Work on the draft of the university's new development strategy is reaching final stages
At its 27 January meeting, the Strategic Planning Committee discussed the suggestions and comments made during the development seminars held with representatives of four research domains and international staff members.
In January, the process of preparing the university’s new strategic plan was introduced at the development seminars held with the representatives of the four domains of teaching and research. During the seminars, numerous questions were posed to the members of the Rector’s Office concerning the funding of studies, recruitment or international academic staff, supporting world-class research, cooperation between different research fields, etc.
The main message of the 24 January Strategic Plan discussion with international staff members was the desire of the international members of the university community to be more engaged in the functioning of the university.
Engagement was understood to mean a more open environment and more effective English language communication of university’s activities. The majority of suggestions regarding everyday life were related to creating more diverse opportunities by the University for integrating the spouses and children of its foreign employees.
International employees did not see the increase in the volume of English language teaching and research activity as a threat to the university’s mission as Estonian national university: vice-versa, increasing numbers of English language programmes, international staff and students would rather enrich the university and support the mission of the University of Tartu as Estonia’s national university, including the preservation and development of national sciences and Estonian as a language of science.
The draft of the strategic plan will be prepared by 28 February. As the next step, contributions to the chapter dealing with the organisational development are expected from the four domain committees.
The new strategic plan of the University of Tartu will be presented at the conference “Vision 2032”, to be held on 11 April 2014, along with discussions of possible future scenarios towards 2032.
The next Strategic Planning Committee meeting will be held on 14 February.