The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) is a large, ambitious knowledge organisation with a focus on the provision of excellent research and education. Our vision is to move the boundaries for insight and to create new health and medical science knowledge and insights for the benefit of continuing scientific development, society and individuals.
It is absolutely crucial for this vision to be supported by strategic partnerships, a professional organisation, advanced infrastructure and a culture that builds on international standards for good scientific practice, freedom of research, involvement of personnel and students and a focus on a good working life and studying environment.
SUND's strategic goals
SUND has a set of overarching strategic goals – all directly linked to The University of Copenhagen's Strategy 2023 - Talent and Collaboration.
When SUNDs 12 departments and 5 centers each year deliver over 21,000 publications, all of which contain significant scientific discoveries, it’s a result of excellent basic, translational and clinical research.
That research is the result of the work done every day by our talented, top level scientific personnel with an international outlook. They are attracted by the strong environments at KU and the opportunity for academic collaboration with other talented scientists. Academic environment supported by modern infrastructure and a professional, service-minded organisation.
SUND aims to attract new talented scientific personnel whilst also giving our present talented scientists the opportunity for on-going career development and opportunities. Here, holding on to and profiling SUND's strengths, exploring opportunities for funding, support for research, access to mentorship and clear, individual, career pathways play a vital part.
SUNDs 7,800 students – including our 950 international students – are the highly sought after future doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and pharmacists and health science professionals.
SUNDs educational programmes are popular and our student motivated and talented. The quality of our educational programmes mirror the commitment of our teaching staff and their academic, teaching and didactic skills. Add to this a good, active study environment, a contemporary learning environment and not least motivated, committed and talented students.
SUND will institute an initiative that aims to further develop teaching and didactic competencies of teaching staff. SUND will also be focusing on visible recognition of good, professional teaching and didactic development efforts set to benefit both SUNDs educational programmes and extra-curricular activities.
SUND is involved in various regional, national and international partnerships – including partnerships with regions, municipalities companies and university both in Demark and abroad.
Our partnerships are all important for the ability of our research, education and innovation to provide knowledge, development and societal growth. And important for strengthening UCPH’s national and international profile and maintaining opportunities for students and researchers to network within and outside academic institutions.
Therefore, SUND will continue its open, engaged approach to the outside world whilst targeting and prioritising our resources and our level of involvement.
As a wide-ranging faculty at the highest international level, SUND is characterised by being a diverse workplace with many different groups of the staff and students. This calls for a professional, well-run studying and working environment based on a good culture, solid frameworks and skilled, engaged and competent students, employees and managers.
SUND wishes to benefit from good management, strong collaborative and occupational health and safety organisations (OHS), long-term skills development and individual co-responsibility to ensure a good physical and mental working environment.
Access to the latest infrastructure is a crucial precondition for SUND's ability to provide excellent research and education and to attract and develop the most talented employees.This imposes high demands on routine operations and service and constant investment in expensive new equipment.
In coming years, SUND will therefore focus on financing research and teaching infrastructure and achieving the best possible utilisation of technology platforms and core facilities for the benefit of University of Copenhagen, SUND and our many collaborative partners.
Digital development is rapidly changing our society, and it will have a decisive impact on the health sciences. New technology is making it possible to analyse large volumes of data and hence the development of new, more precise therapies for the benefit of individual patients (personalised medicine).
SUND intends to build an international level environment in health data science, which will require a wide-ranging, ambitious approach to building an understanding of technology and skills among students and researchers, attracting and developing talent, developing partnerships, investing in infrastructure and properly and securely managing data.