University development plan and target agreements

University development plan and target agreements

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University Development Plan 2018–22

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University Development Plan 2018–22 (full text)

By its 50th anniversary in 2028, the University of Passau intends to become one of the leading centres in Europe for basic interdisciplinary research on the effects of digitalisation on society.

With this vision, the University of Passau is continuing its successful Technik Plus development programme. The University focuses its research on the guiding themes of 'Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures', 'Europe and Global Transformation' and 'Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order’. In order to meet future social challenges, it is committed to and promotes diversity in research and teaching.

Furthermore, the University intends to remain a viable, internationally visible and attractive Bavarian university with excellent, competitive research activities and strong, innovative teaching – a university for Europe and for the challenges facing Europe both now and in the future. It strives to foster excellence in research and to continue improving the already outstanding working conditions at the University – in particular for its students and early career researchers.

The University Development Plan 2018–22 (UEP) identifies seven strategic areas: 

  1. Research, advancement of early career researchers, and internationalisation
  2. Study, teaching and internationalisation
  3. Knowledge and technology transfer
  4. Quality management and diversity, including equal opportunities
  5. Digitalisation of the academic infrastructure/IT
  6. Personnel-related and financial infrastructure/construction activities
  7. Governance

For each of these areas, goals have been specified, interest groups identified, and specific measures for development and profiling defined. In the preparation of its University Development Plan, the University of Passau considered the key goals set by the State of Bavaria for the development of Bavarian universities, and described a path towards their implementation. These goals are defined in the ‘Higher Education 4.0 Innovation Pact’ (‘Innovationsbündnis Hochschule 4.0’). 

Strategic areas (1) to (3) define the University’s core responsibilities. Strategic areas (4) to (7) provide the basic structural preconditions needed to fulfil these responsibilities. Chapter II of the UEP 2018–22 provides initial definitions of the University’s individual strategic areas and clearly summarises their respective strategic sub-goals. With the inclusion of individual measures to implement these strategic sub-goals (Chapter III of the UEP), the strategic areas substantially contribute to the University’s achievement of its goals.

Cross-faculty strategy process

Since 2012, the Technik Plus development programme has driven a cross-faculty strategy process whose individual measures are closely related to the overarching theme of 'Networked Society, Digitalisation and (Internet) Cultures'. A new round of university development planning began in April 2016. The Extended University Executive is the forum for the related discussions. Each of the four faculties prepares a development plan on this basis. Considerations and objectives from these are then incorporated into the University Development Plan.

Target agreements

With this process, the University of Passau is preparing to renew its target agreements with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts in 2018. 

The target agreements for 2014–18 (German text), concluded on 19 March 2014 between the University of Passau and the State Ministry, are currently in effect. These are based on the previous 'Innovation Pact' – Innovationsbündnis Hochschule 2018 (German site).

A new round of university development planning began in April 2016. The Extended University Executive was the forum for the related discussions. On this basis, the four faculties each drew up a development plan for 2016–17, whose key points were incorporated into the latest university development plan, which was adopted jointly in July 2018.

The University Development Plan 2018–22 describes the strategic goals for the entire University as they relate to (1) research, (2) teaching, (3) transfer, (4) quality management and diversity, and (5) digitalisation of the academic infrastructure/IT, as well as (6) how to implement the goals in terms of accounting and (7) an outline of the control system underlying the allocation of resources. While areas (1) to (5) have been available for discussion amongst all the member groups of the University of Passau since April 2016 and negotiated in the Extended University Executive, areas (6) Accountancy and (7) Governance were resolved by the University Executive and included in the University development Plan for reasons of transparency. As the latter areas are the responsibility of the University Executive, their content was not open to discussion in the context of university development planning.

With this process, the University of Passau has prepared itself for the renewal of its target agreements with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, which will be based on the Higher Education 4.0 Innovation Pact and the University Development Plan 2018–22.

The target agreements for 2014–18 (German text), concluded on 19 March 2014 between the University of Passau and the State Ministry of Science and the Arts are currently in effect. These are based on the previous 'Innovation Pact' – Innovationsbündnis Hochschule 2018 (German text).

On the basis of the target agreements, the State of Bavaria provides a reliable financial framework for its public higher education institutions for a five-year period. At the same time, the higher education institutions undertake to guarantee the required education capacities, to systematically develop the quality levels in its teaching, and to expressly pursue further targets set in the Innovation Pact, such as internationalisation and equal opportunities. Furthermore, the higher education institutions are allowed to include their own individual targets.

For details on the current and previous target agreements of all Bavarian higher education institutions, visit the website of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.