Ambitious about Education

The quality of the learning process and more international exchange is top of the agenda in UiB’s Education strategy for 2012.

Universitetsledelsen har lagt frem sine ambisjoner for utdanningen ved UiB.
Universitetsledelsen har lagt frem sine ambisjoner for utdanningen ved UiB.
Paul-Erik Rosenbaum

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The University Leadership recently outlined their plans for the Quality of Education and Exchange at the University of Bergen (UiB) for 2012.

– There have been a number of education initiatives in recent years and now the focus is on the quality of learning, Vice-Rector for Education Kuvvet Atakan says.

According to Atakan, UiB’s Education Committee has appointed a task force who are working on a report for learning objectives at the university and how they are to be achieved. The report will show all the elements that contribute to the learning process – from teaching to assessment and evaluation.

– This will form the basis for identifying which parts of the learning process that can be improved, Atakan says.

National conference

On 14 May, UiB is hosting a national Norwegian conference highlighting the importance of quality in education and where a report from the task force is presented.

– This is an excellent opportunity for us to get input and receive feedback and share our ideas with other players in the education sector, Atakan says.

– I want to invite all our students and employees to participate in the conference and contribute to the discussions on the subject.

30 Per Cent Exchange

A key element of the education strategy for 2012 is to increase the number of exchange students. This has always been important for UiB and by 2010 23 per cent of UiB students took part in exchange programmes and studied internationally.

According to Vice-Rector for International Relations, Astri Andresen, UiB’s strategy for internationalisation sets a goal of 30 per cent of students studying abroad for a semester or more.

BRIC and Japan

As for international education and exchange, there is special focus on Japan and the so-called BRIC economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China. Research and education collaboration with these countries is top of both the national and UiB’s agenda.

– These countries are of increasing importance in international research and higher education, as well as politically and financially. We want our students to be able to take part in these developments and there are a number of high-quality institutions that are attractive to Norwegian students, Andresen says.

She reserves special praise for the Japanese studies at UiB, which Andresen wants to nurture.