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Strategy, Mission & Vision, Fundamental Values


A new strategy for the period 2017 - 2021 was determined by the faculty board in December 2016. The decision also includes some change in the mission and vision.

In October 2017, the faculty board adopted a document on fundamental values for the School ’s operations.


To develop knowledge, educate, and foster independent thinking for the advancement of organizations, policy and a sustainable world


To be internationally respected as an excellent and progressive academic institution. 

Strategy 2017-2021

Fundamental values

The purpose of the document is to spell out the values, beliefs and basic principles on which the School's operations are, and should be, based. It supplements the basic values shared by all state employees, the University’s Vision 2020 as well as relevant legislation.

The School shall be an inclusive organisation that operates on the basis of the equal value of all people. There must be zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination and harassment. This means that we must maintain a social environment in which we treat each other with respect. At the same time, we must also maintain basic academic values, inquisitiveness-based knowledge development and research-based education – all pervaded by critical thinking.

All employees and students have personal responsibility for operations at the School running in accordance with our fundamental values.

The fundamental values of the School

How we fulfil the mission

  • Making an impact and thus contribute to the advancement of society at large by:
    - Engagement in contemporary societal development
    - Close collaboration with the surrounding society
    - Act on problems facing the world today
  • Close relationship between research and education, to attain excellence in both.
  • Convey to our students the academic ideal of independent, critical and innovative thinking.
  • Provide the students with the intellectual tools necessary to challenge prevailing notions and be able to formulate new solutions to problems they are confronted with.
  • Integrating sustainable development in education.
  • Producing research that can inform policy-makers and businesses in their handling of societal challenges.
    - Analyzed with the most appropriate academic tools available (often cross-disciplinary approaches).
  • Meeting high international academic standards.
  • Attracting the best staff and students in an international context.
    - Promote an open, multifaceted, tolerant and thereby attractive academic environment
  • A globalist approach - international exchange and cooperation.

Strategic direction 2017 - 2021

  • Continuous development of quality in research and education.
  • A close link between research and education which presupposes a continued expansion of research activities in order to attain a necessary balance.
  • An emphasis on societal responsibility reflected in both research and education.
  • Continued integration of sustainability perspectives in our educational programs.
  • A close relationship with surrounding society through corporate links to the private and public sectors.
  • Developed internationalization as a means to improve quality in research and education.
  • A work environment with intense respectful collegiality and a culture based on academic values.



  • Enhance the management processes and effectiveness by implementing an improved management information system


  • Review portfolio of Bachelor’s programs in business and economics, including proposal for a Bachelor program in English.
  • Integration of sustainability perspectives in all degree programs.
  • Implement more sophisticated learning processes
  • Increased use of e-learning
  • Interactive classroom sessions
  • Planning for new physical facilities
  • Improve progression through bachelors programs through better follow-up of students
  • Implement comprehensive assurance-of-learning for all program learning goals.


  • Continue the development toward excellence
    - Bottom-up approach
    - Strategic co-funding
    - Recruitments
  • Emphasize and support a creative research culture
    - Curiosity
    - Critical discourse
    - High ethical standards
    - A strive for quality


  • Further improve the processes for staff recruitments
    - Attract a higher number of qualified international applicants
    - Increasing the competition
    - Increasing the internationalization of faculty
  • Fundraising for an endowment perpetuating the international Visiting Professor Program
  • Develop integrated work environment management


  • Continue restructuring of the current portfolio of cooperation agreements
    - Focus on deeper cooperation with select high-quality partners
  • Increase international marketing
    - Cooperation with alumni network and corporate connections

Corporate connections

  • Expand and restructure the corporate partnership program
    Offerings for:
    - Fast-growing small- and medium-sized companies
    - Public authorities
  • Established a structured active stakeholder dialogue for curriculum development in all programs
  • Develop international alumni relations
  • Continue expansion of custom programs in executive education



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