Strategy meeting Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social sciences

3 July, 2014

Victor van der Chijs presented the new vision 2020 of the UT.

Ariana Need introduced the ‘Design Approach’ for social scientists at the faculty: starting points are the social challenges which require solutions. The next step is to analyse the problem, then start thinking about a solution to implement and then evaluate the results. The intention is to solve the problem. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation for a visual representation of the ‘Design Approach

Why is there a need for change?

It is no longer enough to be good at what you are doing, we need to do something extra to show that we are unique. We have to take advantage of our unique UT environment and the combination of disciplines is what makes us unique; this is the added value of our university. Technology is our environment.

We see three ways of changing and to connect to technology:

1.Examine societal implications of technology (or technological implications of societal change)

2.Use or (co-)design technology to interact with people or with society
(e.g. technology in the classroom, designing new ways of teaching).

3.Use technology as a methodology for doing social science research.
(e.g. Recording verbal and non-verbal signals; new way of observing group behaviour)

We need a financial impulse, to invest in young people and in the relatively new staff and to invest in research infrastructure.

Kees Aarts made comments on the idea of the ‘Design Approach’ for social scientists. Besides IGS we work in close collaboration with the institutes CTIT, MESA and MIRA. Aarts likes the balance between excellence in disciplines and the fruitful collaboration with other disciplines: it is the combination that makes us unique. It brings focus in our research programmes and leads to much better infrastructure for research, we can distinguish ourselves with infrastructure for social science research. Within a few years we should (inter)nationally be known for it.

But, we need additional fundings for sharpening our research themes and for realizing joint projects. Joint projects are being discussed the next day with CTIT to make them work and to find funding for it. IGS funding is not enough. We have to try to find comprehensive programmes and develop new initiatives; multiply the investment of IGS.

What does vision 2020 mean for the education for this faculty?

Ed Brinksma: “Digitalisation, open educational resources, we should select information and integrate them with our modules. I would encourage the faculty to look at own programmes and start thinking about this future. It’s also great fun experimenting with.”

Get more ways of funding for our teaching programmes: companies for instance. innovate ourselves; how does the executive board innovate in governing the university?

Van der Chijs: “Working in two different institutions is very inspiring, you get ideas working at different places, working in a module for instance with different experts makes you sharp. It takes time, we have to be aware of that. The board is very much aware of the workload. Vision 2020 is a guideline not an instruction. Use the vision for the next years and you are shaping the future already.”