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About us Who are we? Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Visions and values



Our core values define our university culture. They guide how we reach decisions and how our staff, students and stakeholders work together.

Academic freedom

Research and education take place in a climate of freedom of opinion and expression.

"The right, without constriction by prescribed doctrine, to freedom of teaching and discussion, freedom in carrying out research and disseminating and publishing the results thereof, freedom to express freely their opinion about the institution or system in which they work, freedom from institutional censorship and freedom to participate in professional or representative academic bodies." (1)


Integrity forms the basis of our actions. Integrity here translates into honesty, openness and transparency in our methods and reports, and is the foundation of our research and teaching. Integrity and academic freedom go hand in hand.

Diversity and social inclusion

Diversity is an important aspect of academic success, and we embrace it by valuing and respecting the perspectives and contributions of all our staff and students, and stimulating a sense of connection in an inclusive academic community. By continuous interaction with staff and students and their participation in our governance, university wide commitment to university strategies and policies is realized.

Innovation and openness

We continuously strive to improve in everything we do. We are r eceptive to new ideas and seek to increase our knowledge of unfamiliar fields. We operate internationally to expose ourselves to different views and approaches, and are keen to initiate contacts and build relationships with new people. Open Access, Open Research and Open Data are important strategies for realizing these goals. They help us achieve excellence in research, education and societal impact .


Our credibility is built on our values with regard to innovation, inclusion and integrity and the way we operate to find answers to the societal challenges of today. This is reinforced by our commitment as a public organization to be accountable for and transparent about all our actions.


We integrate sustainability and responsible behaviour consequently in our teaching, research and administration. We believe that through cooperation between our students, staff and other leading partners in sustainability the university can have a true impact in creating a circular economy and a sustainable society.

(1) see: UNESCO, Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher‐Education Teaching Personnel (1997), para 27.
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