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Faculty strategic plan

In the Faculty Strategic Plan you will find the faculty's ambitions for the following years. The plan is the result of extensive consultation with staff members, students, and co-participation groups.

The international knowledge about languages, cultures and societies from all over the world in both the present and the past, is what makes the Faculty of Humanties unique in its kind. The FSP describes how we will adapt to new developments while preserving our strengths.


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

Exploration phase

(October 2020 – January 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 is reviewing which data and analyses will be needed as input. It is also planning the next steps (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

(October 2020 – June 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 Group 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 will be asked to start preparing text for the plan. The writing process will also start in 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

(May 2021 – December 2021)

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

The Plan will be written, edited and fine-tuned concurrently with the decision-making process. The Faculty Council will give its consent, the Faculty Board will adopt 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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