The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) is a new programme launched by Norad. The aim of the programme is to strengthen capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) to educate more and better qualified candidates, and to increase quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ own researchers.

Based on a needs assessment in the relevant country, NORHED projects may include institutional capacity building elements like joint Norwegian-South research, competence building of staff through Master, PhD and Post Doc fellowships, administrative and small scale infrastructure strengthening, and initiatives to increase access to higher education. The projects must also aim to build and launch Master (and if needed Bachelor) programmes responsive to needs in the LMIC, that should be possible to sustain at the LMIC institution after the NORHED funding has come to an end. Education programmes must focus on the long-term need for capacity building in the LMIC, and recruitment from the LMIC to the education programmes must be ensured.

NORHED is organised in sub-programmes with specific thematic and/or geographic focus areas critical for human, social and economic development, and where Norway has a comparative advantage and/or can make a special contribution in collaboration with partners aligned with Norwegian development policy. (Retried from NORHED Application Guideline Document)


Project Partners:

Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu University (KU), Oslo and Akershus University College of  Applied Sciences (HiOA)

About TU

Tribhuvan University (TU) is the state owned university with five technical institutes and four general faculties. TU offers 50 courses for the technical proficiency certificate level, in the areas of study which are not included in the existing 12 years school education (Secondary School). Proficiency certificate is almost phased out from TU and only Bachelor, Master's and PhD programme in priority of TU campuses. There are 1079 courses at Bachelor’s level and 1000 courses at Master’s level. It also offers Ph.D. degree in different disciplines both at the Technical Institutes and Faculties. TU ran its programs only through its constituent campuses prior to 1980. After 1980, TU took a policy of giving affiliated colleges and consequently now 832 private colleges spread all over the country have so far received affiliations from TU. In the current academic session (2012-2013) altogether 373,846 students have been enrolled at various levels of TU academic programs. 1, 43,899 (38.49%) students study in its 60 constituent campuses and 38 central departments, while 229,947 (61.51%) students study in 832 affiliated colleges. It clearly reveals that affiliated colleges do have more students than the constituent campuses. TU has 7950 teaching faculty and 7122 non-teaching staff including the support staff in its constituent campuses. The number of total employees is 15072. (For details see the link TU)

About KU

Kathmandu University recruit 1022 students annually; 3369 students study under regular programs at present in different constituent campuses of Kathmandu University. Beside the constituent campuses, it has an annual intake of 1194 students with 4897 students presently studying in its affiliate colleges (as of Jan, 2013). The institution (constituent campuses only) has 344 teaching and
158 nonteaching full time personnel, maintaining less than 1:10 teacher student ratio in almost all courses at present. In addition to the regular teaching faculties Kathmandu University has provision of visiting faculties'/experts which even includes international faculties and exchange of experts of relevant areas across all programs. (For details see the link KU)

About HiOA

On 1st August 2011 Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) was established as a 3 result of a merger between Oslo University College and Akershus University College. With a student body of approximately 17,000 students and 1,850 employees, HiOA is Norway‘s largest state university college. HiOA has four faculties: Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design. (For details see the link HiOA)

Note: All above information are copied from NORHED project application document)

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