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Priorities / Digitisation

The digital university of the future

Strategy for digital transformation 2018–2024.

New knowledge – new practice in a digital age

Technology is a strong driving force in the development of society – the public sector, Norwegian business and industry and our national competitiveness.

Norway needs knowledge-intensive enterprises with skilled employees who understand technology from the inside out. OsloMet will create research-based insight of great value to society and educate its citizens to enter a changing labour market and society. Digitalisation is essential for OsloMet to realise its social mission.

Digitalisation is not a new phenomenon, but technology is now changing faster than ever before. We are using more and more advanced technological aids in our everyday activities. Students, staff, employers and partners have new expectations as to what the university should be and how we should research and teach. Digitalisation is no longer about doing what we’ve always done a bit better, but about renewal and transformation.

Technology describes our era. Over the coming years, digital transformation will play a role in defining OsloMet. We will use technology to transform our study programmes, research and dissemination. But first and foremost, digitalisation is about people.

Goals for the digital university of the future

Excellence in research and education

OsloMet contributes to research that is of great value to society. We use new technology in this research, including to collect, analyse and understand large, unstructured data volumes. We thus contribute to making the research more transparent and verifiable, and to meeting the stricter openness requirements. We also research our own activities in order to improve OsloMet’s research, study programmes and professionalism.

The academic communities are highly knowledgeable about how technology transforms society and professions.

This is reflected in our study programmes, which, in addition to digital competence, also provide students with a deeper understanding of the importance of digitalisation to the disciplines and professions they are training in. Our study programmes and student experiences are continuously improved by using digital tools that develop learning methods, activate the students and increasingly adapt learning to the individual student.

Our students are highly sought after by employers, much thanks to the knowledge they acquire through their studies and their ability to keep their expertise up to date throughout their career.

A flexible and meaningful environment

OsloMet is a flexible place to study, research and teach. The physical and virtual campus are connected and blend into one another, allowing each person to adapt their everyday activities to suit their needs. Social interaction with colleagues and fellow students is important, and a modern infrastructure makes it easy to work together in new ways. Many administrative tasks have been automated and simplified. Virtual assistants handle repetitive tasks that do not require discretionary judgement, leaving the administration free to use its expertise on more complex assignments. Both students and staff quickly receive answers to simple questions 24 hours a day. When a question pops up, the information is easily available and smart systems can often predict what you want to ask.

An inquisitive organisation in dialogue with its surroundings

Students and staff have an innovative mindset, and continuous competence-raising measures  promote the organisation’s culture for change. Utilisation of digital solutions is a natural part of our work methods, and OsloMet’s managers are role models who provide direction
and motivation. Standardised processes and user-friendly solutions make it possible to cooperate across organisational boundaries, both internally at OsloMet and with partners. By contributing to the development of and cooperation on common solutions, OsloMet is a prime mover for innovation in the sector. The technological infrastructure is underpinned by the inquisitive creativity of the various academic environments. Simple access to user support and expert assistance makes it easy to introduce new technology.

Illustration of OsloMet's "New knowledge – new practice in a digital age"

Trigger innovative power

Technological development in society poses new requirements for cooperation and adaptability. There is not a single profession that our study programmes educate students for that will not be dramatically affected by digitalisation in the course of just a few years.

Students, staff, and national and international partners expect to interact with a modern and innovative OsloMet. We will prioritise competence-raising measures in all parts of the organisation to enable Oslo Met to realise the goals we have set. A basic understanding of technology will be developed over time through training and support adapted to the staff’s needs, along with a culture for experimentation, trying and failing.

Interdisciplinarity will be an important driver for innovation at Oslo Met. We will bring knowledge and expertise together from different units, subject areas and institutions. Our innovation will contribute to renewal of the different professions covered by our programmes and the way in which we deliver our study programmes and research. OsloMet will be characterised by high digital maturity, a high rate of change and innovative power, making it an attractive employer both nationally and internationally. We will also evolve to become a resource in the technological trends in education and research areas prioritised in the institution’s strategy. Through clear leadership and dissemination of success stories, we will create a shared commitment
to continuous improvement and development.

The infrastructure at OsloMet is intended to be a trigger factor for working in new ways. We will ensure an expedient organisation and incentives that support what we wish to achieve.

We will contribute to development and innovation in the sector through both supporting common solutions and utilising new solutions that can be shared and reused.

Our course of action to trigger innovative power:

  • Review the current management model and organisation to ensure digital change capacity
  • Develop good competence-raising measures for staff and be a competitive employer
  • Work systematically to follow up suggested improvements
  • Develop an innovative campus that facilitates new work methods and more cooperation across organisational boundaries
  • Have a modern IT department with knowledge about and the capacity to provide advice and digital solutions in line with OsloMet’s level of ambition

Indications of success:

  • Oslo Met is perceived as an innovative organisation
  • More innovative projects are conducted
  • Staff use and are satisfied with digital tools
  • OsloMet’s digital maturity has increased

Create insight

New technology has the potential to change how research is conducted. Our researchers must know how to use and have access to new data sources, analysis tools and technology that are important and useful for their research. The growth of research and its increased importance for society has led to a stronger emphasis on research’s cost, quality assurance, verifiability and availability. We will use digital solutions to become a pioneer university in Norway in dealing with these challenges.

We will use insight from research to develop the professions we educate students for and to give the students better insight into the society and labour market of the future. Our academic environments will have expertise in how digitalisation transforms society and professions.

By systematically using data about the students’ backgrounds, behaviour and development, we will gain a better overview of their needs. This overview will be used to continuously improve our study programmes and ensure a better student experience before, during and after the traditional course of education. Through our study programmes, the students will not only acquire digital competence, but also a deep understanding of the effects and potential of digitalisation.

We will provide a lift to our corporate governance and ensure better decision-making based on insight from solid data. By using data to improve our understanding of our organisation and co-workers, we will create an inclusive and inspiring workplace.

Our course of action to create insight:

  • Develop a competence environment in the field of computer science, including collection, analysis and presentation of large, unstructured data volumes for
  • own research and to assist the rest of the organisation
  • Collect, analyse and apply data about students to continuously improve our study programmes
  • Systematically develop the content of subjects and the expertise of the various academic environments so that they are in step with the digital transformation
  • Allow selected fields to be the motor in the development of new data collection and analysis methods
  • Systematically collect and use data in corporate governance

Indications of success:

  • More research projects use new data collection and analysis methods
  • We have established an academic environment in the field of computer science
  • The students experience better learning outcomes
  • OsloMet is perceived as a more relevant institution by employers and partners

Free up time

Technology can be used to automate many processes, for example by using different forms of self-service solutions, governance systems and virtual assistants. There are many good examples, both nationally and internationally, that we can learn from and be inspired by.

By simplifying administrative processes, the researchers will have more time to create and disseminate knowledge, and teachers will gain more quality time with the students. The administration will become an efficient support system and have more time to help students and staff with more complex problems.

Current and future students expect immediate answers and begin their search for information online. Through automation, enquiries can be answered immediately, and virtual assistants will handle simple routine work, answer questions and gradually provide guidance in an intelligent manner.

Standardisation and automation of support processes is intended to reduce the scope of manual tasks in a number of areas at OsloMet. This includes pay, accounting and recruitment. This will mean fewer time thieves for the staff, and therefore more time for more productive tasks.

Our course of action to free up time:

  • Improve current solutions so that they better meet the users’ needs
  • Simplify and standardise administrative processes across the organisation
  • Automate processes through optimal use of suitable technology

Indications of success:

  • The students’ follow-up of more complex questions is improved
  • Less time is spent on administrative tasks
  • Students and staff receive answers to simple questions faster

Offer flexibility

In a digitalised world, new requirements apply to services. Every one of us expects flexibility in that services are available where we are and when we need them.

Increased flexibility will make everyday live simpler for students and staff at OsloMet, since work and studies can be adapted to each person’s life situation and needs. Students and staff will be able to communicate seamlessly through digital channels. OsloMet will take steps to ensure that students, staff and external parties have the possibility to alternate between working on campus, at home or at other institutions connected to OsloMet’s ecosystem. The physical infrastructure at the university will be adapted for work across channels, so
that students and staff who are not physically present on campus can cooperate with fellow students or colleagues.

Physical presence on campus will continue to be essential to the students’ learning outcome for most of our programmes of professional study. However, we will work to develop complete digital student experiences where suitable, and ensure that the interaction between traditional and digital teaching methods contributes to the students’ learning outcomes. In this way, the students’ time on campus will be utilised in the best possible way, while OsloMet’s position as a provider of further and continuing education will be strengthened.

A flexible study and working environment will make OsloMet more competitive in relation to potential students and staff. We can recruit researchers from all over the world to take part in our activities, and offer full academic learning outcomes to those who are not able to take part in an ordinary course of education.

Our course of action to provide flexibility:

  • Offer solutions that make the digital student experience equivalent to the physical one
  • Offer good and user-oriented solutions for the staff
  • Upgrade the physical infrastructure

Indications of success:

  • Students and staff feel a greater sense of flexibility
  • We offer fully digital study programmes


Our digital transformation will be governed by the following principles:

  • We base our services and solutions on our users’ needs
  • We allow our academic and educational priorities in research and education to control our use of technology
  • We reuse the leading technological solutions from our own or other sectors rather than develop our own
  • We request and make use of knowledge in our decision-making processes
  • We strive to ensure that management models and incentives facilitate the desired work methods
  • We safeguard the protection of privacy and information security