In an increasingly volatile world, marked by multiple crises, we must address two key questions: the core question of how to prepare students for the world of tomorrow and how we as a university, with all our members and partners, can live up to our regional and global responsibilities. The foundation of our strategic considerations is therefore ecological, economic and social sustainability, and based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The goal of a strategic process is to ensure the further development of an organization. Therefore, our strategy development emphasizes topics that have a direct impact on our university’s growth, increased student numbers, and high-quality leadership, or – to be brief – on the long-term economic security of the university.
Our Strategy 23/30 is based on the evaluation of our prior Higher Education Development Plan “HEP 15/22,” different transformation processes in the European higher education landscape, and other influential events in recent years (i.e. the COVID pandemic, the Ukraine war, or inflation). With this new strategy, we enter a path of moderate growth and sustainable change processes at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS).
We defined the core strategies as:
- Quality orientation/quality leadership
- Market orientation
- Research orientation
- Promotion of internationality and interculturality
- Integration of the natural environment ("Campus Carinthia")
- Sustainability orientation
- Growth orientation
Based on the evaluation of the Higher Education Development Plan HEP 15/22 and different transformation processes that have taken place in the European higher education landscape and in our society in recent years (COVID, Ukraine war, inflation, etc.), we will follow a path of moderate growth, but sustainable change processes of the CUAS with the strategy 23-30.
The priorities of our new strategy will be
- new educational formats and offerings,
- contemporary didactics and methodology,
- an intensified research orientation,
- increased internationalization efforts
In the coming years, we will focus our attention on the further development of these four areas. The existing focus on our core fields of study – engineering, business, and health and social work – will, of course, continue.