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The Faculties of Humanities and Theology embark on strategic collaboration with Commissioned Education

Photo: Alexandra Hertz, business developer at LUCE.
Alexandra Hertz, business developer at LUCE, will devote 25 per cent of her working hours to collaborating with HT in the academic year 2020 –2021. Photo: Johan Persson.

For the academic year 2020–2021, the Faculties of Humanities and Theology (HT) are funding 25 per cent of a business developer’s post at Lund University Commissioned Education (LUCE). The aim is to broaden their range and commissioned education is deemed to be an important tool for obtaining updates from the wider world. Through collaboration it is hoped to increase understanding of the opportunities associated with commissioned education.

The Faculties of Humanities and Theology already have a number of commissioned education courses and programmes, but they are mostly focused on a few subjects targeted at the Swedish National Agency for Education and a few other state organisations.

“We are now discussing general issues about the range of courses available and see considerable potential for subject collaboration and subject development. Commissioned education is a part of this and we believe that our subjects within humanities and theology have a lot to contribute, not only for government, municipal and region organisations, but also for private companies”, says pro dean Ann-Kristin Wallengren.

To gain an outsider’s view of their subjects and courses, the departments at HT wanted to engage in a strategic collaboration with LUCE. Said and done. Since September, business developer Alexandra Hertz has devoted 25 per cent of her working hours to highlighting opportunities and creating conditions for more commissioned education and collaboration with HT.

“The initial discussions we had with Alexandra have been very inspiring. We saw from the start that we have similar points of departure, namely to find those of our strengths that can stimulate both the creation of commissioned education and develop our core courses and programmes using an approach based on mutual influence”, says Ann-Kristin Wallengren.

LUCE has previously been involved in, and conducted, several strategic collaborations with departments, but this is the first time that long-term, in-depth discussions have been held at faculty level.

“We are very pleased about this collaboration, which began with a discussion about our offering in the Commissioned Education Advisory Board. The ongoing collaboration with HT strengthens our ambitions and Lund University’s focus on commissioned education. Undertaking the development of commissioned education based on a broader approach can generate very good effects and contribute to good planning, which aligns with the faculty’s strategies”, says the head of LUCE, Lars Palm.