Today the international expert panel revealed the nine finalists that will compete for the status as Centre for Excellence in Education.

– I want to congratulate the nine finalists with their spot in the final round. We know that they have put in a lot of work in the bids that they sent in May, and the competition for a place in the final was tough, says NOKUT director Terje Mørland.

NOKUT received 22 bids from 12 institutions by the May deadline. This is the third call for new Centres for Excellence in Education, and Mørland says that the bidders have put forward ambitious, high quality bids.

– We see an increase in the level of ambition in these bids when it comes to activities, budgets and the number of relevant partners. Unfortunately, only a few can reach the final and I wish to thank all those who put forward bids this time.

The finalists come from several institutions and subject areas

The finalists come from six different institutions and diverse subject areas such as film, medicine and information technology.

The following bids will continue to the final round:

  • Lillehammer University College
    CEFIMA – Centre of Excellence in Film and Interactive Media Arts
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
    SITRAP – Centre for Integrated and Transdisciplinary Education in Planning
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    o SCOPE – Center for Excellence in Medical Education
    o Engage – Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship
    o EXcITEd – Excellent IT Education
  • Oslo og Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
    Centre for Interprofessional Interaction with Children and Youth
  • University of Bergen
     iEarth – Centre for Integrated Earth System Education
  • University of Oslo
    CCSE – Center for Computing in Science Education
  • UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
    INTERPROF – Centre for Interprofessional Education in Health and Social Sciences

Read the expert panel’s assessments (pdf)


Photo: The expert panel 2016
Ingvild Andersen Helseth (left) and Helen Bråten (right) from NOKUT together with the expert panel in London. From the left hand side: Professor Peter Dieter, Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Philippa Levy, Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Duncan Lawson, Professor and Chief Executive Stephanie Marshall, Professor and Head of Development Astrid Elbek and Student Christine Alveberg.


Ready for site visits

Next, the expert panel will conduct site visits to the nine finalists, where they will interview key groups mentioned in the bids. This, together with the bids themselves, will lay ground for which of the proposed centres that eventually end up with the status as Centres for Excellence in Education.

NOKUT has scheduled site visits for 22-26 August and 5-9 September, and will contact the finalists within in the next few days in order to make further arrangements.

NOKUT will reveal which proposed centres that receive the status as Centres for Excellence in Education at NOKUT’s annual conference on higher education on 1 November 2016.

Read more about this year's call


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