‌‌Faculty of Economics

Strategic Planning 2018-2023

Faculty of Economic

 

Prepared by

Faculty of Economics

Salam University Kabul

Spring 2018

1.     Introduction:

The Faculty of Economics is one of the main faculties at Salam University. The Faculty aims to continuously strengthen its position as the leading institution in the field of economics and management sciences through its academic excellence. The academic excellence and physical development is strongly associated with careful planning and the high quality structure.

Strategic planning is considered a key tool for a rational and systematic approach to bringing about the necessary changes for greater institutional direction and better academic performance. The faculty of Economics prepared its comprehensive five year strategic planning as following.

2.    Vision:

 To provide dynamic and innovative world class higher education through which our students are transformed from ordinary citizens to the ones who are independent, kind, and effective to the local and global society.

3.    Mission:

To prepare and maintain a challenging learning environment that fosters excellence in business education and develops business professionals through innovative programs

4.    Core Values of the Faculty:

-         Professionalism and integrity

-         Openness and transparency

-         Creativity and innovativeness

-         Academic freedom and enquiry

-         Service to society

-         Faithfulness

-         Commitment

-         Ethical values

-         Moral Standards

-         Social Responsibility

5.    Situational Analysis

For identifying the strategic priorities of the faculty, it was necessary to analyze the current position of the faculty. For this purpose SWOT analysis has been used.

       I.      Faculty Strengths:

-         Qualified Academic & Administrative Staff

-         Strong organizational structure

-         Advanced technological facilities

-         Strong team work

-         Organizational Justice (fair treatment staff)

-         Effective public relation is used to project the image of your university

-         Good IT facilities

-         Strong supervision and control mechanism

-         Compliance to organizational rules and regulation

-         Strong communication and information dissemination

   II.      Weaknesses:

-         Lack of support from government and donor agencies

-         Lack of adequate lecture halls and other facilities affects

-         Existence of limitations as to what employees can do

-         No existence of MBA program

-         Lack of PHD

-         Lack of physical infrastructure

III.      Opportunities:

-         Ability to close the gap in the quality of service delivery

-         Opportunities for international collaborations and partnerships

-         Opportunity to provide quality service delivery in the region

-         Prospects of improve/increased revenue generation

-         Preventing brain drain

 IV.      Threats:

-         Internal and external brain drain of qualified staff.

-         Superior competition from other Universities.

-         Poor quality students intake

-         Lack of sufficient fund.

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6.    Faculty Strategic Priorities:

Based on a careful situational analysis of both its external and internal operating environment of the faculty of the economics, the Faculty has identified 4 Strategic priorities, which will best be described as critical success factors essential to achieving its ambition. These priorities represent the first step in translating the broad sense of direction that the vision provides into practical action programs in the implementation process.

1.     Academic Excellence

2.     Academic Programs.

3.     Staff Excellence

4.     Research

Academic Excellence: Faculty will focus all of its efforts on Promoting academic excellence using the highest international standards of teaching, learning and leadership development. The Faculty of Economics should achieve at least 75% of teaching performance target by 2020.  The strategic objectives which will help the faculty by reaching this broad goal are:

Objectives:

1.     Improve Student Success and retention.

2.     Provide training and mentoring support for early career academics to enhance teaching and research skills.

3.     Refurbish all lecture rooms and laboratories with updated pedagogical technology

4.      Develop the professional skills and attributes necessary for graduate students.

Academic Programs: The faculty of Economics should expand the range of its academic programs. The faculty offers only the graduate degrees in two disciplines, Management sciences and economics. The faculty will offer the master programs both in Management sciences and economics. The Faculty can only expand its academic program structure by acquiring the fully accredited status from the Ministry of higher education.

Objectives:

1.     Enabling the Faculty to meet the criteria and basic requirement of the newly offered discipline of Higher Education

2.     Offer new disciplines.

3.     To work on curriculum development for new discipline and develop the post graduate profile of the Faculty.

4.     Hire and Support PhDs training.

Staff Excellence:

The brain drain is one of the major threats the faculty facing all the time. To ensure the academic success and achieve the broader vision of the faculty, the faculty must focus its effort on maintaining the quality and dedicated staff. The objectives for achieving this goal are:

Objectives:

1.     Give priority to retention of highly qualified staff in valued positions as the university reorganizes to address budgetary constraints.

2.     Attract a talented and diverse workforce.

3.     Be an exemplary employer across the entire spectrum of staff.

4.     Provide job skill training to staff in a variety of venues.

5.     Sustain and, wherever possible, enhance flexibility in the workplace and workforce.

6.     Work with the local community.

Research: Globally, research plays a pivotal role for effective structural transformation of our socio-economic environment. Research in the area of economic and business has transformed many economies. The strategic priority of the Faculty of Economics is to have a vibrant intellectual climate to motivate cutting edge research and community engagement.

Objectives:

The objectives which will help the faculty in reaching the second strategic priority are:

1.     Acquire state-of-the-art equipment and improve facilities (including library access) as a necessary foundation for academic research.

2.     Develop and implement a training and career development programme for staff involved in research and research support.

3.     Collaboration with other institutions.

4.     Establishing and joining global research networks.

5.     Creating a greater focus on interdisciplinary research

In addition to these four goal areas, a separate section on excellence in organizational stewardship develops objectives and actions for creating and sustaining the necessary resource conditions for achieving academic excellence. Topics include financial resources; capital and physical facilities; and information technology. These are enabling conditions for the five goal areas above.

As a whole, the objectives suggest that the university should move on a significant number of fronts to keep abreast of the competition, respond to a rapidly changing environment, and enhance academic strengths. Resource constraints (e.g., money and time) will make this difficult in some cases, but there are low-cost (or even no-cost) actions items for most objectives and, as noted above, attention to the objectives can be phased in over the five-year period. The priorities at the end of each section provide a framework or guide for addressing such issues.


7.    Faculty of Economics action plan August 2018- August 2019

Salam University

Faculty of Economics

Academic Freedom

What does it do?

-        Both faculty members and students can engage in intellectual debate without fear of censorship or retaliation

-        Academic freedom establishes a faculty member’s right to remain true to his or her pedagogical philosophy and intellectual commitments

-        Academic freedom in teaching means that both faculty members and students can make comparisons and contrasts between subjects taught in a course and any field of human knowledge or period of history

-        Academic freedom gives both students and faculty the right to express their views — in speech, writing, and through electronic communication, both on and off campus — without fear of sanction, unless the manner of expression substantially impairs the rights, values & beliefs of others or, in the case of faculty members, those views demonstrate that they are professionally ignorant, incompetent, or dishonest with regard to their discipline or fields of expertise.

-        Academic freedom gives both students and faculty the right to study and do research on the topics they choose and to draw what conclusions they find consistent with their research, though it does not prevent others from judging whether their work is valuable and their conclusions sound.

-        Academic freedom gives faculty members and students the right to seek request a hearing if they believe their rights have been violated.

-        Academic freedom gives faculty members and students the right to challenge one another’s views, but not to penalize them for holding them.

-        Academic freedom gives faculty members substantial latitude in deciding how to teach the courses for which they are responsible.

What It Doesn’t Do?

-        Academic freedom does not mean a faculty member can harass, threaten, intimidate, ridicule, or impose his or her views on students.

-        Neither academic freedom nor tenure protects an incompetent teacher from losing his or her job. Academic freedom thus does not grant an unqualified guarantee of lifetime employment.

-        Academic freedom does not protect faculty members from non-university penalties if they break the law.

-        Academic freedom does not give students or faculty the right to ignore college or university regulations, though it does give faculty and students the rights to criticize regulations they believe are unfair.

-        Academic freedom does not protect students or faculty from disciplinary action, but it does require that they receive fair treatment and due process.

-        Academic freedom does not protect faculty members from sanctions for professional misconduct, though sanctions require clear proof established through due process.

-        Neither academic freedom nor tenure protects a faculty member who repeatedly skips class or refuses to teach the classes or subject matter assigned.