Understanding Society

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Towards Official Consent and Advice

Version April 10th, 2017

From divergence to convergence

On March 13, 2017, the Executive Board discussed the outcome of the divergence phase. Central to the discussions was the outcome of the sessions with alumni, external stakeholders and Speech2025.

On March 16, Rector Emile Aarts met with the Deans and shared his enthusiasm about the output from the internal and external stakeholder sessions. The discussion was based on reports and summaries as well as an overview of striking quotes from the different sessions (the divergence phase).

On March 28, the Rector with the Deans in order to determine strategic directions, based on the input from the divergence phase. The discussion was based on a discussion paper in which the output from the different sessions was plotted on the seven dimensions: Growth, Location, Profile, Impact, Governance, Operational excellence, and Culture. 

The overview presented in this discussion paper was summarized in a number of options for strategic directions. In addition to the seven dimensions, 2 more themes were defined, based on the input from the divergence phase: identity / purpose, connecting (verbinding), and digitalization.

The discussion was guided by a strategy model based on Ansoff, dividing new initiatives into developments in line with current initiatives (core); innovation building on current initiatives (adjacent), and joint efforts that truly transform Tilburg University (transformative).

Consensus was reached on the following:

  • The Cobbenhagen heritage should be cherished, but transposed to the current day.
  • Connecting (verbinding) should be a guiding principle for everything we do (internally and externally).
  • Growth and innovation are essential for the future of Tilburg University.
  • We should cherish our green campus and make it a true living campus.
  • We should practice what we preach and invest in corporate social responsibility.
  • Student centricity should be key in everything we do.

On April 4, the Executive Board met with the Leadership Group (Faculty Boards, Division Directors & Impact Team). The goal of this meeting was to bring them up to speed on the process as well as the strategic directions determined by the Executive Board and the Deans. This meeting was characterized by an enthusiasm and an eagerness to work together across schools, and resulted in a great many concrete suggestions, building on to the input from the divergence phase.

Analysis Speech2025

Tilburg School of Humanities researchers Emmanuel Keuleers, Menno van Zaanen, and Chris Emmery are undertaking a text mining analysis of the transcripts of Speech2025, combined with an analysis of (audio) visual material. They may also examine connections with earlier speeches (before Speech2025) and (external) texts concerning societal trends and market developments. The report of this analysis is available here and will serve as additional input for the writing team.



Timeline

Speech2025 timeline

Date: March 16, 2017

Discussion partners: Rector, Deans

Goal: Reflect on divergence phase based on input from meetings with alumni, external stakeholders, and Speech2025.


Date: March 28, 2017

Discussion partners: Rector, Deans

Goal: Determine strategic directions based on the input from the divergence phase.


Date: April 4, 2017

Discussion partners: Leadership Group (Executive Board, Faculty Boards, Impact Team)

Goal: Determine strategic directions based on the input from the divergence phase and discussion with the Deans.


Date: April 18, 2017

Discussion partners: Rector, Deans

Goal: Refine strategic directions


Date: April 20, 2017

Discussion partners: Full professors and table guests from alumni sessions

Goal: Informing the participants and discussing strategic topics


Date: May 2, 2017

Discussion partners: Rector, Deans

Goal: Agreement on first concept Strategic Plan

 

Date: May 15, 2017

Discussion partners: Leadership Group (Executive Board, Faculty Boards, Impact Team)

Goal: Agreement on first concept Strategic Plan


Fall 2017: Official Consent and Advice