Department values, vision and mission


The department’s success – both as an origin of new research and as a basis of many people’s work place – is conditioned by a common set of values. This is based on the fundamental premise that a department is both a professional and a social/organizational frame around technical activities where it is necessary to consciously create a balance between technical challenges and human confidence.

Our essential values are:

Openness and respect – there has to be room for professional development with respect for motivation and commitment from the individual employee and student. Among other things we do this by placing the responsibility and influence as close to the executing parties as possible. At the same time we acknowledge that only by openness – also when making mistakes – will we become a learning organization where we individually and together develop our professional skills and our personalities.

Innovation and creativity – we have to be at the frontline both professionally and organizationally and always strive to create new knowledge and basis for its implementation in the community. We do this by encouraging and supporting each other’s creativity as a basis of continuous development.

Visibility and usability – our knowledge is only valuable if it is useful to the students, our national and international colleagues as well as the community. This depends on us being able to raise the department's profile and our knowledge both locally, nationally and internationally



We are:

Committed people in a multifaceted department and with a high competence level we leave a mark both nationally and internationally.

We are this because;

The department is a living frame where

  • There is room for discussion
  • There is room for technical challenges and development through the researchers creativity and interaction
  • Our flexibility entails dynamic professional and social networks across the department and also the community.
  • Balance between dedicated management and dynamic employee participation is ensured.

The department ensures professional development by

  • Consciously working with an appropriate balance between professional versatility and focus
  • Supporting fruitful interaction between freedom of research and strategic research areas.
  • Our spearhead areas enjoying international recognition and attracting international researchers.

The department ensures a great education by

  • Developing and disseminating our ProblemBased Learning to being state of the art when it comes to educating competent and highly demanded engineers.
  • Our competences implying attraction of both national and international students and ensuring them interesting careers.
  • Our competences also being used actively for efficient continuing education in which we also get inspiration.

The department communicates with the outside world, as

  • We cooperate with the community about continuously developing and implementing our technical achievements and provide the basis for new and improved workplaces.
  • We are visible in the public debate as regards promoting and using our unique knowledge.
  • We are visible in the national and international research and teaching environment



The department’s mission is determined by two things – first, we are a university department and secondly we are defined by professional competences connected to our research areas and teaching.

Our professional competence can be described as;

  • General engineering competences.
  • Our unique competence in electronic and data processing systems for technically solving problems in the community.
  • Our unique competence in connection with our university teaching model – ProblemBased Learning.

On the basis of these competences it is our;

Mission in terms of research to develop knowledge of electronic and data processing systems at the highest level possible within the department’s field of research in collaboration with the community and to make this knowledge most useful to the community as well.

Mission in terms of teaching to efficiently educate and retrain engineers who are able to use their skills in problem solving. The mission is also to maintain and further develop ProblemBased Learning with the ambition to continuously being the most efficient and suitable university teaching model.

Mission in terms of communication to continuously, and in the best way possible focused on the recipient, disseminate knowledge of the department’s research achievements both to colleagues as well as potential users and also to disseminate knowledge of ProblemBased Learning.