Development Plan 2020-2024

The Development Plan describes our desired position and our ambitions for the development of Södertörn University, 2020-2024.


Södertörn University will be a university that contributes to sustainable societal development through research, education and critical reflection on contemporary challenges.

University-wide objectives 2020-2024:

Strong academic environments – in the next five years, we will:

  • strive for a balance between education and research in our academic environments
  • increase the proportion of teaching staff who are employed on permanent contracts
  • develop strategies for the continued digitalisation of education and research
  • focus on a strong research foundation for the teacher and police education programmes
  • further develop a quality culture based on collegiality and core academic values

An attractive and open university – in the next five years, we will:

  • continue the development of Campus Flemingsberg as a knowledge-intensive meeting place
  • create opportunities for mobility and close relationships with other sectors of society, businesses and alumni
  • develop strategic partnerships in which the needs and perspectives of the wider community contribute to strengthening the quality of education and research
  • strengthen our role as a knowledge actor for a wider target audience through an active digital presence

Academic teacherhood and active student participation – in the next five years, we will:

  • formulate a strategy for academic teacherhood in dialogue with subjects and programmes
  • develop forms for student influence and active student participation
  • develop strategies for digital and flexible learning
  • develop multidisciplinary working methods for courses and programmes
  • clarify the value of educational expertise during employment and promotion processes

Sustainable development in education, research and collaboration – in the next five years, we will:

  • develop an integrated understanding of the various dimensions of sustainable development and the societal transformation to sustainable development
  • relate research and education to the needs of societal stakeholders for sustainable development and transformation
  • review potential conflicts of interest in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, to arrive at a lasting balance and to work for a sustainable world
  • formulate intended learning outcomes based on sustainable development in syllabuses and promote university-wide initiatives

Research about the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe – in the next five years, we will:

  • promote high-quality, curiosity-driven, critical research relevant to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe
  • develop and strengthen international partnerships relevant to the research area
  • increase societal knowledge about research into the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe through more effective communication
  • conduct high-quality doctoral education relevant to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe

Södertörn University in the world – in the next five years, we will:

  • renew our internationalisation strategy, with a specific focus on research, staff and student mobility, collaboration and sustainable societal development
  • implement measures to highlight the international and intercultural experience and knowledge of staff and students, not least linguistically
  • promote the international recruitment of students and research staff
  • increase opportunities for environmentally sustainable meetings, both physically and digitally

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