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Faculty strategic plan

The Faculty Strategic Plan (FSP) sets out the faculty's ambitions for the coming years. The wealth of international academic knowledge about languages, cultures and societies worldwide, past and present, makes the Faculty of Humanities unique. The FSP describes how we respond to new developments while maintaining our strengths.

Our faculty's current strategic plan ends in 2021. Therefore, at the end of October 2020, the Steering Committee, led by Dean Mark Rutgers, started the development of the new Faculty Strategic Plan 2022 - 2027. 

In the process of creating the new FSP, we want to consult as many people from our organisation and partners from outside the faculty as possible. 


Do you have any questions about the process? Please send an email to FSP@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exploration phase

(October 2020 – March 2021)

Step 1: Collection of data and initial analyses to use as input for the development process.
Step 2: Formulation of a proposal for the mission & vision based on input from various bodies and external partners.

The Steering Committee reviews what data and analyses will be needed as input. The Committee plans the next steps (in terms of time and structure) for drawing up the Strategic Plan. Three working groups have been asked to write a position paper outlining a mission and vision. 

Development phase

(March 2021 - December 2021)

Step 3: Stakeholder analysis
Step 4: SWOT analyses: FGW from the perspective of internal and external stakeholders. 
Step 5: Formulation of strategic goals and decisions 
Step 6: Drafting of the Strategic Plan and feedback to stakeholders. 

The Steering Committee will formulate the strategic goals and decisions based on external and internal developments, analyses and input gathered from the organisation and environment. Working groups and teams that have already started developing a vision on a particular theme are asked to start preparing a text for the plan. We will have already started writing and rewriting at the end of this phase. Strategic goals and decisions will be shared with the work groups and stakeholders; they will also be asked to provide feedback.

Decision-making phase

(January 2022 - June 2022)

Step 7: Drawing up the implementation plan 
Step 8: Decision making 

Writing and rewriting will occur concurrently with the decision-making process. The Faculty Council will give its approval, the Faculty Board will confirm the Plan and finally the Plan will be approved by the Executive Board.

The seven themes of the FSP are:

  1. An environment for renowned research
  2. Stimulating/activating talent
  3. Innovative teaching and learning
  4. Strengthening impact and innovation
  5. Research and education in an international environment
  6. Campus The Hague
  7. People, resources and organisation
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