Developing the strategic themes

The University of Malta embarked on a Strategic Planning Process to update its vision and mission for the forthcoming years. The Strategic Plan 2020-2025 presents a set of overall goals and a roadmap on how to achieve them. 

The core strategic themes reflect educational and academic objectives, which are derived from higher education topics identified in the benchmarking exercise of leading universities, and from the review of international higher education guidelines. 

The Working Groups within the Strategic Development Fora were based on the core strategic themes. 

Examples of the components of the themes are listed below. Other themes and priorities evolved in the course of the Strategic Development Process.

Strategic Theme 1: Learning and Teaching

Examples of components of the strategic theme to initiate discussion:

  • Assessment Reliability
  • Attainment and Completion
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Digital Technology, Distance Learning
  • Doctorate, Master, Bachelor, Diploma Ratio
  • Flexibility of Curriculum
  • Learning Environment and Resources
  • Life-Long Learning
  • Programme Design, Delivery
  • Qualifications Framework, Quality Assurance
  • Quality Teaching
  • Recognition and Certification 
  • Staff to Student Ratios  
  • Structure of Qualifications 
  • Student-Centred Learning
  • Teaching Methods  
  • Third Age
  • Work-Based Learning

Strategic Theme 2: Research and Knowledge Transfer

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Examples of components of the strategic theme to initiate discussion:

  • Citation of Publications
  • Income from Research and Consulting Projects
  • Influence on Academia and Industry
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Reputation
  • Research Productivity
  • Research Publication Volume
  • Ratio of Doctoral Candidates to Academic Staff
  • University Rankings

Strategic Theme 3: Societal Factors and Impact

Examples of components of the strategic theme to initiate discussion:

  • Accessibility
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Good Citizenship 
  • Social Engagement 
  • Social Inclusion 
  • Social Outreach

Strategic Theme 4: Enterprise and Industry Impact

Examples of components of the strategic theme to initiate discussion:

  • Employability
  • Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment
  • Executive Education
  • Incubators
  • Industry Clusters
  • Industry Income for the University
  • Industry Regulation
  • Life-Long Learning in Industry
  • Outreach
  • Self-Employment
  • Student Placements
  • Skills Gap

Strategic Theme 5: National Impact

Examples of components of the strategic theme to initiate discussion:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Economic Impact
  • Maltese Language 
  • National Challenges and Areas Requiring Improvement
  • National Competencies and Capabilities
  • National Opportunities for Growth
  • World Heritage Sites
  • International Rankings:
     - Ease of Doing Business Index
     - Financial Development Index
     - Gini Index on Income Equality
     - Global Competitiveness Index
     - Global Innovation Index
     - Gross Domestic Product per Capita
     - Human Development Index
     - Index of Economic Freedom 
     - International Innovation Index
     - National Attractiveness Report
     - Quality of Life Index
     - Sustainability Index
     - Worldwide Governance Indicators
     - World Happiness Report

Strategic Theme 6: International Outlook

Examples of components of the strategic theme to initiate discussion:

  • Academic Mobility
  • International Collaboration
  • International to Domestic Staff Ratio 
  • International to Domestic Student Ratio
  • Involvement in Editorial Boards and Reviewer Panels of International Journals
  • Staff Mobility
  • Student Mobility

Strategic Theme 7: Sustainability

In its strategic development process the University is evaluating its contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda.

 The main themes of sustainability are: 

  • Economic Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability


  


The Strategic Development Process for the University of Malta is organised by the team dedicated to Strategic Planning and Enterprise. We constantly seek feedback to improve and evolve our strategic planning process, whilst identifying opportunities to assist students and staff in meeting University's objectives. Contact us here


https://www.um.edu.mt/about/strategy/strategicplanningprocess/componentsofcorestrategies