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2016 - Strategy for the Faculty of Humanities

A strengthened position

By providing a continuously inspiring, open and innovative study and research environment, the Faculty of Humanities aims to strengthen its position as a research-based forum for the study of a wide range of fields within the humanities.

An interdisciplinary focus

The strategy consists of a number of faculty-based initiatives, all related to 2016 – Strategy for the University of Copenhagen:

University pedagogy

The faculty continuously develops both teachers’ and students’ competences.

In accordance with The Educational Charter of the Faculty of Humanities, the faculty has established TEACH, a center for university pedagogy and didactics. TEACH has developed a wide range of teaching courses, e.g. introductory and  theme-based courses in pedagogy and didactics for Danish and international teaching staff as well as academic writing and study techniques for students.  Other courses contributing to the development of the Faculty’s educational quality include research-based teaching, supervision, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Full-time programmes

The faculty offers students more classes and provides initiatives to support their learning, well-being and completion of studies within the prescribed timeframe.

The faculty develops ambitious and effective academic programmes, and offers relevant social initiatives on campus in addition to classroom activities. Moreover, increased opportunities for integrating research with teaching, new forms of examination, innovation and case-based learning, internships and collaborations with the public and private sectors are integrated into the development of the study programmes.

”Live University”: Available 24 hours a day

Tfe Faculty offers an accessible campus and focuses on an increased use of digital tools and technologies.

Having moved into modern campus buildings in 2013, the faculty has upgraded facilities for working with digital tools and technologies. The ITMEDIA unit supports students and teachers in the development of technology-based education and in audio and video productions.

As part of the University of Copenhagen’s partnership with Coursera the Faculty offers online courses internationally.  

Career opportunities: A broader focus on career

The faculty focuses on humanistic skills and career opportunities for students, graduates, PhDs and postdoctoral scholars.

The faculty puts a lot of effort into forging links with the public and private sectors. Based on surveys of graduates’ job market opportunities, the Faculty has increased focus on society’s need for humanitistic competences and skills as regards students, graduates, PhDs and postdoctoral scholars.

Continuing education

The faculty continues to expand its supply of continuing education within the humanities.

With Copenhagen Summer University, the Faculty now offers intensive courses giving the individual participants a research-based angle on their professional practice. The faculty also offers master programmes and courses for employees in both the private and public sectors, who need to specialize and acquire deeper knowledge within their academic field or as a springboard for further developing their careers. Moreover, the Faculty offers a variety of courses during working hours, in the evening or as online courses via Open University.  

Language

The faculty focuses on multilingualism and outreach.

The Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP) ensures that the University maintains a long-term, research-based strategy for the development of linguistic skills, primarily English and Danish but also other languages. As such one of CIP’s primary tasks is to offer language courses for teachers, researchers and administrative staff. Language being one of the cornerstones of the humanities, the Faculty plays an important role in developing the language skills of students from all faculties at the University of Copenhagen.

Internationalisation

The faculty aims to strengthen its international perspective in education and research.

With more international collaborations the Faculty is attracting more and more international students and researchers. At the same time the number of Danish students studying abroad is also increasing. In response to these developments, the Faculty offers several study programmes and courses in English and in other relevant foreign languages.

External relations: Increased dialogue with society

The Faculty continuously develops collaboration and communication with the public and private sectors.

The Faculty aims at establishing long-term strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders. Matchmaking, collaboration about education, putting research findings to good commercial use and strategic dialogue are important means to achieve this goal. Moreover, the Faculty has established an external board, supporting the Faculty’s management in strategic discussions regarding relevant political, cultural, business- and media-related issues.

Innovation through cross-disciplinary collaborations

The faculty strengthens the humanities’ education, research and contribution to society through cross-disciplinary collaborations.  

The faculty is successfully engaged in collaborations such as the University of Copenhagen’s Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research, the Center for Healthy Aging, the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, the Centre for Communication and Computing, the Asian Dynamics Initiative and the Digital Humanistic Laboratory (DIGHUMLAB).

Strategic research funding

The faculty has strengthened its support for researchers in relation to applications for external funding.  

The faculty has professionalized the process of applying for external funding. This has led to enhanced support in planning and managing research projects and grants, as well as proactively establishing new cross-disciplinary research and education collaborations contributing to the solution of large-scale social challenges (Horizon 2020).

Management information and internal dialogue

The faculty strengthens internal and organizational cooperation with a special focus on management information.

In strengthening the internal communication between the 8 departments as well as between managers and employees, the faculty’s executive management now includes the deans, the heads of departments and the faculty director. To ensure knowledge sharing and the implementation of strategic initiatives, new projects are started up in project teams made up of members of staff and students across the departments at the Faculty. A new system platform makes detailed statistical study data available for the further development of study programmes.

Study and work environment

The faculty is committed to ensuring the continuous development of a good physical and psychosocial study and work environment.

Developing students’ teaching and study environment is considered a crucial factor in ensuring students’ completion of studies. With the expansion of Southern Campus in 2013 the students have gained better access to all facilities. The faculty has moreover put specific focus on working hours for researchers and teachers and on optimizing the administrative infrastructure across the departments.