The Centres for Excellence in Education Initiative (SFU)

The Centres for Excellence in Education Initiative ('SFU-ordningen' in Norwegian) is a prestigious national initiative for higher education that was established in 2010.

SFU status is awarded to academic communities that have already demonstrated excellent quality and innovative practices in education and that have plans in place for further development and innovation. One of the important requirements the centres have to meet is that they must disseminate their results and knowledge.

There are currently eight Centres for Excellence in Education:


The Application Process

Please select something in previous step

The SFU initiative represents a focused and long-term effort in order to stimulate the development of education and innovative approaches in higher education at the bachelor and master levels.

The ambition of the initiative is to contribute to the development of excellent quality in higher education and to highlight the fact that teaching and research are equally important activities for universities, specialised universities and university colleges.

In principle, calls for bids for SFU status are open to all educational areas, but the Ministry of Education and Research may attach specific requirements to an individual round. It is the intention to put out a call for new centres every three years. Last call for applications found place in 2016.

Please select something in previous step
Please select something in previous step
Please select something in previous step