21 Dec 2017   |   Network News

New organisational structure equips KTH for the future

On 1st January 2018, KTH will be launching a new structure which will see five schools replacing the previous ten
 

The new organisational structure will provide more efficient and clearer support for KTH´s academic excellence and better reflect the university´s breadth and expertise. Photo: Jann Lipka

When Sigbritt Karlsson took up the post of President in November 2016, an important part of her remit was to strengthen KTH’s local, regional and global competitiveness and to set up a structure that would provide a more flexible response to the challenges in society.

“The world around us is changing and as we are an educational institution it feels natural to structure ourselves in a way that matches the real-life requirements for skills and knowledge. The new organisation will help take KTH to the next level in terms of quality, culture and infrastructure and help us set out our future direction.”

The five schools, including the School of Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that have resulted from the amalgamation of several previously separate schools, will bring related subjects together under one roof. Students, researchers and other staff, as well as people outside the organisation, will find the new arrangement easier to understand. It is hoped that this will also create economies of scale as well as new, faster routes for cross-discipline research and education.

“Our students leave KTH with a broad range of skills and sound specialist knowledge,” says Karlsson. “The new structure will provide a good basis for learning and allow for continuous innovation in the courses and programmes we offer.”

The restructure has been underway since February 2017, with working groups looking at and highlighting various consequences and opportunities.

“We’re now embarking on an in-depth piece of work on our vision and structure in order to develop our organisation and create a more effective and high-quality learning environment,” says Karlsson.

From 1st January 2018, KTH’s research and education will come under one of the following schools:

  • School of Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, an amalgamation of three schools (Head of School: Mikael Lindström)School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an amalgamation of three schools (Head of School: Jens Zander)
  • School of Architecture and the Built Environment (Head of School: Muriel Beser Hugosson)
  • School of Industrial Engineering and Management (Head of School: Jan Wikander)
  • School of Engineering Sciences (Head of School: Leif Kari)

This release, written by Jill Klackenberg, was first published 19 December by KTH