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13.11.2020: "EU-programmes – Discover the opportunities for the public sector" event 

(Recorded live stream)












"You are innovative, you achieve results, and you add value". 

These were the enchanting words of Minister of Research and Higher Education Henrik Asheim, at our webinar on 13 November. Under the title "EU Programmes – Discover the Opportunities", speakers elaborated on the status quo as well as on the potentials to be harnessed, from both EU and Norwegian public sector sides.  

"I am very pleased that the Norwegian public sector is so interested in knowing more about these new opportunities and how to use Erasmus+ as an effective knowledge and programme tool", Deputy Director-General at DG EAC Viviane Hoffman said.  

A Norwegian panel boasted representatives of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), Trondheim Municipality, City of Oslo and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).  

Also from European Commission was Deputy-Director general at DG RTD Patrick Child. Together with Hoffmann, he elaborated on what is new within the Erasmus + and Horizon Europe within the upcoming EU multiannual financial framework.  

Focusing on EU programmes within research, innovation and education, the webinar came timely as the next programme periods is set to start by the turn of the year.  

"Our programmes for 2021-27 will offer more opportunities to strengthening knowledge ecosystems", Hoffmann asserted. Resonating recent communications on the European Education (EEA) and Research (ERA) Areas, she voiced the importance of synergies between different schemes, which is integral to the next framework programmes. 

From the Norwegian panel, speakers inspiringly briefed on how they harness EU opportunities. 

"I am very pleased to share with you that we have managed to increase the number of projects", senior adviser at City of Oslo Anita Lindahl Trosdahl said. She added that the value of their portfolio has also increased.  

"So really, this is money well spent", she concluded.  

The event was moderated under the steady leadership of Science Business' Simon Pickard. Input was also provided by Secretary of State Aase Marthe Horrigmo and, on behalf of Ambassador to the EU Rolf Einar Fife, Deputy Chief of The Norwegian Mission to the EU Per Sjaastad. Heads of the three organisations constituting NorCore – the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and Diku, also fed in pitches by video.  

A joint event composed in close dialogue with the regional and KS offices, the webinar was the broadest online event from NorCore to date.  

You can watch the webinar here.   

Discovering Opportunities within EU Programmes: Virtual Norcore event Targeting Public Sector

13 November 2020  

Norwegian White Paper on Student Mobility   

30 October Norwegian Minister for higher education and research, Henrik Asheim, presented a white paper on Student Mobility. The ambitions are high, the government wants 50% of students to experience a stay abroad during their studies. Eventually, higher education institutions should propose student mobility in every student programme, and the students not wanting to go, should opt out.  

The European programmes, especially Erasmus+, will be an important contributor to reach the goals set out in the white paper. The paper is now being discussed by the Norwegian Parliament.

More information in Norwegian here.

Commission Launches Work Programme for 2021

By Iben Dahl, 26 October 2020 

"A Union of Vitality in a World of Fragility" is the title of the Commission's work programme for 2021. Launched on Monday 19 October, the document assigns a central role for research and education, as it presents initiatives to be commenced or continued in line with the von der Leyen Commission's six political priorities.  

Through it, the Commission assumes to seize the opportunity paradoxically posed by the crisis to accelerate the green and digital twin transitions, as mobilised funds and the capacity to act enables the move "from strategy to delivery".


Notably, the importance of knowledge is reflected in several initiatives that aim to "Promote our European Way of Life". This importantly materialises in the plans for a European approach to micro-credentials and individual learning accounts, as Europeans' skills are key to the twin digital and green transitions and Europe's economic recovery.   

Read more here

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