Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

New Strategic Plan Tilburg University

Help prepare our university for the future!

The preparations for drafting our university’s new Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2021 are in full swing. This plan will help us prepare for the future, give shape to the development of higher education in the Netherlands, and anticipate the challenges and developments in our society. The Strategic Plan 2018-2021 contains the vision and focus based on which Tilburg University wants to develop in the coming years.

The Executive Board thinks it is essential that the choices to be made will be broadly supported and are animated by the knowledge and expertise widely available in our academic community and among our external stakeholders. Therefore, the new strategy will be defined by all the university’s internal and external stakeholders in an intensive dialog.

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Your opinion on the Dimensions for the Strategy

In preparation for this dialogue a set of Dimensions for the Strategy have been formulated. These comprise seven dimensions along which our university could develop. No content-based decisions have been taken with regard to any of these; they are all subject of discussion. We want to ask all our stakeholders to give us their opinions on these dimensions, and to add and share with us what their wishes, needs, and insights are with regard to the future development of our university.

Join the Dialog during Speech2025

We shall do so with all students and staff during a big event called Speech2025, that is to take place on March 9 in the Auditorium and where everyone will be welcome to express his or her opinion. During Speech2025, we will enter into a dialog with everyone who wants to contribute to our university’s strategy. We hope we will see large delegations of researchers, teachers, students, managers, support staff – everyone. The question at stake is how we all see the future of our university and what we want to achieve together. This does not only concern the primary processes of teaching and research but also the impact that the university wants to achieve and the role it wants to play in society and the world at large. You can participate with a presentation, join the discussion, or be present in the audience.

Meetings with our stakeholders

Our alumni will also be asked to provide input, based on the same dimensions and themes. The alumni meetings will take place in Tilburg (February 20), ’s-Hertogenbosch (February 16), and Utrecht (February 13), and we are looking forward to a good turnout by interested alumni. Another meeting will be organized for our most important corporate relations, including the City of Tilburg, the Province, and other educational institutions.

Consultation on the draft Strategic Plan

We are confident that all these activities will provide useful input to formulate the draft Strategic Plan. This draft will make a tour of the various formal consultation bodies to generate broad support for the decision-making. More information on the process and the schedule as well as substantive information relevant to these events is available on this website.

Join the process and stay informed

We will keep you informed of developments and important dates via the website and newsletters, but we will also give anyone the opportunity to react to and interact in every phase in the process. You can do this by signing up for the closed Tilburg University Strategic Plan Facebook group. Please feel free to think about what you would like to share or present during Speech2025 and on our interactive platform.

All co-operation and input will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time, energy, thinking, and sharing!

February 6: Kick-off Speech2025

On Wednesday February 15, the Team leaders meeting for Speech2025 took place. Over twenty people joined this dynamic event. In an open atmosphere, every question could be asked and lots of information and ideas were shared. Information and the overview of the registered teams can be found in 'Kick-off and preparation Speech2025'.

Facebook group for interaction: https://www.facebook.com/groups/667421306761377/