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Review strengthens KTH’s research for the future

Outside perspectives are important and beneficial, and they develop quality for the future. Our latest Research Assessment Exercise, RAE 2021, in which experts evaluated our research, is an excellent example of this.

With nine subject panels using self-assessment and three interdisciplinary panels for impact, sustainable development and research infrastructures, 90 experts have taken the pulse of the quality of KTH’s research where the RAE is part of our overarching quality system.

Following a meticulous process and strong commitment both internally and externally, we have now arrived at a result and a final report. A big thank you to everyone involved in any way under the leadership of Vice President Annika Stensson Trigell.

Comprehensive quality assessments of this kind can put a strain on day-to-day operations when time is short, but they breathe new life into things and are absolutely crucial to moving forward. Consequently, we should see them as a natural, integral part of our organisation. With so many people’s insights into operations, the observations are bound gradually to make a mark on e.g. new recruitments and/or changes in the direction of a particular field.

RAE 2021 demonstrates for instance the high degree of impact and societal relevance of our research, as well as its ability to contribute to sustainable social development.  Even so, much development remains to take KTH to the next level. The experts noticed various areas where things could be even better. For instance they suggested an increased focus on infrastructure and a stronger strategy for scientific publication, among other areas. They also mentioned that a broader interdisciplinary approach is one way of broaching the field of sustainable development on an even deeper level.

We have already responded to several of the suggestions with various processes and initiatives to glean from the reports – one for each area – what we should focus on around KTH moving forward.

If KTH is to remain an internationally viable and relevant university, collective insights and views of this kind are vital.