Overall goal – Strategy 2018-2025 – Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Knowledge for a better society
The Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences has a special responsibility for contributing to democratic development and lifelong processes in learning, education and formative self-development.
Knowledge of societal conditions, humans, and how we learn enables us to influence the development of society. Democracy depends on an informed debate in which fundamental attitudes, perceptions of reality and world views are challenged and maintained.
NTNU’s vision is to contribute to realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our strength lies in a broad approach to the concept of sustainability, and understanding of the relationships between the individual, society, the environment and technology.
Knowledge developed in our academic environments should benefit the community and contribute to a better society nationally and globally.
In 2025, we have achieved our most ambitious goal, which is that all our departments have academic groups proven to be at a high international level in at least one of their core areas.
We will work creatively to develop new knowledge across subjects and professions in cooperation with relevant actors in society.
Our subject areas are to be independent voices that critically challenge established ideas about society and that reveal underlying power structures.
We will play a constructive role by developing knowledge as a basis for sustainable societal development.
We will act respectfully and cultivate a work and learning environment that is inclusive for everyone, and that creates a platform for exchange of opinions and personal growth.