The overall goal of USBE’s education is to offer a high-quality learning environment which promotes analytical, critical, and independent thinking in order to prepare our students for society’s challenges. Our education is to have a scholarly foundation and is to include programs and courses from a first-cycle level up to doctoral studies within business administration, economics, and statistics. We want to attract students both nationally and internationally.
The USBE mission states that “USBE provides education that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development.”
USBE has chosen six competences that are particularly focused on in our education.
In the figure, the competencies which are in focus are illustrated.
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Competencies in focus for USBEs programmes and courses
We focus on:
Responsible approach’ is placed in the middle since it is a core competence related to USBE’s mission and strategy, and because the ability to take a responsible approach should be reflected in the way students communicate, solve problems, develop data literacy, and develop and use digital competence.
Analytical, critical, and independent thinking are understood as umbrella competencies, influencing all other competencies.
Responsible approach’ is placed in the middle since it is a core competence and because the ability to take a responsible approach should be reflected in the way students communicate, solve problems, develop data literacy, and develop and use digital competence.
Digital competence and data literacy are related to the strategic ambitions of preparing our students to handle societal challenges and possibilities such as digitalization, artificial intelligence, and automatization.
Responsible approach is also valid for self-leadership and related to the strategic plan stating that USBE strives to develop courses so that students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and take an active role in the learning process. The content and design of courses should give the students the possibility to reflect and to use and develop a critical mindset.