(English language proofing on 30 January 2018. Details on main activities, implementation and administrative framework are available when one clicks on the bullet points.)
The NOVA University Network (NOVA UN) was established in 1995. It is a platform for cooperation on teaching and research between Nordic Universities within Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Current NOVA UN members: Aarhus University: Science and Technology; the University of Helsinki: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Eastern Finland: School of Forest Sciences; the Agricultural University of Iceland; the Norwegian University of Life Sciences; and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The NOVA UN member institutions contribute to developments in the sustainable use of natural resources, food production, health and welfare protection of human beings and animals, and towards enhancing the capacity for the use of land, water, plants and animals in accordance with sustainable principles. The main task of NOVA UN is to initiate, administer and promote cooperation between the member institutes on postgraduate education.
The mission of NOVA UN is to engage in Nordic cooperation in higher education to advance our understanding of sustainable use and management of natural resources in a Nordic and global context. NOVA UN promotes the sharing and implementation of good practices in the Nordic countries. NOVA UN provides a platform for networking between Nordic postgraduate students and senior researchers. NOVA UN facilitates high-quality education for postgraduate students and other scientists, in fields where the critical mass in one country alone would be too small to offer courses, or in fields with a specific Nordic dimension, defined by, for example, geographical, climatic or cultural commonalities. NOVA UN can set thematic priorities that are announced in connection with the call for applications.
The vision of NOVA UN is to maintain and utilise the already extensive and well-functioning Nordic cooperation with a view to becoming more competitive in the international arena in the areas addressed by NOVA UN.
As a platform for cooperation between Nordic Universities within Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, NOVA UN operates on the basis of the core value of nurturing and strengthening the Nordic dimension. Activities facilitated within NOVA UN are research based and based on joint Nordic collaboration. There is a clear added value of organising activities within NOVA UN. NOVA UN strongly encourages that NOVA activities are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- Courses for PhD students: NOVA UN concentrates on PhD education by facilitating specialised, international and interdisciplinary courses/activities of high quality. Competence-enhancing courses for PhD students and other scientists are also supported. NOVA UN will increase the number of these courses, as well as the number of NOVA students attending the courses compared to the previous strategy period.
- Master’s education and other projects: NOVA UN supports master’s level education and other projects in specific areas where Nordic cooperation can add particular value.
- Mobility: NOVA UN works to increase student and teacher mobility between the member institutions to enhance the quality of the education offered and to include more students and teachers in the Nordic/Nordic-Baltic research community.
- Networking: NOVA UN continues as a platform for networking for students, teachers and researchers, and thus ensures Nordic competitiveness in research and education within and outside the Network. In addition, NOVA UN continues to cooperate with other international groups and experts to ensure high-quality education and extended networking possibilities.
- Quality assurance: NOVA UN works actively to sustain and increase the quality of its activities.
- Efficient organisation: NOVA UN continues to enhance efficiency in the Network.
- Strengthened awareness: The NOVA Board members assure that NOVA UN is well anchored in their respective institutions and is promoted as an added value for the institution. In cooperation with the Secretariat, they also assure that NOVA activities are well profiled both in their own institution and externally to increase the activity level in the Network.
- Organisation: NOVA UN’s organisational structure is stated in the Network’s Statutes.
- Funding: NOVA UN’s activities are funded by fees collected from member institutions and by financial support from cooperating Nordic organisations.