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 100 universities 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. 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 2015 and continues until 2018. The collaboration now includes a wider range of themes. Thirteen applications for new projects were received in March 2016 by the NOCC secretariat which resulted in 6 approved project proposals: two at each partner institution. One of the projects at NMBU is with the Department of Mathematical Science and Technology (IMT) and is called "Real-time robotic sensing and manipulation for fruit picking" (NMBU researcher Pål Johan From), and the other is at the Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management (INA), called "Quantifying the role of mycorrhizal fungi in soil organic matter dynamics in boreal forest soils" (NMBU researchers involved are Line Nybakken and Mikael Ohlson).
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.
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. Several institutional partnerships with universities in developing countries are administered through the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric).
NMBU is the main Norwegian partner in 17 projects under Norad's NORHED programme. The Faculty of Science and Technology is co-partner in two other NORHED 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.
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 SAR visitor under the SAR Speakers series at UMB was Sunila Abeysekera on 2 October 2012.