Health, welfare and education

Health, welfare, and education are core areas for Nord University's central professional education programs. Through studies and research, Nord University contributes to ensuring good living conditions and quality of life in all areas of life.

There is high demand for skilled candidates within the health, welfare and education sectors. In particular, Nord University will reinforce research within the health sciences, health, social and welfare services, and schools and education. Nord University will work closely with each sector in order to deliver highly relevant research and education, and to increase the quality and capacity of work placement for students. 

Nord University has an important national role in professional studies, particularly in the education and further education of teachers, nurses, and social workers, making the field of health, welfare, and education central. Integrated with the other profile areas, this contributes to the development of knowledge and attractive communities.

Professional programs are characterized by research-based education, which is the foundation for providing the health, education, and welfare sectors with competent professionals. Graduates from the university will, in addition to meeting national requirements, have fundamental knowledge of how blue and green growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship impact societal and economic development.

This research aims to promote good health, innovation, and service development in close collaboration with service providers and recipients. User rights, local conditions, and the use of modern digital solutions and welfare technology are natural parts of this endeavor.

Helse, velferd og oppvekst

Goals

Health, welfare, and upbringing are the foundations for creating quality of life - both at a collective level through public health and at an individual level through personal well-being. Simplified, there are three pillars for good quality of life: Act - keep active, Belong - connect with others, and Commit - do something meaningful, all of which are important factors within this thematic focus.

Without good healthcare services, welfare provisions, and conditions for upbringing, society collapses; children do not receive education, and citizens do not receive necessary healthcare, which in turn leads to population decline. Providing good conditions for upbringing is also an investment in our common future. Both the research and education at Nord University address regional needs, in addition to the national responsibility of maintaining strong professional quality in our professional programs.

This research aims to promote good health, innovation, and service development in close collaboration with service providers and recipients. User rights, local conditions, and the use of modern digital solutions and welfare technology are natural parts of this endeavor.

Research projects related to health, welfare and education

  • Goal of the project

    The goal of this project is to understand how school absenteeism is perceived and managed in Norwegian primary schools.

    Project leader

    Ingrid Fylling

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2021-2026

  • Goal of the project

    The project will examine how Sami and Inuit home-based practices as everyday activities represent a form of cultural resilience following the effects of assimilation, colonization, and post-war welfare policies in the Scandinavian countries.

    Project leader

    Astri Dankertsen

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2021-2025

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  • Goal of the project

    The project investigates co-creation, which refers to a specific type of interaction among public, private, and civil actors.

    Project leader

    Asbjørn Røiseland

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

  • Goal of the project

    The project examines the requirements for governing turbulence and seeks to develop an understanding of the various factors that affect resilience in governance, public institutions, and different forms of collaboration.

    Project leader

    Janne Irén Paulsen Breimo

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2021-2024

  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to acquire relevant knowledge and develop targeted measures to address specific competence and gender equality challenges that the university currently faces.

    Project leader

    Gry Cathrin Brandser

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2018-2021

  • Goal of the project

    The project examines recent attempts to promote trust-based governance in Danish and Norwegian municipalities.

    Project leader

    Christian Lo

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2020-2023

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  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to develop new knowledge on how gender (and age, class, and ethnicity) influences the use and management of the outlying areas.

    Project leader

    Aase Kristine Lundberg (Nordlandsforskning)

    Funding

    Forskningsrådet - Miljøforsk

    Time period

    2019-2023

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  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to study insights into the access and provision of benefits and services among parents of children with disabilities.

    Project leader

    Cecilie Høj Anvik

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2020-2023

  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to strengthen Computational Thinking (CT) in schools (grades 2-8) by providing innovative teaching materials and an engaging game app that motivates students to practice.

    Project leader

    Helga Dis Isfold Sigurdardottir

    Funding

    EU Erasmus+

    Time period

    2021-2022

  • Goal of the project

    This project investigates what happens when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is implemented in a Scandinavian context.

    PI at Nord

    Astri Dankertsen

    Funding

    Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond

    Time period

    2021-2023

  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to promote integration and work towards social and ethnic diversity.

    Project leader

    Yan Zhao

    Funding

    Bufdir

    Time period

    2007 - ongoing

  • Goal of the project

    The main goal of the project is to identify sociocultural and material factors that influence health, illness, and survival in Finnmark.

    PI at Nord

    Trude Karine Olaug Gjernes

    Funding

    Regionalt forskningsfond Nordland

    Time period

    2018-2021

  • Goal of the project

    The project addresses research on the topics of skills, care, and well-being among elderly individuals in a digitally driven world.

    Funding

    Horizon 2020

    Time period

    2019-2023

    Read more about INNOVATEDIGNITY

  • Goal of the project

    This partnership aims to address, from a comprehensive and international perspective, the most pressing issues facing the education sector in order to better prepare the next generation of teachers. By connecting educational research, classroom experience, student mobility, and institutional leadership, CANOPY will develop global expertise in pedagogy, research, and training through international collaboration.

    Funding

    Direktoratet for høyere utdanning og kompetanse

    Time period

    2020-2024

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  • Goal of the project

    Through the project, a practical continuing education course for teachers in upper secondary school in Nordland will be developed and tested.

    Project leader

    Karin Marie Antonsen (Nordlandsforskning)

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2021-2023

    Read more about FULVIS

  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to inspire and develop the competence of existing and establish new learning networks, with the overarching goal of developing a resource platform for facilitators in the cultural and creative sector (CCS). This platform will provide them with tools for ongoing creative development of the cultural and creative sectors.

    Project leader

    European Training Center Copenhagen (DK)

    Funding

    Erasmus+

    Time period

    2021

  • Goal of the project

    The project is developing a new course on intercultural competence to better prepare teacher education students for their modern Norwegian workplace - a multilingual classroom with a more diverse student population.

    Project leader

    Natallia Bahdanovich Hanssen

    Funding

    Direktoratet for høyere utdanning og kompetanse

    Time period

    2022-2024

    Read more about VOICES

  • Goal of the project

    The project aims to ensure that Norway is at the forefront of the development of innovative IT education.

    Project leader

    Robin Isfold Munkvold

    Funding

    Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen

    Time period

    2017-2021