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Focusing on quality and development

Published Feb 28, 2024

Last week, the ABE school's Faculty Board held its second meeting. ​

Johan Spross, teacher member of Faculty Board ABE

Johan Spross , teacher member of the board, says that the board's role and importance in the organisation is now becoming clearer, and the meeting included both concrete decisions and discussions about the organisation of the work ahead. A key item on the agenda was the approval of 14 new contract education courses.

"KTH and the ABE school are aiming high with plans to develop and strengthen our lifelong learning offer, by providing new courses in high demand areas. We have identified an extensive need for further education in areas such as law and tax law among real estate agents' assistants. The ABE school is now making a significant investment to meet this need, and by combining our expertise with strong partners, we are well equipped to be a leader in this area. It will be an exciting pilot that can provide us with valuable lessons for the future."

The new courses are given in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Business Administration (FEI), where KTH will be responsible for examination, content and quality control, while FEI will handle marketing and premises. The first courses are expected to start this summer.

New organisation for effective collegial decision-making

Discussions also continued on how the Board should organise its work to ensure both quality and efficiency in collegial decision-making.

- We are in the process of reviewing existing councils and other already established structures at the school to clarify their roles in relation to the board, and how best to co-operate at different levels. This means, for example, outlining the structure of the Faculty Board's internal organisation with councils and committees linked to the board's work. Having effective processes for preparing cases is crucial for the board to be able to make informed decisions. It is also important to ensure a robust process for quality assurance of new courses and programmes.

Strategic issues and priorities

The board has also started the discussion to identify which strategic issues it should work on and how these should be prioritised.

- It is important that the board does not only deal with the cases that come in, but also has room to initiate issues and prioritise strategic areas. We are exploring different forums to promote strategic development and dialogue, both within and outside the board's own structures. To summarise, I feel that we are on the right track. I look forward to the future work of the board with great anticipation. With a continued commitment to development and quality, I am convinced that we can make a difference for the school's and KTH's development going forward.

Faculty Board ABE

The Faculty Board at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) is the school's body for collegial influence and decision-making. The Faculty Board consists of the head of school as chair, six teacher representatives, one of whom is the vice-chair, two external representatives and two student representatives. The term of office for Faculty Boards is from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2026.

Articles about Faculty Board ABE's work

1. Faculty Board begins work with new decision and delegation scheme  - Pernilla Hagbert

2. Focusing on quality and development - Johan Spross

3. Establishing a new structure to support decision-making and strategy  - Luigia Brandimarte