SIU ‑ Eurasia Programme

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education:
    P.O.Box 1093, N-5809, Bergen, N-5809, Norway
    (+47) 55 30 38 00

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) is a Norwegian public sector agency that promotes international cooperation at all levels of education. SIU is located in the city of Bergen, Norway.

SIU is a knowledge- and service organisation with the mission of promoting and facilitating cooperation, standardisation, mobility, and the overcoming of cultural barriers to communication and exchange within the realm of education on an international level. The centre is charged with the important task of coordinating national measures according to official Norwegian policy within the field of internationalisation.

One of the SIU programmes for global cooperation is the Eurasia Programme that supports project cooperation between institutions in Norway and Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The overall aim of the Eurasia Programme is to contribute to renewal and internationalisation of higher education in the cooperating countries. The Programme is 100% funded from the Norwegian Government. The aim of the Programme is to be achieved through:

  •  development of strong and lasting institutional partnerships through academic collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and the cooperating countries;
  •  regional collaboration between higher education institutions in the cooperating countries;
  •  development and implementation of courses, study programmes and degrees that are considered relevant to the needs in the cooperating countries, inter alia, for the labour market;
  •  more research-based and internationally oriented education at the institutions in the cooperating countries, promoting a high level of student activity;
  •  improved links between higher education and the public and private sectors in the cooperating countries;
  •  improvements in university management, including implementation of reforms related to the Bologna process;
  •  more awareness, interest and knowledge about the cooperating countries at Norwegian institutions of higher education;
  •  increased mobility of students and staff between the cooperating countries and Norway.

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