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New Strategic Plan postponed for a year

20 April 2020

The new Strategic Plan, which sets out the University’s direction for the next five years, has been postponed and will now be published in February 2022. This has been decided by the Executive Board because the corona crisis is requiring extra attention and a number of planned meetings cannot go ahead.

Student and staff involvement

The Strategic Plan defines the University’s main goals and themes for a period of five years. In a reaction, Rector Carel Stolker explained the decision: ‘Developing a strategy that enjoys the broad support of the organisation requires the involvement of many staff members and students, and that is more than we can ask of our community at the moment.’ The University Council and Board of Governors were consulted about the decision, as were the deans of the faculties. 

Process extended

The postponement does not mean that the process has come to a complete standstill, Stolker was keen to emphasis: ‘The path to the new Strategic Plan has been extended.’ The ongoing projects of the Recognition and Rewards, Open Science, Impact and Digitalisation workgroups will continue in a way that is feasible for those involved. Input that has already been collected, for instance from the successful Student Conference or the external stakeholders’ consultation, will be taken into account.

Scheduled meetings

The meetings scheduled for April and May will be cancelled. The Executive Board would like to thank all those involved for their hard work so far and hopes for a successful continuation of the project. If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact Olivier Fajgenblat, secretary of the Strategic Plan project. 

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