NOKUT report useful for Nord University

Rektor Bjørn Olsen
NOKUT’s board recently heard the report of the preliminary review of Nord University following the institutional merger. The university will further develop its systems of oversight prior to the next NOKUT audit in 2018.

Nord University was established on January 1 2016 following a merger between University of Nordland, Nord-Trøndelag University College and Nesna University College. The merger was the result of political processes aimed at forming bigger, more robust institutions for higher education in Norway.

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) has conducted a preliminary review of Nord University’s operational status following the merger, including with reference to the incorporation of two relatively large university colleges* into the institution.  Nord University is positive to the review and to external oversight of the university in the founding phase.

- We are satisfied that NOKUT and Nord University have concurrent views on the most important areas for future development. The process with NOKUT has been useful and educational, and the recommendations provided in the report concur, to a large degree, with development processes that are being established or are already underway, says Rector Bjørn Olsen.

- We are satisfied that NOKUT has confidence in the processes the institution has established and that these are viewed as relevant. Nord University will be given time to further develop the institution in the coming years, prior to an audit of the institution’s quality assurance work in 2018, says Bjørn Olsen.

Independent of the NOKUT review, Nord University has implemented processes to ensure that institution’s contributions to research and education of a high standard.

The central processes are:

  • Initial review and coordination of the academic portfolio.
  • Evaluation and differentiation of study locations.
  • New system of oversight and handbook for oversight of academic activities.
  • Professional development and recruitment of academic staff with higher qualifications.

- The NOKUT report provides important policy signals in relation to our implementation of difficult internal prioritization in the coming years. We have confidence that the ministry and parliament will support these processes by ensuring sufficient funding for further development, says Rector Bjørn Olsen.

NOKUT’s report with its recommendations is available here (in Norwegian).

* In Norway, university colleges (høgskoler) have a lesser degree of autonomy than universities (universitet), specifically in relation to establishment of degree programmes at the master level. Read more about Norway’s higher education system on NOKUT’s website.

More information

For more information, contact Rector Bjørn Olsen: +47 91306171.