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UiA gets 51 million for cooperation within higher education and research in developing countries

Three projects at the University of Agder will receive funding from Norad’s NORHED programme in 2021.

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Three projects at the University of Agder will receive funding from NORHED. The goal of the projects is to strengthen higher education institutions in the Global South. (Photo: Lisa Mari Bynes, Aptum)

The Faculty of Social Sciences receives funding for two projects and the Faculty of Engineering and Science receives funding for one project. UiA has been successful with three out of nine applications to the NORHED II call for proposals. The goal of the projects is to strengthen the quality of higher education and research in developing countries

Facts about NORHED

  • NORHED is Norway’s flagship programme for development in higher education and research
  • The goal is to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries to produce higher-quality education and research, and a more inclusive higher education.
  • The partnership model is based on cooperation between higher education institutions in Norway and developing countries.

These are the projects that will receive funding:

  • Professor Ann Christin Nielsen at the Department of Sociology and Social Work has been awarded NOK 19,578,623 for the project Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in East-Africa. Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are partner countries.
  • Associate Professor Arnhild Leer-Helgesen at the Department of Global Development and Planning has been awarded NOK 11,111,567 for the project Gender and digitalization across context. Tanzania and Uganda are partner countries.
  • Professor Karl-Heinz Frank Reichert at the Department of Information and Communication Technology has been awarded NOK 20,000,000 for the project Transformative Education and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Growth. Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda are partner countries.

Norad received 199 applications for NORHED funds. 60 of them will get funding. Total amount applied for is NOK 3.1 billion, while the total budget for the call is NOK 1.1 billion.

“Due to the high competition and limited funding available, many relevant and high-quality projects have unfortunately been rejected”, says coordinator for the NORHED programme Jeanette da Silva in a press release from Norad