Exploring Opportunities – USN Partner Days 2023

International Relations at USN organized an international partner seminar, 7th and 8th of November, 2023.

Partner Days

USN Partner Days is a shorter version of Erasmus+ Staff Week, and this year it was aimed at international relations office staff members from partner institutions. 

For a full overview of staff weeks at other universitites and more insight to what a staff week is, please visit the IMOTION webpage. 

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Exploring Opportunities

The aim of the event is to get together to learn and share from each other’s experiences, working in international offices across Europe.

It was also an opportunity to learn more about USN, our staff, activities and international programmes and projects.

USN has a variety of programmes and academic fields, and several of our partners represented at the seminar send and receive students at a various range of programmes. 

We were lucky to have students represented at the Partner Days this time around too, with our opening choir. These were students from a one year study in music, where they study musicology, singing, bands, concerts and music production. 


To meet and share knowledge about international student mobility is useful and gives insights to own work, as well as establishing stronger partnerships. Getting to know each other is crucial in creating better institutional collaborations and smoother administration of student mobility.

Throughout the seminar the laugher grew louder. Through socializing, eating together, swimming in the Porsgrunn river and learning from the presenters together, the seminar worked as speed friending and we got to know each other quite well in only two days.

Programme for the days

MC for the days: Anders Elden. 

Tuesday November 7th: 

09:00: USN Partner Days Opening - Students from One year music programme at USN

09:30: Welcome to USN Partner Days
Head of International Relations, USN, Anette Staaland

09:40: Achieving Global Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Dan Banik, Professor of political science and director of Oslo SDG Initiative, University of Oslo.

11:00: My internationalization story
Karl Christian Alvestad, USN

11.30-12.15: Lunch at Henrikke

12:15-12.45: Project implementation and experiences, Mette Bunting, USN

12:45-13.30: Project opportunities, Thor-Egil Eide, USN

14:00: Campus Tour

15.15: Day 1 seminar programme ends

16:00: Melvin, Sauna Boat

19:00: Exhibition "Alt dette er ditt"/ All this is yours. Dinner at Brekkeparken

Wednesday November 8th: 

09.00: Welcome day 2

09.15-09.44: USN Research
Mary Anderson-Glenna, USN

09.45-10.30: Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)
Annette Bischoff, USN

10.30-11.30: How to succeed with short mobilities? Kine Korsmo, EDUC alliance

12.15-12.45: Exploring opportunities to improve the exchange student's welcome process, Anna Andriouchina, University of Rennes, France.

13.30-14.00: USN Master Programmes

14.00-14.30: USN Partner Days, 2024

USN Partner Days 2024!

We plan to make this a yearly event, where the location will alternate between our eight campuses. Next year’s USN Partner Days will take place at Campus Vestfold, 4th to 6th of June, 2024.