The first half of 2020 is a period in our lives that we will always remember. Covid-19 has meant a global stress test for us as individuals and for society at large. The pandemic has reinforced already known weaknesses and highlighted deficiencies we were not aware of. At the same time, it has forced us to quickly change our operations, working methods and routines. The transition to distance education and work from home has not only entailed a skills development but has also shown the need for a changed leadership and employeeship.
These lessons will be valuable when we decide on what courses will be conducted on campus and which will be held remotely next term, as well as when we as leaders handle the uncertainty and emergency preparedness that will be inevitable for a long time ahead. Our overall experiences and lessons learned are also important when we, with fresh eyes, interpret the meaning of our vision. I also hope that we this autumn, with open minds and our new insights as a guide, can continue our discussions about the new building on the university campus in Luleå; its general form and style and the design of the workplaces.
Breaking new ground
During the spring, we have also laid the foundation for our continued visionary work by selecting five innovative educations that in different ways break new ground subject-wise, educationally or in its format, and two new future areas that hopefully can compete with some of our most successful areas when we approach 2030.
We have also developed a strategic managerial and leadership development program that is based on the university's main strategies. The expected result is to strengthen the ability of managers and leaders to lead the university into the future and to contribute to moving the university towards Vision 2030 through to actively work on implementing the main strategies.
We have developed a leadership training for the educational leaders of the future, whose overall goal is to stimulate educational development and educational quality in the university's programs. The aim of the initiative is to pay particular attention to teachers with excellent teaching skills but also to increase the number of assistant professors promoted on special educational skills.
In addition, we have started a development program for our internally promising junior researchers, while also implementing a recruitment effort on young (post-doc) external top talents.
Finally, we have signed strategic collaboration agreements with important partners and strategic intentions with our campus municipalities.
We have every reason to be proud of our achievements and enjoy a much needed vacation.
Have a good summer!
Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology.