Tag: University of Oslo

Call for participants: Winter school “Mapping knowledge economies” in Oslo

unikeIn the framework of the UNIKE project, a winter school is arranged at the University of Oslo, Mon 30 Nov — Fri 04 Dec. The main theme for the winter school is “Mapping knowledge economies”. Target group for the winter school is PhD students and early career researchers. The winter school composes of three main pillars:

  • Scientific Training Package: Mapping knowledge economies
  • Complementary Training Package: Genres of research writing
  • Aspects of Doctoral Education: Training the mobile, modern knowledge worker

The main idea is to combine UNIKE’s specific contribution to the study of higher education – that is, the mix of political economy and ethnography – with the focus of the host institution, in this case, The University of Oslo. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about different ways of theorising knowledge economies – focusing on governance, financialisation and new relations between universities and different industrial sectors and changing perspectives on knowledge work. In the part that focuses on complementary skills, the focus will be on learning to translate one’s own research into policy advice through the writing of policy briefs; in this, the fellows will be helped by academics from The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU). Last, but not least, the part of the winter school that focuses on aspects of doctoral education will comprise a policy analysis and a writing workshop in which participants will be able to use their own experiences of mobility in doctoral education to reflect on broader processes of producing flexible and mobile workers for knowledge economies.

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Call for applicants: Oslo summer school!

uio logo nyThe Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Oslo is again arranging a summer school for doctoral students with an interest in comparative and methodological social science. Furthermore, researchers, scholars and MA students who aim at advanced study can apply for the course.

Note that in addition to a variety of other social science courses, the summer school has relevant courses for higher education studies! So, note the following courses:

The Political Economy of Skills and Inequality in Western Welfare States with Prof M.R. Busemeyer (University of Konstanz)

This seminar provides a thorough introduction into the study of education policies and politics from the perspective of comparative welfare state research and comparative political economy. The class provides an overview of the most important debates in the field: the link between education and social inequality, the role of partisan politics, the connection between skill formation and different varieties of capitalism, the study of public opinion on education and the process of internationalization and Europeanization of education policy.

Dates: 20 – 24 July 2015
Course Credits: 10 pts (ECTS)
Limitation: 25 participants

(read more here)

Governing Education in Europe: From Partnership to Privatisation with Professor Jenny Ozga (University of Oxford)




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.




News: World University Rankings 2012-2013 published last week

timesLast week the most recent set of World University Rankings was published. So, the top 10 includes Caltech, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cambridge, Imperial College of London, UC Berkeley, and Chicago. In essence the same list than last year with just Oxford and Stanford changing their places. The first non-US/non-UK institution was ETZ Zürich on 12th place.

The best Asian university was University of Tokyo on 27th, and THE editor Phil Baty featured in his analysis Alan Ruby who argued that there is a general rise of Asian universities in the list, likely to be linked to the austerity measures in Western universities and the focus on excellence in a number of Asian countries which now is paying off. However, another analysis indicates that the good or better positioning in rankings is not indicative of increasing quality across Asia – for instance in the case of India there is a clear differentiation in terms of institutions and the few highly selective institutions provide few spillovers to the whole system.

The best Nordic university is Karolinska on 42nd place. In Norway, nation wide media wrote about the University of Oslo rising some 17 places – where the rector is commenting how this rise is due to a long term efforts to raise research quality. Odd words after last years “dramatic fall” – which was just as many places down. This indicates that in a two year perspective the position is about the same. But in those  two years this has created two kinds of news – the dedication to research and results on the one hand, and the dramatic fall on the other hand. And one can of course question how many changes there really have been over two years. But one could argue that University of Oslos concerns about falling under the 200 list can be seen as quite grounded in some kind of public perception, considering how the group under 200 in the THE analysis is calledthe best of the rest” or as “they might be giants…or were“.




Scavanger Hunt for the international Master programmes

On Friday, first year students at the Hedda Higher Education Master Programme joined forces with the other international master programmes at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo for a Scavanger Hunt.

Students were divided into groups and got a number of tasks to complete across various parts of Oslo. This year the list included for instance finding a specific place for buying the best fresh vegetables, examining some of the hidden gems of nature around Oslo, getting to know second hand shops, as well as a number of landmarks of Oslo that can be of use for the students during their stay in Oslo. From the feedback this far, the day was filled with laughter and fun and lots and lots of sunshine!

To finish the day the students met all up for some pizza to exchange their experiences and rest after a hectic and fun day. We will later on publish the pictures and results of the Scavanger hunt competition here on the Hedda page, but for now we wanted to share a few snaps from the pizza night.

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Call for participants: Oslo summer school in comparative social sciences

uio logo nyThe Oslo summer school in Comparative Social Sciences was opened for applicants in January and the registration is still open.

The courses take place during two weeks – first set of courses takes place  22 July – 26 July 2013, and the second 29 July – 2 August 2013. Please note of special relevance the course provided by professor Anne Edwards from University of Oxford during week one on Researching Learning in Formal and Informal Settings.

That there is no specific deadline for applications, but they will be considered in an ongoing manner. As such, early application will secure you a slot.

While the courses target PhD students, there is also an opportunity for non-PhDs to apply (Master students in their final stages, professionals, etc).

Completion of the course with an approved course paper will assure you 10 ECTS.

The full set of courses includes the following:




Forcing researchers out of the closet – higher education at a science fair

In the end of September, the annual Oslo Science Fair (Forskningstorget) was held, and this year the Faculty of Education was represneted by the research group that focuses on higher education (HEIK).

The idea of researchers as contained in the ivory tower (or ‘closet’ as some might put it) seems to have been crumbling for some time. The repeated calls for research to be more relevant for society, and more accessible both for the policymakers and industry but also for general public, are often voiced in various contexts.

One could argue that this openness and accessibility can also take place through various means. On the one hand there is the need to produce knowledge that has a more direct application value. However, while the use of public money for applied research is promoted in a number of countries, the thought has also attracted some debate (see for instance recent The Economist debate on the topic), since the industry rarely focuses on funding pure research. Another thought is that pure research should also be made more accessible and open – and the results of research endeavours should be accessible through open access, and that researchers should put more efforts into entering the public debate and disseminate the results of their work.

The Oslo Science Fair can be seen as an example of the latter. This is part of a yearly event called National Science Days that takes place all over the country in end of September, and the stated purpose of the event is to promote curiosity about research, inform the public of the role of research in everyday life, enhance media interest, promote recruitment to research careers, and highlight the relationship between research, industry and innovation. 




Newest Times Higher Education rankings published

Yesterday evening Norwegian time, the newest THE Rankings were presented with considerable blast created around them. Having first been published since 2010, they have rapidly gained a spot in the rankings landscape amongst the more important ones. In the THE ranking, the list is topped by CalTech for the second year in a row, and Harvard (the usual number one in most rankings) has dropped down to fourth.

The top 10 list for this year includes CalTech, Stanford, Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cambridge, Imperial college London, UC Berkeley, Chicago. As such, there are no major surprises in the top – as usual it is dominated by US and UK institutions and with small fluctuations the top10 tends to be the same over the years.

The ranking is based on 13 performance indicators, which arguably are sufficient to provide a ranking that can take into account the roles of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. In this, teaching and measures of learning environments account for 30%, research volume, income and reputation for another 30%, citations for 30% and industry income and international outlook for 10% alltogether. As such, while the ambition is to show a comprehensive measure, the indicators are nevertheless strongly skewed towards research.

While there is no doubt that the particular balancing, choice of indicators and even the overall possibility to measure quality in terms of quantifiable indicators can always be criticized (and they have been to a great extent in the research literature), they still might be worth paying some attention to. Not least because they seem to create headlines in mainstream media, and form a basis for a number of opinions and decisions on higher education in national contexts.




Call for Participants: Oslo summer school in comparative social science

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Sciences will take place this year during two consecutive weeks: 23 July – 27 July 2012 and 30 July – 3 August 2012. The courses have various disciplinary linkages and several of them are of high relevance for higher education studies as well, for example: sociology, political science, economics, STS studies and various methodology courses.

The main target group is social science doctoral students. In addition, researchers, research scholars and MA students aiming at an advanced level are welcome to apply for admission.

The summer school is known for its high quality lecturers and upon successful completion of the one week intensive course with a course paper it is possible to earn 10 ECTS credits.

Oslo Summer School follow a very easy and fast application procedure, and all applicants always receive fast feedback on their compleded application regarding admission to any of our courses, and details about the application procedure is found here.

You can find more information about the application procedures on the summer school website.




Hedda Master programme in Higher Education: European/Nordic application round open!

Interested in an international master programme in Higher Education?

Know someone who is?


The Faculty of Education at the University of Oslo (Norway) is proud to offer an award winning 2-year Master of Philosophy Programme in Higher Education. We are delighted to announce that the application round for European and Nordic applicants is now open!

The programme is well known for its international scope. Over the years, the programme has attracted students from more than 40 countries from far away places such as the archipelago of Vanuatu (in the Pacific Ocean), India, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Ghana, China, in addition to a variety of European and Nordic countries.

The programme is built upon an innovative e-learning platform based on the audio recording of lectures, interviews with leading researchers, student/alumni blog entries, electronic reader, etc. The programme utilizes the most recent research and publications, as well as invites the leading researchers in the field to hold guest lectures.

Students in the programme have the opportunity to participate in various educational and networking events organised through the Hedda consortium.  Previously,  the Hedda students actively participated at an international higher education conference (Hedda 10th anniversary conference) arranged at the University of Oslo, as well as visited the European Commission and Norwegian Ministry of Education during field trips.

There are a limited number of places in this highly internationalised programme.

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA + Switzerland applicants – April 15th
  • Nordic applicants – June 1st

For information on how to apply, please visit the UiO home page of the master programme.

If you have any questions regarding the programme, please contact us at Hedda.