University Leadership

Norwegian Proficiency in Academia – from Words to Action

In the action plan Frå ord til handling. Handlingsplan for norsk fagspråk i akademia, ['From Words to Action: Action Plan for Norwegian Language for Specific Purposes’] the government proposes regulations that would mandate Norwegian language proficiency among educators in Norwegian higher education institutions. Additionally, the government suggests that institutions provide language training to doctoral and postdoctoral fellows.

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The purpose of the seminar is to discuss specific actions that institutions may take to implement the new language policy measures. 

The seminar is open to all who are interested and will be conducted in Norwegian and English. 

It is no longer possible to sign up for lunch, but everyone has open access to the seminar without signing up.


09.00Coffee, tea, and networking 
09.30New regulations for Norwegian language proficiency and language training
  • Marit Ubbe, Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills

How may institutions meet the new requirements? Research-based advice based on Norwegian and Danish studies      

  • Kari Mari Jonsmoen, Academic Language and Practice, Oslomet
  • Kjersti Faldet Listhaug, VOCabulary and the multilingual mental LEXicon, NTNU
  • Else Berit Molde, Norwegian in Academia (NINjA), University of Bergen
  • Janus Mortensen, Centre for Internalisation and Parallel Language Use, UCPH

What can leaders do to meet the new requirements? Panel discussion with leaders from higher education institutions in Bergen. 

  • Benedicte Carlsen, Vice-rector for Research and International Relations (UiB)
  • Trine J. Meza, Rector, Kristania University College
  • Randi Holmås, Adviser, Rectors’ staff, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
  • Dagmar Langeggen, Director Library, Norwegian Business School (BI)
  • Anders Fagerjord, Head of Department, Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies (UiB)
  • Tor Eldevik, Head of Department, Geophysical Institute (UiB)
  • Pål Ellingsen, Head of Department, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)

Moderator: Njord V. Svendsen

12.15Lunch (free upon registration)

What can colleagues do to meet the new requirements? Panel discussion with permanent staff and staff in recruitment positions at higher education institutions in Bergen 

  • Marte Emil Sandvik Haaland, The Young Academy of Norway (AYF)
  • Muntequa Ishtiaq Siraji, UiB Doc
  • Wills Kalisha, NLA University College
  • Marie van der Kloet, University of Bergen
  • Matthew Scott Landers, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Moderator: Njord V. Svendsen

14.15Closing remarks