Many of today’s social challenges require multidisciplinary collaboration if they are to be solved. Such collaboration between and across fields will provide solutions which one alone cannot. Currently, UIA has several centres, priority areas and initiatives which build upon collaboration which transcends the boundaries of the academic fields. Examples of this include CIEM – Centre for Integrated Emergency Management, the Centre for Ehealth, the ADILA project about future-oriented learning methods, PRONETT professional education subjects network and PROFRES – professional education subjects research school.
Today, UIA has many small and vulnerable academic environments. Multidisciplinary collaboration is perceived of as being to a large extent based on random contacts made both on unit and individual levels, in which the responsibility rests with the individual employee. There are felt to be certain barriers to multidisciplinary collaboration in the organisation, such as a lack of the right kind of meeting points, little flexibility, a Faculty organisational structure which can hinder good academic collaborative processes, and a lack of connections between multidisciplinary areas of focus and educational programmes.
Where do we want to be? – Vision for 2027
In 2027, co-creation is not a strategic vision, but rather an established feature of UIA as institution. Multidisciplinary collaboration, both internal and external, is quite normal amongst UIA’s academic staff, and UIA is prepared to contribute to solving the great challenges of society. It is simple and attractive to work together with others. Co-creation arenas have been established in which the academic environments find each other and cooperate with each other and their surroundings. UIA has developed several large, multidisciplinary research projects at national and international levels. The Faculties and research groups collaborate with regard to recruitment positions. In 2027, we do not just have a flexible research group organisational structure, but also flexibility in the organisation, which makes it easier to deal with externally financed projects through increased use of shared positions between the Faculties and between UIA and the department sector. There is a clear connection between UIA’s multidisciplinary areas of focus and the educational programmes offered in the area in question.
What must be done to arrive at this stage? – Measures for the years to come
The economy and UIA’s budget model is to be better adapted to multidisciplinary collaboration than is the case today.
A model is to be developed whereby collaboration and operations are simplified in the cross-Faculty centres. Whether these centres shall have one Faculty functioning as host, as is the case today, or whether other organisational solutions should be used, must be assessed.
The co-creation workshop must be established as an arena for the whole organisation, independent of Faculty membership. This applies not just to the collaboration between UIA and the region, but also internally – at UIA.
Resources are prioritised for use in collaboration across fields.
UIA’s research management prioritises more extensive research projects and joint projects.