Erasmus+ Policy Statement (EPS)

Erasmus+ Policy Statement

Overall Strategy

NLA consists of four campuses in three cities. We are building our reputation as a nationwide Christian university college, with strong academic roots and achievements.

NLA University College’s main international goals are:

  • to promote recognition of human worth across cultural, ethnic and religion

  • to be an important international participant within the college’s core subject areas

  • to establish multilateral research cooperation with highly accredited institutions

  • to be internationally leading within some research areas

  • to work towards improved quality of research through international collaboration

  • to help students and teachers/staff prepare to meet the multicultural society

  • to recruit an increased number of international students

  • to exchange an increased number of students, either to study abroad or traineeship abroad

  • to show Christian social responsibility through collaboration with higher educational institutions in developing countries

Through multilateral cooperation, courses taught in English, student and staff/teacher exchange, we want to share our skills and enhance our competence. Personal growth, intercultural skills and employability

Through connecting and collaborating with acknowledge higher educational institutions abroad, NLA understands internationalization as a way to excel in certain subject areas. At the same time, internationalization is also a way to show social responsibility through helping HEIs in developing countries grow and succeed. NLA is especially focusing on collaboration with institutions in Europe, North-America, Africa and Asia.

Recognising the importance of internationalization, NLA aims to make it possible for all students, both in first and second cycle programs, to combine studies at home with at least one semester in another country as part of their degree. Traineeship/placement is seen as an important tool in encouraging employability. Within this project period NLA wants to include traineeship in more of the degree programs.

Through providing interesting and relevant courses/programs taught in English and through a transparent system where information is easily accessible, NLA is planning to recruit an increased number of international students.

The teachers’ international network and experience as well as the staffs’ ability to support and encourage incoming and outgoing students are mechanisms crucial to successful mobility. This means that it is of outmost importance that teachers/staff also are exposed to and involved in international collaboration/activities, and that necessary support mechanisms, such as language support, are available.

Most of the international partners are chosen based on personal connection, especially developing out of research clusters and within NLA's core areas. By formalizing personal links into collaboration agreements, a good platform for cooperation is established. Partnering with internationally recognized institutions is important for NLA's quality development.

NLA's main areas of research are education. theology and religion, intercultural studies, journalism and teacher training. There are some common areas of research such as leadership, philosophy and 'buildung' and work ethics.

In pedagogics the main subject of research is philosophy and 'buildung', intercultural education, school leadership, special needs education, preschool education. didactics and religious education. Some of these core subjects in pedagogics are interdisciplinary core areas at NLA.

In theology and religion the main areas are Pentateuch research, second temple Judaism, youth ministry, Lutheran catechism, history of theology and practical theology.

Within the area of intercultural studies there are focus on development studies, missiology, worldview - and refugee issues.

In journalism the focus is on global journalism, media and development, media ethics and worldview issues.

In teacher training there are focus on educational history and didactics.

NLA have several research groups, some of which are: 1) Theology and spirituality, 2) Acknowledgement and recognition in pre-school pedagogics, 3) Existence and pedagogics, 4) The Linneaus project, 5) Human development and capability approach, 6) Edifying examples, 7) Religion and culture, 8) Intertextuality, 9) Culture, democracy and occupation, 10) Norwegian grammar for primary school, 11) Youthful participation, motivation and faith, 12) School leadership in the Czech Republic and Norway, 13) The art workshop 'sky view or heaven'.

 

Strategy for implementation

NLA University College will continue with student credit mobility and with teacher/staff mobility.

Within its core area, NLA will create strategic partnerships through cooperation with other higher education institutions and key stake holders, such as organizations, authorities and enterprises.

Within some selected areas, NLA will create knowledge alliances with enterprises promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship by offering relevant learning opportunities.

NLA aims at joining capacity building projects with other institutions within the Programme and Third Countries

 

Expected impact

It is expected that the participation in the Program is important for the modernization of NLA University College. The Program promotes transparency, structures and predictability. The parameters/demands that are set for institutions with Erasmus Charter, challenge us to be even better at what we are doing.

NLA will keep on working towards increasing attainment levels

  • It is important to recruit students to all programs, but NLA especially sees a need nationwide to recruit more teacher/kindergarten teacher students. The lack of qualified teachers is and will be a big challenge for Norway in the years to come

  • Inclusion of disadvantaged groups through a special focus on Special Needs Education and Intercultural Pedagogy. In addition to special measures for disadvantaged students such as language support and adapted education to students with special needs

NLA will keep on improving the quality and relevance of its studies and research

  • NLA will have a close relationship with enterprises, also within the traditional academic subjects that do not lead to a specific occupation, to ensure that what we do is relevant, give the students skills and the teachers updated information, and makes the students employable and attractive candidates.

  • Make better use of ICT and equip more classrooms with the necessary equipment

  • Make it possible for different groups of the population to study at NLA through online courses and e-learning, modular courses, distance courses and part-time courses

  • NLA will apply for its own PhD program. NLA will give the researchers time and resources to conduct research

Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation

  • Through a focus on attracting the best within their subject areas and employing renowned professors to Professor II positions, ensuring that NLA keeps a high standard

  • Fostering research collaboration/clusters with the best within some research areas and attracting the best students to participate in these

  • Systematically build mobility into all NLA’s degree programs

Improve governance and funding

  • Keep on running NLA in an efficient, caring and transparent manner and involve students, teachers and staff in important decisions

  • Funding and time set aside for research will be closer linked to performance

  • Excellence in teaching will be acknowledged

  • Actively seek alternative funding sources and have at least one staff member who is specialized in these application systems