All set for Chinese studies

The University of Bergen establishes a new Bachelor programme in Chinese and makes changes to ease the academic progress for Psychology students.

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The University Board’s decision in November 2012 to create a Bachelor programme in Chinese at the University of Bergen (UiB) follows up on previous moves to establish a stronger tie between the Norwegian university and partner universities in Asia. Recently a Japanese programme was set up at UiB and now this Chinese programme. This is a direct result of resources allocated in the revised national budget earlier this autumn.

In conjunction with the new programme, the Faculty of Humanities created an academic post. UiB is also entering into a partnership with Hanban, the Chinese headquarters of the Confucius Institutes, who work on behalf of the Chinese authorities to establish the teaching of Chinese language and culture worldwide.

UiB’s Department of Foreign Languages has drawn up a curriculum for the programme, which will admit 20 new students in 2013. This includes the 10 earmarked slots that were allocated in the revised national budget.

Master programme in Psychology

The University Board also voted in favour of a Master programme in Psychology at UiB’s Faculty of Psychology, pending approval from the Ministry of Education and Research. This is based on the faculty’s wish to switch from its current one-year study programme to a more standardised Master programme.

Around 500 students are tied to the one-year programme, which is the basis of the currently 82 spots in professional studies in psychology at UiB. The stiff competition for admission to the professional studies leads to a large number of repeat admissions and exams. This hampers the academic progress of the individual student and the capacity for admission of new students.