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-The Quota programme should be continued

The consequences of the discontinuation of the Quota programme in 2015 is under evaluation.

Studenter i gruppearbeid
Group work; Manussawinee Bhumiwat, Aina Roca Barcelo, Zaheer Gadeer, Doreen Pamba, students at CIH.
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Anne Sidsel Herdlevær

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) has been given the responsibility for the evaluation, and is has taken place this summer. The evaluation will be summed up in a  report which should be ready by September 1, 2018, to be sent to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Centre for International Health (CIH) has not been asked to take part in the evaluation, but still wishes to contribute, as CIH has experienced the Quota programme as very important for the academic subject area global health.

CIH has sent a letter to SIU and the Ministry of Education and research about this topic.

Our main message:

The knowledge on how to solve the main challenges in global health is more important than ever. Norway is known as an important contributor for global health both financially, and with knowledge in research, teaching and education.

Large sums of money and a lot of energy are spent on "Agenda 2030" and "Sustainable Development Goals". In addition, a large amount of Norway's state budget goes toward different types of developmental aid. Centre for International Health (CIH) means that all these tasks are very important. CIH can show multiple examples where the quota programme has led to a sustainable, academic programme structure in the south. A continued quota programme, with a full term scholarship in Norway will be an outstanding instrument to continue to support this work.

Centre for International Health is willing to contribute to work towards establishing a new, revised quota programme.