Mid Sweden University's core values

Our activities are founded on equal opportunities, participation and conversation – between employees, between students and employees, between the organisation and management, and between the organisation and the surrounding society.

Mid Sweden University shall be a university characterised by an academic spirit, with trusting and open forms of conversation between all employees. Work on our values is based on a common view of our basic values. This provides scope and nourishment for various ideas and opinions by means of management and teamwork characterised by ambition and room for manoeuvre.

Mid Sweden University is part of a worldwide university community in which the basic values relating to the importance of autonomy and academic freedom are central. The university shall be free from pressure from the external environment and defend the freedom of education and research, integrity and quality. The core values are also rooted in the laws that a Swedish government authority is expected to follow. The organisation shall uphold democracy, legality, objectivity, the free formulation of opinions, respect for the equal value of all, efficiency and service, as well as democratic principles and human freedoms and rights. Gender equality and diversity are fundamental principles for our entire organisation.

The common values for government employees are summed up in the following essential principles:

  • Democracy: In the government, democracy is the overriding principle and the basis of all work and exercise of power.
  • Legality: Activities that are carried out shall have their support in the law and constitution.
  • Objectivity: This principle is based on the fact that all are equal before the law. Authorities and courts must treat everyone equally and must be objective and impartial.
  • Free formulation of opinions: The Swedish representative government is founded on the free formulation of opinions. In a democratic country like Sweden, it goes without saying that citizens are entitled to express their opinions.
  • Respect for equal value, freedom and dignity: The exercise of public authority must be done in respect for the equal value of all people and for the freedom and dignity of individuals.
  • Efficiency and service: The authorities shall serve the citizens, not the other way around. The organisation shall be run as inexpensively and with as high a quality as possible with the given resources.