"Twenty-six projects between Norwegian educational institutions and partner institutions in countries in the Global South have been awarded a total of NOK 178 million. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), the University of Oslo (UiO) and the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) are allocated the most funding," Khrono reports.
NORPART is a partnership programme for global academic cooperation and mobility funded by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills awards the funding.
"It is fantastic that NMBU does so well in the NORPART allocation. Four projects are awarded funding, which is more than in the two previous rounds. We are also a partner in a fifth project. It is also great to see that NMBU has such a strong focus on sustainability in all its projects," says Sæbø, and adds:
"Through these projects, academic groups at NMBU will contribute important knowledge, competence-building and stimulate sustainable development in the partner countries in the areas of climate-smart agriculture, food security, access to high-quality education and sustainable energy for economic development."
The programme received a record number of 150 applications this year, nearly twice as many as in the previous call for applications in 2018.
"Many of this year’s applications show that Norwegian institutions are concerned with integrating the Sustainable Development Goals in their international partnerships. The call was issued in the middle of the pandemic, which particularly affected student exchange and global cooperation. It is therefore great that the new projects demonstrate such a high degree of creativity and flexibility, with new forms of collaborations that combine digital solutions and physical meetings," says Director General Sveinung Skule of the Directorate for Higher Education and Skills in a press release from the Ministry of Education and Research.
According to the description of the NORPART programme, the purpose of these projects is to ‘enhance the quality of higher education in Norway and selected partner countries in the Global South through academic cooperation and mutual student mobility’.
"This is important, because we all have some way to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and we have much to learn from our partner institutions as well. The programme is an important contribution to the quality of education at our university," says Sæbø.
The four NMBU projects that have been awarded funding are affiliated to four different faculties: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Vet), the School of Economics and Business (HH), the Faculty of Landscape and Society (Landsam) and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (Mina).
"Building Capacity for Innovation and Advancement of Climate Smart Agriculture in East and Southern Africa" - Roberto Garcia, HH
"Partnership for Education in Refugee-Host Contexts: Joint learning towards food security and sustainable development" - Darley Jose Kjosavik, Landsam
"Promoting sustainability of higher education through global collaboration, student program development, mobility and training (EDUPROMO)" - Mette Helen Müller, VET
"Strengthening education, research and innovation capacity in sustainable energy for economic development" - Muyiwa Samuel Adaramola, Mina (see link to article below)