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Student chronicle: Studying the field you work in

Elisabeth Josefine Lackner (Hedda master programme and

Elisabeth Josefine Lackner
(Hedda master programme and Student Information and Communications Office at the University of Oslo)

Have you ever wondered in what ways knowing more about higher education research adds value to working as a practitioner in higher education administration? This entry is written by Elisabeth Josefine Lackner who is a student in the Hedda master programme and at the same time working as an administrative manager at Student Information and Communications Office at the University of Oslo. 

What is the added value of added theory on your work? I have asked myself that question many times the last six months, after enrolling into the Higher Education Master Programme at University of Oslo last autumn. And although added theoretical knowledge on the field I work in sometimes frankly complicates my daily doings in the work sphere, it does provide insight, thoughts, opinions and methods that add a valuable X-factor to my work.

And vice versa.

Although it is hard to mentally liberate oneself from the rightfully applied and experience based work sphere, the touch with reality that work experience gives, makes the literature we read, the discussions in class and assignments ever so much more richer and many-faceted.

First and foremost I am a higher education professional. But I write this post as a student of higher education. I have worked within or along the borders of the field since I graduated from university, in both the public and private sectors and presently as a communications manager working centrally at the University of Oslo. Yet, last summer I decided – after long-lasting considerations on what to pursue in a long longed for master’s degree – to add academic knowledge to my professional self and additionally study a field which I have learned is so fascinating and nevertheless vital to individuals and society.

Yet, studying the field within which you work and vice-versa enriches and frankly complicates your daily business and perspectives.

Let’s start with enrichment. After attending lectures and seminars I stroll back to my daily business of meetings, emails and phone calls, presentations, contracts and hiring– normal business in many office jobs. If not the academic knowledge I have achieved through the curriculum can guide me in my daily operative tasks, it does provide a richer and more interesting context for the even work-day. For instance, I do perceive that I am more able to read changes in the applied field through other lenses. For instance, after over six months of studying higher education, it is hard for me not to couple the ongoing present expansion of NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) with the roll out of New Public Management in Norwegian public sector and higher education field.




Seminar: Educating the Deliberate Professional Through Workplace Learning

We are delighted to share with you another seminar recording from the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures). HEIK is a research group located at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in University of Oslo, the coordinating institution of Hedda.

This video features Assoc. Prof. Franziska Trede (Charles Sturt University), the title of the presentation is “Educating the Deliberate Professional Through Workplace Learning“. The seminar was recorded in January 2014 in Oslo. You can read the abstract for the session here.




Thematic week: 2013 EAIE conference – practice oriented and on grand scale

The 25th Annual EAIE Conference was held in Istanbul about two weeks ago, 10-13th of September. Unlike other conferences, this is targeting educational professionals and not only researchers. As such, the conference is also on a very different scale.

For this conference, we asked two people to give a brief insight regarding their impressions of the conference – Eva Maria Reina (UNICA) and Hedda Master Programme graduate Jason Wertz (Norwegian Business School)

Eva Maria Reina  (UNICA)

Eva Maria Reina
(UNICA)

Eva Maria Reina from UNICA gives a brief summing up from what her impressions were. UNICA is a Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe and Eva Maria works there as a project manager. 

The 25th Annual EAIE Conference took place in Istanbul on 10-13 September and happened to be the most attended conference in the history of the EAIE. The event gathered more than 4800 higher education professionals from over 90 countries to discuss different trends in internationalization of higher education under the title “Waving the future of international partnerships”.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the EAIE annual conferences, the organization released a publication aiming to explore the next 25 years of international higher education, which gathered inspiring essays from renown authors in the field, such as Philip Altbach, Jane Knight and Hans de Wit.

The Opening Plenary counted on the participation of the Turkish minister of education, Nabi Abci, who highlighted the responsibility of universities in promoting diversity, global awareness and human rights. British politician and UN diplomat Paddy Ashdown shared with the audience his inspiring views on the future of higher education in a changing world. He mentioned four key aspects that in his opinion will imply deep global changes: the shift of power, the end of the western hegemony, the increasing creation of international networks, and the development of human capital.