The Interdisciplinary Clusters (ICs)
Interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning are among the many outstanding qualities of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). For more than ten years, the HSLU has embraced and promoted interdisciplinary collaboration across its Schools and in all areas.
Strategic grounding of interdisciplinarity
Since 2009, the HSLU has established, in two stages, a total of six “Interdisciplinary Focus Areas” (IFAs) and carried out a broad range of research projects. Moreover, the HSLU developed an interdisciplinary strategy in 2013 which outlines the conditions and principles of its interdisciplinary collaboration. In mid-2018, the university pooled its existing skills in the field in two interdisciplinary clusters (ICs) dedicated to the topics of “Spatial Development and Social Cohesion” and “Digital Transformation of the Working World”.
“In light of present and future societal challenges, the need for interdisciplinary and – even more importantly – transdisciplinary collaboration at universities will continue to grow. The way the IC are promoting these topics at the HSLU is exemplary.”Theres Paulsen, Director, td-net – Network for Transdisciplinary Research
Varied expertise and cooperations
The two clusters combine the expertise of each of the HSLU’s six Schools – from Engineering and Architecture to Business, Information Technology, Social Work, Art and Design, and Music. The aim is to use interdisciplinary collaboration to develop solution approaches to address the practical problems of the future. To this end, the HSLU is working closely with its partner institutions in various fields and in national and international research projects. Through its interdisciplinary education and continuing and executive education programmes, it promotes knowledge transfer between academia and professional practice.
The ICs “Spatial Development and Social Cohesion” and “Digital Transformation of the Working World”
- are characterised by their topicality and relevance and by their significant research contribution at the highest academic level.
- are designed to contribute to the HSLU’s international appeal by fostering partnerships with universities in Switzerland and abroad and by creating opportunities to connect in various areas (conferences, publications, dual degrees, etc.).
- are rooted in the region and promote dialogue with partners from industry, business, culture and society.
- strengthen the focus on superordinate areas of research and development and bundle their potential across the HSLU’s Schools.
- develop and create new programmes in teaching and research in alignment with the HSLU’s varied areas of mandated activity.