University of Skövde

Introduction

Organization

The University of Skövde is a government agency under the Department of Education. The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the agency. The University Board leads the university and is responsible for making sure that the agency performs according to official decisions. The Vice-Chancellor executes the decisions made by the Board. The Vice-Chancellor is supported by the Vice-Chancellor's staff, of which the Deputy Vice-Chancellor is a member.

At the University there is one faculty board with overall responsibility for quality within education and research.

The University's operational activities are organized into five thematic institutions:

  • The School of Bioscience
  • The School of Business
  • The School of Health Sciences
  • The School of Engineering Science
  • The School of Informatics

The University's administration consists of eight departments:

  • Research, innovation and external relations
  • Academic Affairs Student Support Office
  • University Library
  • Estates and Facilities Office
  • Finance Office
  • Human Resources Office
  • IT Services Office
  • Executive Office

Digitalization for sustainable development

Digitalization for sustainable development is an umbrella initiative at the University of Skövde. Efforts to explore the opportunities and risks associated with digitalization in the creation of a sustainable society act as a bridge between the different areas of the University of Skövde, with each area of the university offering its expertise.

Digitalization

Digitalization is the process of developing and refining activities and operations with the aid of digital technology. Today, digital technology is not only an enabler but also a driving force that is fundamentally changing the way in which we experience the world, do things, face challenges and find solutions. Digitalization entails a transformation of the most vital aspects of society – growth and sustainability, welfare and equality, security and democracy.

Sustainable development

The UN's Agenda 2030 is a natural point of departure when talking about sustainable development at the University of Skövde. The Agenda's 17 sustainable development goals balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental.

Digitalization for sustainability

Digitalization is of great importance when it comes to creating a sustainable society. It can, for example:

  • Help us to devise solutions that enable us to provide good care to older members of society.
  • Give us digital solutions that reduce environmental impact, such as by means of intelligent transport systems.
  • Promote cultural diversity, such as by means of the digital distribution of cultural content.
  • Develop our democracy by means of increased opportunities for dialogues with decision-makers.
  • Increase our society’s competitiveness when we develop digital-based products, services, and business models.
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Cross-disciplinary collaboration

At the University of Skövde, we have a strong tradition of creating rewarding cross-disciplinary collaborations across subjects and organizations. This is something we are leveraging in our efforts within digitalization for sustainable development. Work with the University of Skövde's umbrella initiative began on 1 January 2017, when the university’s most recent development plan came into force and is now well underway. The University of Skövde's board of governors has encouraged this work by establishing an investment program that enables various projects associated with the initiative to apply for funding.

Quality management

The University of Skövde uses proactive quality management to maintain and improve the quality of its operations. Quality management is conducted within the framework of our quality management system, which you can read more about in the governing document Quality Policy for the University of Skövde.

Improvement cycles

The quality policy stipulates that quality management within all operations at the university is to be based on improvement cycles. The improvement cycle is a central component of the quality management system.

Quality culture

Quality management shall encompass all operations, from the unit and administrative levels to an overarching university level. Employees, undergraduates, and doctoral students shall be based on their roles, actively and systematically contribute to this work. This participation, cooperation and systematic approach cement and develops a quality culture.

The structure of the quality management system

In terms of structure, the quality management system encompasses three levels. The quality policy, which describes quality management in general terms, comprises the overarching level.

On the next level, level 2, divisions are made to better clarify how the quality management system is implemented in the different areas of operations. Specific governing documents describe these different areas.

  • Education
  • Research
  • Operations and management support
  • Overarching management and governance processes at the university

The lowest level, level 3, comprises the processes and activities that we conduct in order to maintain and develop quality within operations. These processes and activities are described in specific governing documents.

Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board for Quality

The Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board for Quality advises the Vice-Chancellor in matters concerning quality management and provides a basis for the Vice-Chancellor's decisions on such matters. The advisory board is headed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Data Protection (GDPR)

The University of Skövde (org.no: 202100-3146) is committed to protecting your privacy, and we process your personal data in accordance with the Swedish Data Protection Act. The University is the Controller for all processing of personal data within the University.

Locations

Norrmalm

Address
Högskolevägen,1
541 28 Norrmalm, Västra Götaland County, Sweden