Academic communities with the status of 'Centre for Excellence in Education' (SFU) demonstrate excellence in teaching and education, and develop innovative practices in education. The ambition of the prestigious national initiative is to foster excellent research-based education.
The Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education is a prestigious scheme that gives Norway’s leading educational communities the resources to further develop their programmes and practises. The scheme is a targeted and long-term effort to stimulate the development of teaching practises and new approaches to learning in higher education – both at bachelor’s and master’s degree level.
Only world leading educational communities are awarded the status after comprehensive assessment. The status is awarded for five years at the time with the possibility to renew it for another five years after a midterm evaluation.
The centres are given funding to develop excellent R&D-based education within their field of experience. Each centre set goals with the intention to transform their discipline at local, institutional, national and international levels. The scheme strengthens the knowledge base for quality enhancement in higher education and support the development of new forms of student involvement and partnership.
The centres are responsible for sharing knowledge and educational practices at their own institution and beyond. By disseminating results and best practices the centres are expected to have an impact far beyond their funding period.
|bioCEED||Centre of Excellence in Biology Education|
|CCSE||Center for Computing in Science Education|
|CEFIMA||Centre of Excellence in Film and Interactive Media Arts|
|CELL||Centre on Experimental Leagal Learning|
|CEMPE||Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education|
|COAST||Centre of Excellence in Maritime Simulator Training and Assessment|
|Engage||Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship|
|ExcITEd||Centre for Excellent IT Education|
|iEARTH||Centre for Integrated Earth System Science Education|
|MatRIC||Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching|
|ProTed||Centre of Professional learning in Teacher education|
|SHE||Centre for Sustainable Healtcare Education|
The Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education receive the initial grant for a period of five years with the possibility to renew their status for an additional five years after a midterm evaluation. The midterm evaluation is carried out towards the end of their first funding period.
The midterm evaluation is carried out by an expert panel consisting of professionals with expertise in the field of teaching and education in higher education, education management, as well as expertise in the respective centres' subject areas.
The basis for the midterm evaluation is:
Each year the quality of the submitted proposals increase and it is expected that this trend will continue. Applicants to the scheme is therefore encouraged to start the application process early and familiarise themselves with previous call for proposals and particularly the expert panel’s feedback to the finalists.
The expert panel which that evaluated the 2019 call for proposal highlighted two areas in which the applicant’s proposal could have been stronger: the proposed framework for results and evaluation and planes for dissemination. The panel also indicated that the applicants could benefited from using the expertise of the already established Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education as a “critical friend”.
Applications from the four finalists who were awarded status in 2019, including the expert panel’s individual feedback to their proposals:
Applications from the three finalists who were not awarded status in 2019, including the expert panel’s individual feedback to their proposals:
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This is the team working on the scheme in Diku: