discussions.