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The University’s new Research Strategy for 2023–2026

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A new research strategy is now in place, effective from 1 January. It is based on the Strategic Plan and the findings of the RQ20 project. The Strategy will guide the University’s research and describe the core values of research and the conditions necessary for achieving world-class research excellence.

The Research Strategy has been developed by the Research Board and has been discussed by all faculties. During the consultation process, 14 responses were received, which resulted in improvements. It was decided by the University Board in December.

According to the Strategy, the core values of research are that the University should stand for academic freedom and good research practice, and provide reliable knowledge and understanding through openness and transparency.

In order to achieve excellence, the University will focus on our profile areas and interdisciplinarity, but also on subject-specific cutting-edge expertise. With increased visibility, the University will be able to recruit internationally successful researchers and contribute to excellence.

The Strategy states that the University’s most important resource is its employees, and the recruitment of new employees is one of the most important prerequisites for the University’s long-term success. In order for the University to succeed in attracting and retaining the best researchers, it is important that there are good opportunities for professional development.

Other key prerequisites for world-class research are top-class administrative services, together with user-friendly systems and future-proof digital solutions. Other conditions mentioned are an optimised campus and a research infrastructure that can support the research being conducted.

The Research Strategy includes strategic investments in the better coordination of existing research infrastructures, allowing the University to increase the use and efficiency of support for the infrastructure platforms. The enormous potential of MAX IV and ESS for the University is also to be fully exploited.

The Research Strategy, which replaces the previous Research Strategy for 2017-2022, will now be implemented in policy documents and action plans. It will guide the Research Board, faculties, departments and research groups in planning their activities.

Read the Research Strategy for 2023-2026.

Read Per Mickwitz text: New Research Strategy – will research be better now?