International research cooperation is carried out at the project level by scientific staff at the departments and in the context of academic agreements between NMBU and universities outside Norway.
NMBU has formal collaboration agreements with over 170 universities and research institutions worldwide. An overview of ongoing agreements, countries and the nature of the agreement can be found here.
NMBU’s Department of Academic Affairs, particularly the Student Information Centre (SIT), deals with student exchange and facilitation of studies at NMBU for foreign students. Student exchange agreements are found on this page.
International research cooperation activities
NMBU participates actively in EU's Framework Programme (FP/ and Horizon 2020) and other European initiatives. For information please see this page. NMBU has a strong EU-support unit that advises and supports staff on participation in research cooperation programmes funded by the EU.
NMBU and the University of Minnesota collaboration started in 2003. In 2011, a tripartite collaboration agreement including the University of Oslo as third partner was signed. The collaboration is called Norwegian Centennial Chair programme (NOCC). Transatlantic research teams of scientists, undergraduate and graduate students worked together in projects under different themes. A new 4-year collaboration agreement was signed in 2019 and continues until 2023. The collaboration includes a wider range of themes. Successful applications for new seed funding were announced in September 2020. NMBU will participate in three new projects: two with researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and one with researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science. Details about the collaboration are found on the NOCC website.
NMBU became member of the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study at the University of California - Berkeley in 2016. The membership gives the nine Norwegian academic members possibilities for collaboration with UCL-Berkeley. One project application from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (ILP) was successful (NMBU researcher Deni Ruggeri) for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, and one for the 2017-2018 academic year at the Faculty of Biosciences (Associate Professor Nicola Barson). One new project for the 2019-2020 academic year has started at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (Prof. Richard Bischof) and one at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences (Prof. Øystein Evensen). For the 2020-2021 academic year one new project will be funded between the Faculty of Landscape and Society (Dr. Jorg Sieweke) and UCL-Berkeley.
NMBU has a long history of cooperation with academic institutions in developing countries. Many agreements with universities in the South have been in place since the 1970s and have focused on research, education and capacity building. The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Faculty of Landscape and Society has a particular focus on collaboration with partners in the Global South.
NMBU is the main Norwegian partner in 16 projects under Norad's NORHED-I programme. The Faculty of Science and Technology is co-partner in two other NORHED-I projects. In addtition, three faculties/departments are co-partner in NORHED EnPe (Energy and Petroleum programme) projects. See the list of NORHED projects at NMBU here. All but one of these NORHED-I projects will terminate at the end of 2020. Thirty applications for new projects have been submitted to the NORHED-II programme and are expected to start in 2021.
Scholars at Risk
In 2011, NMBU joined the international network Scholars at Risk (SAR) upon encouragement of the international student body SAIH in Ås.
SAR promotes academic freedom and defends the human rights of scholars and their communities worldwide. In joining SAR, NMBU shows its solidarity with scholars and institutions in situations where academic freedom is restricted and research, publication, teaching and learning are repressed. By offering temporary academic positions (as guest researchers), SAR members help scholars to escape dangerous conditions and to continue their important work. In return, scholars contribute to their host campuses through teaching, research, lectures and other activities.
The Norwegian members of Scholars at Risk are coordinated under the SAR-Norway network.
The first and only SAR visitor under the SAR Speakers series at UMB was Sunila Abeysekera (October 2012).