UNESCO-ICHEI and Norway Discussed Global Higher Education CooperationOctober 22, 2019
At the invitation of Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the UNESCO-ICHEI delegation visited Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the University of Oslo respectively on October 21, 2019. Issues of higher education governance, quality assurance and quality enhancement and African higher education development have been extensively and deeply discussed.
In the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, Mr. Joakim Bakke, director of Departement for Higher Education, Research and International Affairs of the ministry, warmly welcomed UNESCO-ICHEI delegation and chaired the meeting. Representatives from Norway who also attended the meeting were: secretary general of Universities Norway, director of Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education(NOKUT), director of Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education(Diku), and Secretary General of Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO. Members of UNESCO-ICHEI delegation include: director Mr LI Ming, deputy director Ms HAN Wei, senior education expert Mr. YAO Haogen, and programme officer Ms. BI Xiaohan.
The Norwegian representatives made a comprehensive presentation of higher education in Norway, including its strategy and priorities for development, the governance system, quality assurance and quality enhancement, international cooperation and other topics of common concern. UNESCO-ICHEI introduced its higher education projects in Africa and Asia Pacific, International Institute of Online Education (IIOE) and its coordination in the Shenzhen Funds-In-Trust Project to support and promote higher education quality assurance in Africa and online and blended learning in universities in Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Joakim Bakke said that UNESCO-ICHEI and Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research shared many common interests in the field of quality assurance, qualification and accreditation and Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research is willing to further explore the point for future cooperation with UNESCO-ICHEI and work together to establish a global cooperative ecosystem in related fields.
Director LI Ming said that UNESCO-ICHEI is willing to establish a long-term partnership with Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, to cooperate in areas of common concerns, and to better participate in the development of global higher education.
The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research cooperates closely with UNESCO in higher education, and UNESCO-ICHEI being UNESCO’s category 2 centre in higher education is willing to explore opportunities and areas of cooperation with Norway.
At the University of Oslo, professor Åse Gornitzka,vice president of the university, together with the deputy director of international cooperation, online education experts and other colleagues received the delegation. Both sides fully exchanged views on university cooperation, online education, ICT capacity building, and expressed their mutual willingness to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in relevant areas in the future.
The University of Oslo is the oldest research and higher education institution in Norway, with 28000 students and 7000 employees. The university has eight departments and research centers, as well as 10 excellence centers in Norway.