Schools organization is reviewed

Published Feb 23, 2017

Two working groups will begin in the Spring looking into the pros and cons of a new schools organization. The results will form the basis for a planned integration of the schools.

“The idea is to take KTH to a new level, and through this transformation create opportunities for us to become even better in terms of quality, culture and infrastructure,” says Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH, who has announced her decision about the new organization of the schools.

One working group will make proposals for the future integration of the School of Biotechnology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering and the School of Technology and Health.

A second working group will look into how the School of Computer Science and Communication, School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Information and Communication Technology can be integrated.

Also, a proposal will be made for a future organization for the School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science.

“KTH’s organization should be clearer and more efficient, in order to raise the quality of operations and support functions. The intent is to seriously create a culture of one KTH,” Sigrbitt Karlsson says.

Better balance between education and research in all schools; similar processes and equal treatment of students, regardless of which school they are enrolled in, are some of the basic ideas behind the change initiative. The idea is also that schools ought to have similar education programs in terms of volume and within the same subject areas, which can benefit both research and education collaborations.

“I want to emphasize that it is not a question of any deficiencies but of making KTH even better. We have had the current organization for 12 years, and an evaluation that was made in 2010 pointed in part to overly small units hindering change and becoming more vulnerable.”

With larger units, for example, there are more colleagues to bounce ideas off each other and there would be increased sharing of infrastructure in both education and research.

Do you understand why people are worried?
“Yes, of course, a change is always a change, but as I see it there's nothing to worry about. We first have to wait and see what the working groups come back with.

Is there a risk of downsizing of staff?
“No, I do not believe so.”

The two working groups will be a broad representation from each of the three schools in the form of people from the Faculty Council (appointed by the Faculty Council), administrative staff (appointed by the head of administration), teachers/researchers (appointed by the deans of schools), employees (appointed by the unions) safety representative (appointed by the huvudskyddsombudsgruppen), students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level (appointed by THS).

The President has also appointed an investigator to support the deans through this process. All deans of schools and deputy deans along with the deputy dean of architecture have had their appointments extended to the end of December this year.

The groups must submit a first report May 31, and then a final report on September 15. The new organization is expected to start on January 1, 2018.

Jill Klackenberg

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