Heads of School to be appointed in September
As a result of the decision to reorganise the schools, with six of KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s schools possibly becoming two, all Heads of School and Deputy Heads of School and the Vice Dean of the architecture programme have had their appointments extended until 31 December this year. At the end of September, the President is expected to appoint the Heads of School who will take up their posts in January.
Prior to any final decisions, the candidates are to be approved by the unions, students and employees – through heads of departments – at each school. The Dean of Faculty and Vice Dean of Faculty will also be consulted. Deputy Heads of School will be appointed by the President in dialogue with each Head of School.
KTH is also reviewing the task descriptions for the schools Program Directors, Directors of First and Second Cycle Education and Directors of Third Cycle Education. Description suggestions are to be submitted by the Faculty Council no later than 15 September.
“The idea is to achieve greater clarity, with the functions being responsible for quality and for the authority and expertise applicable to the tasks,” says Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH.
When it comes to the overall reorganisation, with six of KTH’s schools possibly becoming two as of the new year, the working groups appointed by the President are to submit their respective final reports on 15 September.
A further stage of KTH’s reorganisation is that a working group is drawing up proposals for a revised organisation for the School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE). The aim is improve support provided to students, teachers and programmes, and to bolster research in engineering science education.
“The idea behind the review is to raise the level of engineering science education at KTH, providing a basis for developing educational programmes further,” Sigbritt Karlsson points out.
She wants to see a stable organisation with potential to generate greater income through external grants. The organisation should inspire greater confidence within KTH and lay solid foundations for collaboration with departments and schools, she says.
“The aim is to improve the support provided in order to create excellent educational environments. To achieve this, the organisation needs to exist in a context where this is possible” she declares.
A larger organisation that gives greater efficiency and more stable finances is one of the basis premises behind the change.
“To be able to develop and be competitive, you have to exceed a certain size. The environment for education and research must not be too small if we are to measure up to other seats of learning.”
Text: Christer Gummeson