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The Process 

In a first preparatory step, a concept for the visioning process was prepared by a "core team" called in by President Sabine Seidler. Which discussion formats should be used, and at what point in time? How much preparatory work will be needed in order to be able to offer a basis for broad TU-internal discussions enabling a concentrated and focussed, and finally also efficient and fruitful, exchange of thoughts? These and other questions were discussed within the core team and finally now integrated into the presented concept. 

Three thematic boards met during the months of November and December 2014 as well as January 2015. Each board was encouraged to think broadly, yet with some focus on pre-defined themes of research, teaching, and the university's role in society. The discussion papers prepared by the thematic boards were then condensed into one document to build the basis for discussions during a university-wide week of workshops and evening lectures from March 2nd to 6th, 2015

This process was accompanied by a series of public lectures, in order to add an external view.  

 

Week of Workshops

During the Week of Workshops the paper was be presented to the TU-public, opening discussions. There was an opportunity for all members of TU Wien, within smaller focus groups, to add to, change, accept, or even dissolve the existing paper, as well as to exchange ideas and expectations for the future of our university beyond known structures and across faculties.

Also during the week of workshops, there was input by external speakers in the form of speeches with discussions. The proposals developed in the focus groups until Thursday afternoon were then summarised and presented in front of a bigger audience for a final round of discussion on Friday. 

 

Outlook

The final outcome of this initiative – or, rather, the beginning of a new TU – was presented by our president as part of our university’s bicentennial celebrations in the fall of 2015.

The Vision should function as an important paper on which to base the long-term strategic development of our university and work as a compass for future rectorates. Contrary to development plans, which usually are faculty-focused and short-term, the vision paper should lead the way for the longer-term future of the whole University of Technology. 

 

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more on the members of the Vision 2025+ Team and the thematic boards