Monthly Archives: January 2016

Greetings for the new year

Do you remember what it felt like to open a brand new paper calendar? Every sheet a clean page, completely blank, no doodles, no “to do” lists. Gradually you filled it up by hand.

This is still how I feel today when I return to work after the Christmas break, but there are no blank pages – everything has been transferred electronically into a diary.

Financial result for the year
The school had a budget of SEK 5.7 million and posted a surplus of SEK 5.6 million. The result is distributed by division: SEK -7.3 million for research and SEK +12.9 million for education. Research is still generating a loss despite a marked increase in the number of external projects in 2015. This is largely due to the school’s low level of basic government funding which is not matched to the number of external projects.

The education side generates a relatively large surplus. This is partly due to the performance-based funding that was awarded to ITM for the master’s programme in engineering. A number of positions are being recruited, means those costs have yet to arise.

The doctoral completion rate increased by 10 points from 2014 to 2015, which will generate an increase in allocation for 2017. At the end of 2015 there were 516 full-time equivalents employed at the school.

The school continued to have a regulatory capital deficit of SEK -12.1 million.

Allocation for 2016
The school’s operational objectives for 2016 (president’s contract) have been uploaded onto the web. They outline the school’s objectives from a KTH perspective. The document specifies KTH’s expectations and objectives for the school. The year’s allocation of funding is also specified in this document. Work on allocating the revenues to the school’s departments is currently in progress.

Administration
The administration office at the school held a shared workshop just before Christmas. There were two intensive days during which all participants showed great commitment. The work environment and group projects were in focus and we discussed how an ideal administration could be structured/function within a three-year period. The key words for the day were psychosocial work environment, service-mindedness, efficiency, sustainability, leadership and organisation.

The on-going workshop-based work will continue throughout the year and will emanate in a new administrative strategic plan for 2017-2020.

Be well

Christina, Head of Administration

What will the future structure of education at KTH look like?

What will the future structure of education at KTH look like? Will we keep the “Civilingenjörsexamen” forever? Do we need as many programs as today? Can we afford the education we give today even in the future? If not, is the problem that many of our courses are run with too few students? According to recent statistics 579 out of 1739 courses at KTH are run with less than 16 students? Do we recognize this at ITM? If not, why? Are there any problems at all, really?

These are some of the questions and issues that were discussed today when GA (myself) and vice-GA Catharina Erlich met with KTH´s special investigator Anders Axelsson and Björn Marklund together with representatives from Science, ABE and ECE schools. Axelsson, the former president of LTH, will present the results from his investigation, and associated recommendations, during the spring. One particularly interesting point of discussion was the motivation for our programs. We tried to convey the message that our programs at ITM are needed and that they all fulfil their purpose for both students and industry.

A lot of discussions will obviously follow and it will be interesting to see the final conclusions. It is a true challenge for anyone to find the “ideal concept” for KTH and the different schools. One thing is clear, gone are the days when it was enough to attract the students to KTH in the first place with a fancy program name. We also need to “keep” them and transform them into successful world class students that manage to get their degree on time and an interesting job afterwards. It is my firm belief that the difference in profile and character we have developed and refined for our programs at ITM still is a good strategy for this to happen. Another key success factor for the future is to work hard to maintain the strong and positive involvement from our academic staff in different positions as “program managers”, teachers and study counselors working together and continuing being proud of what we do in the educational field.

Another interesting topic discussed today was the employability of our students and the recent prognosis that there will be a lack of högskoleingenjörsstudenter (“Bachelor of Engineering”) in Stockholm in the near future. It seems to me that we have a lot of god things for this in the pipeline at the ITM School and maybe there is time to mention some of the activities planned for 2016 in the next blog post this week.

Per Lundqvist, GA