NOVA was established in 1995, and is financed on the basis of funds provided by the member institutions in the form of member fee.
The NOVA member institutions are commissioned in their respective countries to build expertise and provide knowledge to society in the fields of agriculture, animal sciences, forestry, veterinary medicine, food sciences, environmental sciences, aquaculture and related biosciences.
They contribute to developments within sustainable use of natural resources, food production, health and welfare protection of humans and animals, and to enhancing the capacity for use of land, water, plants and animals according to sustainable principles. The main task of NOVA is to initiate, administer and promote cooperation between the member institutions in higher education.
- Enhance the quality and broaden the scope of teaching.
- Promote greater resource-efficiency and reduce teaching costs
- Facilitate collaboration in scientific areas where the resources of member institutions are limited.
- Deal effectively with ongoing expansions within the field of scientific knowledge and the need for further specialisation.
- Increase the international competitiveness of member institutions.
- Be a proficient partner for dialogue with relevant sectors.
Presentation of NOVA
Please find more information on NOVA, financing possibilities and teachers' experiences organising NOVA courses in this short presentation.
Number of degrees produced at NOVA member institutions 2012-2014
*For member institutions where only a part of the institution is a NOVA member (AU-ST, KU-HEALTH and KU-SCIENCE), only degrees from the part of the institution that is a member are considered in the figures above.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (KU-HEALTH) and the Faculty of Science (KU-SCIENCE) at the University of Copenhagen ceased to be members of NOVA from 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2017, respectively.