Global challenges at UiB
Global challenges affect us all — they are complex and interdisciplinary by nature, and at the University of Bergen they influence how we work and collaborate across academic disciplines.
Global challenges is one of the University’s three strategic areas. This builds on a long tradition of promoting excellent research and education in development-related research. This type of research has been of major societal importance, and has brought a critical scientific perspective to discussions of different global challenges in different arenas locally, nationally and internationally. Over the years, researchers at the University of Bergen (UiB) have developed long-lasting and close collaboration with several partners in the South.
For the period from 2016-2022, 'global challenges' will scientifically focus on migration, health and inequality. The strategic area also includes a Centre of Excellence, CISMAC, that addresses equitable promotion of maternal and child health in poor populations.
‘Transformation’ is a keyword for preparing to meet the challenges lined up in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UiB takes this need for transformation seriously and, through the establishment of strategic focus areas, is continuously seeking to meet society’s continuous need for cutting-edge knowledge.
UiB is developing and co-ordinating relevant courses and programmes to equip students for the challenges lying ahead. With its international expertise and focus, the University of Bergen aims to be the destination of choice for all students interested in global issues.
The faculties at UiB will co-operate to provide knowledge about complex global challenges. Students will gain the necessary competencies to handle the intricacy and interdisciplinarity of tomorrow’s global challenges. Administrative barriers for interdisciplinary co-operation between faculties at UiB will be removed.
Interdisciplinarity is necessary to conduct research that will impact global challenges. UiB encourages co-operation across disciplines and faculties, and will especially promote interdisciplinary research in the areas of migration, health and inequality, as these three topics addresses key global challenges.
UiB aims to establish strong interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers and research groups. Collaboration between research schools will be encouraged, and educating young interdisciplinary researchers will be prioritised.
In order to anchor and coordinate this effort at all levels across the University, a strategic working group with representatives from all the faculties has been given the responsibility for further developing UiB’s global challenges’ strategy. The Deans at all seven faculties at UiB form a steering group.
The strategy work receives special administrative support from a unit which is part of Centre for International Health. This administrative unit will, in particular, work to promote research and education related to global challenges, and organise meeting places for students, PhD-candidates, researchers and society in general.
The work on global challenges was officially launched 15 May 2017 with a day-long seminar in the University Aula, attended by over 200 participants.
Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dean, Faculty of Humanities
Dean, Faculty of Psychology
Karl Harald Søvig
Dean, Faculty of Law
Jan Erik Askildsen
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Henrik von Achen
Dean, University Museum of Bergen
Strategic working group
Professor and Vice Dean of Research
Department of Biomedicine
Bente E. Moen
Centre for International Health
Hakan G. Sicakkan (Bjørn Bertelsen)
Department of Comparative Politics
Haldis Haukanes (Gro Sandal)
Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology
Henriette Sinding Aasen (Magne Strandberg)
Faculty of Law
Anne-Helen Mydland (Frans Jacobi)
Professor, Vice Dean
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Ørjan Totland (Inger Måren)
Professor, Head of Department
Department of Biology
Anne K. Bang (Øyvind Gjerstad)
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion
Guri Rørtveit (Astrid Blystad)
Head of Department
Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
Bergen School of Global Studies
Department of Comparative Politics