On 12 December 2019, the University Board approved the document Uppsala University: Mission, Goals and Strategies. In connection with this, the Board instructed the Vice-Chancellor to draw up University-wide indicators for follow-up of the goals and strategies.

The number of indicators had to be relatively small, and they had to be relevant to the University as a whole, easily understandable and possible to monitor without collecting data via questionnaires, etc.

“The indicators provide a basis for this follow-up but can also underpin more forward-looking discussions. They are based on proposals from the disciplinary domains, which can also formulate their own indicators specifically for their particular disciplinary domain,” says Katarina Vrede, head of unit in the University Administration.

  • In May 2020, the disciplinary domains received instructions to implement the Mission, Goals and Strategies in their own organisation. This meant drawing up a strategic plan and proposed indicators with target figures to be reached by specified dates in their disciplinary domain, all of them linked to Mission, Goals and Strategies. A report was to be presented by 3 May 2021.
  • On 20 September and 4 October 2021, the Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council discussed proposed University-wide indicators. The proposals have subsequently been adjusted and the total number of indicators has been reduced. However, two indicators linked to research have been added for the development goal “Exploit the potential of Campus Gotland”.
  • On 12 October, the proposals were formally adopted at the Vice-Chancellor’s decision-making session.

Six development goals

The indicators for follow-up apply to five of the six development goals for education and research:

  • Expand education and strengthen the connection between education and research
  • Develop research excellence and strengthen the capacity to attract prestigious grants in international competition
  • Strengthen transdisciplinary and challenge-driven research
  • Coordinate and concentrate the University’s resources
  • Exploit the potential of Campus Gotland
  • Develop collaboration as an integral part of education and research.