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More than half of the research performed at Halmstad University has high national and international quality. This is shown in ARC13 – an assessment of the research and coproduction of the University, performed by external experts and whose final report was published on January 16, 2014.
"The report shows that we have succeded in building strong research environments at Halmstad University", says Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and project manager of ARC13 at Halmstad University.
The assessment ARC13 (”Assessment of Research and Coproduction 2013”) lasted during all of 2013. All eight research environments at the University were reviewed by 39 external experts.
Among the results, research performed at the environments Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (MTEK) and Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), stand out in particular. In general, the quality of their research is deemed as “excellent” or “very good” – grades demanding that, overall, the research is on a high international level. There are also subgroups in other research environments that, in several aspects, are deemed as excellent. This applies to the research within District Heating Technology and Wetland Research.
"These are very good results. If you sum up all research resources, the research environments MTEK and EIS account for more than half of the University’s research", says Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson.
The research environments that get high scores in the assessment have collaborated with industry and trade for a long time.
"The University leaps out when it comes to cooperation and interplay. Here, we have researchers of the same calibre as our colleagues at the large universities, who have close cooperation with industry", says Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson.
ARC13 derives from the process that resulted in the appointment of Halmstad University to a so called KK-environment in 2012. The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) is a co-financier of ARC13. The assessment has been performed in cooperation with Skövde University and Mid Sweden University, both of which are KK-environments.
ARC13 is an important tool in the process of increasing the research proportion at the University. In order to manage this, priorities are needed and the assessment is helping the University to identify research with a strong development potential. The assessment has also contributed to valuable apprehensions on what improvement potential there is.
"All research environments have gained from this process. To observe your activities from the outside, and to start a self-improvement process, may be a big challenge, but it is something that is favourable for all organisations. Therefore, we are not afraid of this type of reviews – they have only positive effects", says Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson.
The next step is to design an action plan. The goal is to have it ready after the first quarter of 2014.