European and Global Collaboration
The University of Bergen is affiliated with several international networks and associations. One of the functions of the UiB Brussels Office is to participate actively in order to fully gain from the opportunities provided by these networks.
UnILiON (Universities Informal Liaison Offices Network)
UnILiON is an informal network which functions as an arena of exchange where the participants can share information, cultivate collaboration and function as information multipliers within the network as well as towards the represented organizations. The network consists of 50 liaison offices which represent 156 excellent universities based in Europe, Japan and Russia.
Science|Business is a network of universities, companies and research and policy organizations which aims at uniting the industry, research and policy worlds. The network functions as a powerful forum for advancing innovation by arranging meetings and other events for speakers and audiences wanting to make a difference.
Science|Business also distributes newsletters about Research and Innovation.
Arqus European University Alliance
The Arqus European University Alliance is a multilateral alliance of seven longstanding comprehensive research universities; namely the universities of Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padua and Vilnius. The alliance is constituted by internationalized institutions which share academic, scientific and cultural objectives, a common vision of the role of higher education and research and mutual fields of interest.
The name of the Alliance originates from the Latin term arcus, which means arch; a symbol of building bridges toward a shared future. The consortium is laying strong foundations as a response to grand global societal challenges and to advance towards deeper European integration.
The Coimbra Group
The Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. One of the commitments of the Group is to create special academic and cultural ties with the intention of promoting internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European educational policy and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience.
The European Commission’s Global Coalition United for Biodiversity
The University of Bergen is the first university in the world to participate in the European Commission’s Global Coalition United for Biodiversity. The Coalition was launched on the World Wildlife Day 2020 by EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius. The purpose of the Coalition is increasing the mobilization in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity.
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is the largest energy research community in Europe. The association brings together 250 universities and public research centers in 30 countries, and its joint research programmes cover the whole range of low-carbon technologies as well as systemic and cross-cutting topics.
Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa from the University of Bergen sits in the executive Committee, which together with the General Assembly of the Members is one of the governing bodies of the Association.
The Utrecht Network
The Utrecht Network is a representative European-wide network of 31 universities from 26 countries, cooperating on the enhancement of the internationalization process of the academic sector. The common mission of the participating universities is to share best practice, and the network is particularly committed to areas of activity such as student and staff mobility, summer schools, the internationalization of curriculum, joint curricula and double/joint degrees.
SDG Bergen – The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Bergen
In 2018, the University of Bergen was appointed official Hub for SDG14: Life below water by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). In 2021, the university was appointed for a second 3-year period based on its inspirational work to save our ocean. The University is Bergen is also the SDG14 leader for the International Association of Universities (IAU) global Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster.
Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik (IUC)
The IUC is an independent centre for advanced study, constituted by 170 universities and research institutions from all around the world. IUC serves as a bridge between different European regions and between Europe and the world through connecting scientific communities. The centre supports collaboration on global challenges such as human universal values and rights, health, education, poverty and climate.
Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD)
SANORD is a centre for multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the Southern African and Nordic regions which was formally established in January 2007. 29 Southern African universities and 22 Nordic universities constitute the network, whose activities are closely linked to its core values of democracy, trust, social equity and academic engagement.
The University of the Arctic (UArctic)
UArctic is a network of universities, research institutions and other organizations involved in research and education in and about the North. The network is committed to enhancing human capacity in the North through cooperation in research, education and outreach.
UArctic is committed to upholding its principles of sustainable development as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
WUN is a network of 22 universities across 6 continents, forming a diverse partnership of talent and resources to tackle the major research problems of today. Its Research Development Fund allows researchers from partner universities to collaborate on the following global challenges:
- Responding to Climate Change
- Public Health
- Global Higher Education and Research
- Understanding Cultures
WUN also provides opportunities for students at graduate and undergraduate levels through a Research Mobility Programme as well as initiatives that bring students from partner universities together for a shared research experience.
Other international networks with which the University of Bergen is affiliated:
- Nordic Centre in India
- Nordic Centre in Shanghai
- Nordic institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)
- Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study
- UiB-Makerere Collaboration Programme
- The Nordic Institute at Athens