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Strategic plan 2019-2022


This strategic plan is valid for Østfold University College during the period 2019-2022, and presents the organisation’s vision and values. It also positions the university college in the university and university college landscape and specifies its ambitions for the period. 

The plan describes goals and strategies within the following four main areas:

  • Education
  • Research and artistic research
  • Dissemination
  • Organisation, management and administration

Teaching at the university college is research-based, and the areas of education, research and artistic research should therefore be understood in connection with each other.

The plan is the university college’s overriding plan document, and sets the course for the organisation for the next four years. It presents goals and strategies for each main area, where the goals describe the university college’s objectives for the period, while the strategies show the work it will undertake and priorities it will make to achieve them. The goals will be included in the university college’s annual activity plans, and goal attainment will be assessed through qualitative and quantitative management parameters and performance goals.

About Østfold University College

Østfold University College is a state university college with over 7,500 students and 625 employees distributed between its two campuses in Fredrikstad and Halden. The Fredrikstad campus housesthe Faculty of Health and Welfare Sciencesthe Faculty of Engineeringand the Norwegian Theatre Academy.The Halden campus comprisesthe Faculty of Computer Sciencesthe Faculty of Education,the Faculty of Business, Languages and Social Sciencesand the Norwegian National Centre for Foreign Languages in Education(the Foreign Language Centre). The university college’s central management and shared technical and administrative services are located on the Halden campus. Østfold University College has a broad portfolio of study programmes ranging from programmes of professional study to humanities programmes, at both the bachelor's and master’s degree levels. HiØ VIDERE(Centre for Continuing Education) focuses on the university college’s externally funded, continuing and further education activities, and has offices on both campuse


Working with society – for the future



The work and study environment at Østfold University College is characterised by tolerance and equality, irrespective of opinions, gender, faith, cultural background and sexual orientation. Through cooperation, we promote learning and the health and wellbeing of students and staff. We have high ethical awareness, safeguard people’s inherent dignity and oppose all forms of harassment.


Critical thinking is the essence of science and vital to our democratic society. Staff and students therefore make clear and independent contributions to social debates. Education, research, artistic research and dissemination at the university college contribute to understanding, rational thinking and critical debate. 

Social developer: 

Through the development of knowledge and skills and through research, artistic research and dissemination, we set the agenda and contribute to sustainable development. The university college contributes to understanding and solving challenges of society and the labour market through good cooperation and creative, interdisciplinary thinking.

Positioning and ambitions

Østfold University College has a strong regional engagement and cooperates extensively with business and industry and the public sector. This cooperation is important, both for the development of the university college and the region. Education levels, public health, unemployment and living standards are particularly important areas in which we, as a knowledge organisation, actively contribute in order to strengthen social and economic sustainability. 

The core of our activity is to educate practitioners of professionsin great demand in society. We aim to ensure that our students achieve high learning outcomes and are prepared for a labour market subject to rapid change. One important means of achieving this is to invest in technology, infrastructure and new teaching methods. In a sector characterised by large organisations, Østfold University College aims to be one of the best providers of programmes of professional study and, at the same time, to be a clear national and international disseminator of new knowledge in our focus areas.

Our students gain a sense of the close connections between theoretical knowledge, the vocational field and the needs of society. Through research and tailored study programmes, the organisation aims to help solve complex challenges. The university college aims to strengthen its national position in education and research through strategic and binding cooperation with working life.

The university college is primarily recognised as a provider of quality education. In the time ahead, we also aim to be recognised for socially-relevant, profession-oriented and innovative research. The establishment of the university college’s first PhD programmewill strengthen our education and research profile and contribute to this end.

Art education and artistic researchand development are part of Østfold University College’s identity, and its innovative profile will be further enhanced by strengthening this field. 

The Norwegian National Centre for Foreign Languages in Education (the Foreign Language Centre) is administrated through the university college. In addition, the college has robust language programmes which, together with teacher education programmes, enable it to take on a leading national role in languages in education.

An international perspective and interdisciplinary approach to education and research are needed to address the social challenges of our age. Although we have a strong regional engagement, our education, research, artistic research and dissemination activity is increasingly characterised by international engagement

We contribute to increased understanding and create debate at the regional, national and international levels through research, artistic research and the dissemination of knowledge. The university college also has an overriding goal to increase its contributions to societyand work towards the sustainable development of society.

Goals and strategies


– for knowledge and development


  1. We will provide excellent, socially-relevant and profession-oriented study programmes.
  2. Our programme portfolio will feature bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degree programmes of high relevance to society, and in which we are particularly competitive. 
  3. Our further and continuing education programmes will be further developed and increase in scope.
  4. Our study programmes will be characterised by student-active teaching, good follow-up and frequent feedback.
  5. Our students will find that our use of digital learning resources and digital teaching methods promotes their learning.
  6. We will cooperate extensively on education with selected national and international educational institutions.


We plan to

  • improve the quality of our study programmes through collegial guidance and discussion
  • be better at using the results of student evaluations, the study barometer and non-conformity systems as an integral element in the development of our study and learning environment
  • ensure that the students encounter high academic, didactic and digital expertise
  • have active advisory boards or equivalent cooperation forums in all departments
  • establish schemes to enable employees working in programmes of professional study to regularly take placements in their field of practice
  • increase academic synergies through active cooperation between the departments
  • closely link the establishment of new degree programmes to the development of the new PhD programme
  • take a national responsibility for English and foreign languages throughout the educational pathway and be a major provider of foreign languages in teacher education
  • strengthen the continuing and further education we provide in line with regional and national needs
  • shift from focusing on lectures to more student-active learning methods where this can promote learning
  • strengthen the students’ digital learning environment and offer flexible study arrangements
  • establish good cooperation on study programmes with educational institutions primarily in the Oslo and Akershus region, and facilitate smooth transfers for students between the institutions

Research and artistic research

– for change and innovation


  1. Our research will be socially-relevant and profession-oriented, and contribute to strengthening our study programmes.
  2. The university college’s first PhD programme with the working title ‘The digital society’ will be accredited. 
  3. The number of publication points will be doubled, our research will increasingly be cited and published internationally and in the best journals in our fields.
  4. The number of publications based on student work will increase significantly.
  5. Research and development income from external sources will be doubled.


We plan to

  • strengthen research cooperation with the regional labour market
  • develop an institutional practice for open science
  • increase the proportion of scientific staff with dual positions in public and private enterprises
  • increase the proportion of scientific staff providing supervision at PhD level
  • establish ‘Language in learning’ (Språk i opplæringen) as a strategic research programme
  • build a strong, clear research profile where the PhD programme under the working title ‘The digital society’ is a key element 
  • establish an interdisciplinary research centre linked to the PhD initiative
  • improve the quality of scientific publications through collegial guidance and discussion
  • strengthen research support
  • distribute research resources to the areas we focus on and to projects with the greatest probability of increasing publication and external funding
  • ensure that our bachelor’s and master’s degree students are invited to take part in research and in the artistic research of the academic staff
  • facilitate an increase in the number of cooperation projects and co-publications with national and international research environments


– for understanding and debate


  1. The number of op-ed articles and popular science contributions will be doubled.
  2. Staff from all departments will be more visible as experts in their respective fields in the public domain.
  3. Student projects from all departments will be visible in the public domain.
  4. Using digital and social media will be a natural part of academic and research dissemination for students and academic staff. 


We plan to 

  • prioritise national and international dissemination of research-based knowledge and artistic research
  • develop dissemination strategies for all our research and development projects
  • promote research results and innovative solutions so they are quickly adopted in work and professional practice
  • raise the profile of more researchers as experts in the media
  • establish a system for the nomination of student projects for external profiling
  • raise the staff’s competence in using digital and social media in dissemination work

Organisation, management and administration

– for user-oriented and flexible operation


  1. We will work more efficiently and become a learning and adaptable organisation where expertise is developed, recruited and valued.
  2. We will have managers who create enthusiasm and are able to set goals that stimulate academic and administrative development.
  3. The university college’s infrastructure will meet the needs of the students and staff during a period of rapid change.
  4. Our organisation will be more environmentally friendly and increase student and staff engagement in the environment and sustainability.
  5. Our organisation will become a knowledge provider for the whole Viken region.


We plan to

  • actively endeavour to attract strong academic and engaged students and employees
  • increase the proportion of scientific staff with professor or associate professor qualifications
  • adapt the academic organisation to our research and education priorities
  • have development programmes that strengthen education and research management 
  • implement targeted competence-raising measures for technical and administrative staff based on an analysis of future competence needs
  • let student evaluations/the study barometer play a key role in the management of the organisation
  • have a user perspective when developing administrative support services
  • simplify, improve and renew our work processes
  • establish arrangements that ensure efficient and well-adapted use of space
  • take greater responsibility for the natural environment
  • participate in relevant forums for the development of the new region
Published Mar. 13, 2019 12:18 PM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2019 10:09 AM