Why do we want to develop two complete academic environments?
"At University West, we have the courage to invest in scientific height and pioneering international research and we want to be at the forefront of our areas of strength. In this way, we can take responsibility for local and regional societal development that meets current needs, become a national leader and be internationally recognised.
Profiling ourselves and sharpening our unique areas of strength is a matter of survival. That is why we are concentrating our efforts on two complete academic environments, Work Integrated Learning and Production Technology, where we integrate collaboration, research and education at all levels and create new multidisciplinary knowledge."
Ulrika Lundh Snis is since spring 2022 responsible for overall coordinating the university's work with the continued development of two complete academic environments. She is also acting operations manager for the WIL environment and Joel Andersson is acting operations manager for Production Technology.
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Two areas of strength: Production Technology and Work Integrated Learning, WIL
The reason why these two areas are formed as complete academic environments is primarily based on the fact that it is within these areas that the university has postgraduate education rights. There is also a long history of research in the area of production technology and WIL is the university's overall profile.
What is a complete academic environment?
Our definition of a complete academic environment is a well-integrated education and research environment, that includes undergraduate programmes, master’s programmes, doctoral studies (1st, 2nd-, and 3rd-cycle levels), as well as competitive international research.
Here, students work side by side with doctoral students, researchers and collaboration partners to tackle today's and tomorrow's societal problems. The university acts locally, regionally and nationally to find solutions that can be transferred to corresponding international and global challenges. It is also central that the courses, projects and programs that are developed in education, research and collaboration are characterized by multidisciplinary collaborations.