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The University of Bern has a comprehensive and consistent management system that, on the one hand, gives the faculties an element of leeway and, on the other hand however, enables the Executive Board of the University to exercise its statutory strategic and institutional responsibility.

So as to improve quality on a continuous basis, the University follows the procedures of a management loop system, as is depicted in the image.

With the quality strategy and action plans in place, the University of Bern has the instruments necessary to develop the holistic culture of quality that it desires and to establish priorities with regard to the implementation of this culture. In addition, these instruments help to implement University strategy and ensure that the performance mandate from the Cantonal Government is fulfilled.

The quality assurance system is set up to be an adaptive system. It aims to evolve on a continuous basis and to support the development of a culture of quality at all organizational levels.

The planning and management system of the University of Bern consists of two components:

  • External control loop
    This represents the cooperation of the University of Bern with the authorities of the Canton of Bern (parliament, government, administration).
  • Internal control loop
    This represents the internal planning and management of the University. It includes all instruments that regulate the cooperation between the Senate, the University Executive Board, the eight faculties and the strategic centers.

The concept for planning and reviewing the implementation of the Strategy 2030 (internal document) plays a central role here.

Stakeholders are included in the dialog regarding the development of the University. The following university commissions have been established for this purpose: