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Objectives and visions

Vision – the third university in West Sweden with full university status

The University of Borås is one of the strongest higher education institutions in Sweden. It offers successful education and research environments and a clear profile as described by our motto: Science for the Professions (in Swedish, Vetenskap för profession). The University has its origins in the textile industry, textile cultural heritage and library and information science. We consolidated as a higher education institution in 1977. Although we are proud of what we have achieved, we would like to accomplish more. We want to achieve full university status and become a university with full academic rights.

Being the third university with full academic rights in West Sweden is not only important for the region, but also means a great deal for growth and innovation throughout Sweden. The profiling of the University of Borås, including complete educational environments and being at the cutting edge of research, means that we are also very well placed in an international perspective to be a leader within a number of areas.

As university with full academic rights, we represent quality and have greater opportunities to attract students and employees. University status also provides better financial conditions to continue to develop and profile our institution.

We build complete academic environments together with our students and cooperating partners. Our work involves offering courses and study programmes within all areas, from undergraduate all the way up to post-graduate studies. Each research domain should be strong at the national level and have internationally successful teaching and research teams. The university is characterised by interdisciplinary work and scientific and artistic work at a high level. In this way, we promote our academic environment.

Mission – Science for the Professions

The University of Borås provides higher education and research in collaboration with industry, the public sector and cultural life. We have termed this Science for the Professions. Together with our collaborating partners, we will achieve a reciprocal approach based on transparency and accountability. The university is responsible for contributing to and critically reviewing social progress. Defining problems is one of our strengths. We regard theory and practice as interlaced perspectives that enrich each other and jointly yield quality in education and research. The professions’ multifaceted problems require a multidisciplinary approach, where it is natural to work in an interdisciplinary way.

Together with the professions, we identify and formulate topical problematic issues that are translated into challenges for education and research. It is the responsibility of the university to guarantee the scientific level of our partnership with the professions so that it corresponds to the high quality requirements set for higher education and research.

With Science for the Professions as our basis, we emphasise the importance of internationalisation and sustainable development. These aspects represent natural factors for all future-oriented professions and are necessary for creating good living conditions, both now and in the future.

Objectives – Research and education

As a step towards realising our vision to achieve full university status and become the third university with full academic rights in West Sweden, the university will:

  • Focus on the learning of students. We will develop a learning environment based on current research. Education at all levels will be linked to research, and students will become actively involved in research at the earliest stage possible. Students will have ample opportunities to influence and assume responsibility for their own learning.
  • Increase the proportion of research. We express this in terms of 60:40, that is, that education should as a proportion comprise 60 per cent of our total activities and research 40 per cent. Research currently comprises as a proportion 20 per cent. At the same time, education, in absolute terms, should also increase over time.
  • Continue to build complete academic environments. We want to offer courses and study programmes within all areas from undergraduate all the way up to postgraduate studies. Our objective is for there to be research programmes and well-developed cooperation with other higher education institutions and organisations within all areas.