Strategic Plan & Implementation

Setting organisational academic & scientific strategy, policies and action plans to ensure the achievement
and then maintaining of academic & scientific excellence

Vision & Organisational Management

Management vision is not as simple to produce as might be thought. At the first stage, a series of iterations with the management take place, aimed at the examination of the way it assesses the organisational capabilities, capacities, performance and external environment. Here also available sources of income are analysed so as to establish organisation’s operational basis in terms of subsidies, market situation, organisational SWOT and other relevant factors. This vision can now be modified and refined with the strategic plan which has been drawn as a result of the performance analyses done earlier. The refined vision can thus become coherent and consistent with the organisational reality, potentials, as the organisational realistic action plan. Here we set, together with the management and in conjunction with its vision, the overall organisational structural and functional needs and directions as well as the necessary mechanisms that would enable the organisation to materialise its prescribed goals and objectives, academically, scientifically, commercially and publicly. The organisational policies can thus be put into practice in order to achieve the overall goal of scientific excellence and the specific objectives that would actually bring about the improvement of the organisation in its international ranking and exposure. The structures set pertain to staff management, teaching management, marketing of academic programmes and professional services, promotion of the organisation’s participation in internationally funded projects and other non-budgetary funding, etc. EuCRF works here with the management to produce a thorough and all-inclusive Policy Plan and action items derived from it.

Excellence Management

With the strategic plan in place and based on the data gathered and the analyses made, an overall performance assessment of the organisation can now be prepared, along with performance evaluation of each of the organisational units (faculties, departments, sections, etc.). This assessment will take into account the results of the staff assessment and apply to it all other relevant components of the organisational performance like the overall scientific achievement, publication activities & citation rates, career development policies and practice, teaching & instruction, gender distribution, financial performance of the units and the organisation as a whole, degrees, education, curricula and training time-lines (e.g., study periods – semesters, quarters, summer sessions, etc.) and administrative performance and organisational support available for the scientific work. The result of this assessment will be incorporated into the organisational strategic planning and its actionable policies.

Internationalism & Outreach

Particular attention should be given to the elements in the strategic plan that would enhance the organisational international standing and attractiveness. This should not be divorced from inter-sectorial collaboration and joint programmes, also within the national context. Means and specific programmes are planned at this stage and then carefully implemented.

Staff Career-related Decisions

Based on the thorough analysis of the performance of the staff in all relevant aspects of science & research, teaching and instruction of advanced degrees’ students, grant attractiveness, etc., we shall also produce and present to the organisational Head and her/his Cabinet and other designated relevant members of the management scientifically and measurement-based well-substantiated recommendations regarding staff promotion, demotion and career development path.


To achieve the desired effect and level of excellence, appropriate measures have to be drawn and put into action. We work with the management to develop, institute and implement such measures that can include incentive programmes (linked to achievement in research, teaching, grant attractions, development of extracurricular endeavours, etc.), risk assessment mechanism and related contingency plans, recruitment methodology, balanced gender distribution system, etc.