Questions and Answers
What are the aims and objectives of NORPART? Which countries are eligible as partner countries in NORPART? These questions and more are answered here.
1. What are the aims and objectives of NORPART?
In 2015 the Norwegian government proposed, and the Storting decided, to replace the quota scheme with a new partnership programme for collaboration between universities and university colleges in Norway and corresponding institutions in developing countries. SIU has developed NORPART and will administer the programme. NORPART shall be a flexible tool for institutional cooperation, with a long-term perspective. The overall aim of NORPART is to enhance the quality of higher education in Norway and developing countries through academic cooperation and mutual student mobility. Further, the purpose is to enhance study programmes through international collaboration.
2. Which countries are eligible as partner countries in NORPART?
Higher education institutions in thirty-nine developing countries are eligible for funding from NORPART, in partnership with one or more institutions in Norway. The list includes the focus countries for Norwegian development cooperation, as well as developing countries that are already engaged in extensive academic cooperation with Norway. It is not possible to add new countries to the list for this call.
The BRICS countries are not included in the programme, but they are covered by measures under the Panorama strategy of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
3. Why is the focus on both student mobility and other forms of academic cooperation important in the NORPART programme?
The idea is that mobile students will prosper academically and gain an international understanding, intercultural competence and access to international networks. They will bring new perspectives back to their home institutions, thus contributing to internationalisation at home.
At the same time, educational cooperation facilitates knowledge sharing, network building and the development of better and more relevant academic programmes. This will lead to enhanced quality of higher education and strengthen the partners in a long-term perspective. International cooperation connects the partners closer to global knowledge production and strengthens the education and research at the institutions, better enabling them to effectively address local and global challenges. Academic cooperation on education and study programmes will benefit all partners and can have long-lasting, sustainable impact on the quality of education and research.
4. Is it a requirement to include student mobility in the projects?
Student mobility through academic partnerships is a core element in NORPART, with emphasis on the mobility of students from partner countries to Norway. The purpose of the mobility may be participation in teaching (courses), supervision, fieldwork, research activities etc. Student work placements relevant to the academic programmes may also be supported. To meet the programme objective of increasing the mobility of students from developing countries to Norway, the number of students coming to Norway through NORPART projects must be substantial. The number of mobile students to and from Norway does not have to be balanced and the purpose and length of the mobility stays may differ between the partner institutions. The focus of the projects shall be on Master level. PhD and Bachelor level activities may also be included, but student mobility at Bachelor level cannot be funded by the programme. The applicants should design the projects in the way they consider best suited to achieve the project goals and the programme’s objectives.
5. For how long can students go abroad?
Student mobility stays of 3-12 months duration at the Master level and 3-18 months at the PhD level will be possible through bilateral exchange agreements, sandwich programmes or joint degrees. Stays of less than three months may also be covered in relation to other project activities.
Rates and regulations are described in the Budget guidelines (Appendix 2 in the Call)
6. Does NORPART fund student mobility on Bachelor level?
The focus of the projects shall be on the Master level. Activities at PhD and Bachelor level may be included in the projects, but student mobility at Bachelor level cannot be funded by NORPART. However, Bachelor students may travel with other funding, such as from the State Educational Loan Fund or Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility.
7. Can research activities be supported by NORPART?
NORPART only supports costs related to research activities that are clearly linked to educational activities. However, student participation in research activities/projects is amongst the activities that may be supported. Support may be granted to activities that contribute to fulfil the programme’s objectives. Activities may include all fields of education, and involve multiple fields and disciplines (multidisciplinary projects).
8. Can students from developing countries receive their degrees in Norway?
In so far as possible, the academic degrees of the students from developing countries shall be issued at the partner university in a developing country or as a joint degree. However, in cases where the partner institution does not yet offer an accredited study programme at the relevant level, the Norwegian institution may issue the degree. In such cases, the application must clarify the reasons for this, and a description of plans/strategies for developing relevant academic programmes at the partner institution must be included in the application.
9. Can international students apply directly to NORPART for scholarships?
NORPART is a partnership programme where institutions apply for funding for a long-term project (five years), which includes mobility mainly of Master students that are already enrolled at the partner institutions. Individual students cannot apply for funding directly to NORPART.
10. Can projects include more than one partner in developing countries?
Projects can include one or several partners that will contribute to the project by taking part in activities and/or providing resources. These partners may be other higher education institutions, public or private enterprises, research institutes, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), or other formalised organisations/institutions in Norway or in the partner countries. At least one partner must be an accredited higher education institution in one of the NORPART partner countries. Partners outside Norway or the NORPART partner countries may in certain cases be included, provided that they bring essential added value, but play a limited role in the project as a whole.
11. Is it an advantage to demonstrate synergies with other funding programmes?
Documented synergies with other funding programmes, such as Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, other international and regional programmes for higher education and research in the partner countries, or NORHED, NORGLOBAL and other Norwegian-funded programmes, will strengthen the application.
12. When is the next call for applications in NORPART?
The new Call for Applications will be published in February 2018, for the project period 2019-2023.
13. Will it be possible to apply for funding for a second project period?
Yes, the aim is to allow the partnerships to apply for funding for a second project period.
14. Can SIU assist in search for partner institutions?
SIU cannot assist institutions in the search for partner institutions or relevant academic personnel. Please find a list and short description of Norwegian higher education institutions at our website Study in Norway You will also find a list on NOKUTs website.
The applications shall be developed by the Norwegian applicant together with one or more partners in developing countries. Applicants should have clarified their agreement of cooperation before starting the application process in SIU’s online platform for applications and reporting (Espresso).
15. What is the financial frame of the programme?
The allocations to NORPART will increase in step with the conclusion of quota students' periods of study in Norway. After some years, the total annual allocations to the programme are expected to amount to around NOK 50 million.
16. What is the time frame of the 2018 Call?
- Deadline for applications for five-year projects: 31 May 2018
- All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application process, tentatively in November 2018
- Projects that are allocated funding will start up from January 2019
17. Where can you find the application form?
The application form for 2018 is available at SIU’s online platform for applications and reporting (Espresso) under "Programmes open to new applications".