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VIEWPOINT: Panchgani Scholar Foundations in Maharashtra, India – one of many fantastic oppurtunities for international experience for students and staff at USN.

USN is receiving NOK 15 million for student and staff exchanges and other educational collaborations with partners in India and the United States. This will enable students and teaching staff to gain extensive and valuable international experience. 


The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is receiving support from the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) for five major projects. The support is being funnelled through one of their largest programmes: UTFORSK (diku.no).

More about the five projects


UTFORSK is a key tool in the Panorama strategy (regjeringen.no), which represents the Norwegian Government’s plan to expand the cooperation on research, higher education and innovation with Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United States.

Just over NOK 100 million has been allocated this year through UTFORSK, and USN is one of the institutions that has received most funding. In total, USN will receive NOK 15 million spread over five projects. The only institution that won funding for more projects was NTNU. 

Equipping students for working abroad

‘Working with institutions outside Europe is challenging, but still very rewarding and educational – not least for the students who are involved. We prepared the groundwork for this well and are now enjoying solid growth. We are pleased that USN is so prominent in the Norwegian educational cooperation outside Europe,’ says Vice-rector for Research, Innovation and Internationalisation at USN, Heidi Ormstad (usn.no).

Increased internationalisation in both education and research is a key goal for the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN).

‘Our students will gain international experience during their studies that will give them a good grounding for a career abroad. The new UTFORSK projects open up the opportunities to take part in exchanges and other international initiatives, making them even more attractive for students,’ says Ormstad.

The five projects will lead to improved learning outcomes and facilitate high-quality and relevant student and staff exchanges. The projects involve classic and innovative exchanges, but also facilitate virtual and mixed mobility.

The projects also provide opportunities for international research collaborations for Master’s students and doctoral fellows, and will strengthen USN’s partnerships with business and industry. 

Looking to India

India has emerged as the main partner country for most of this year’s UTFORSK projects, and this also applies to USN:

Four out of the five UTFORSK projects at USN are being carried out in collaboration with the Indian Savitribai Phule Pune University, with which USN has a long-standing, strategic collaboration.

California State University in the United States is the main partner in the fifth project. 

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