International Week 23.-27. October 2017

We are pleased to invite lecturers across borders and educational fields to join our International Week from 23th – 27th of October. The topic for this year’s International Week will be the UN Global Goals for sustainable development, specifically goal number 7; Affordable & Clean energy, and goal number 11; Sustainable cities and communities. How can HVL education and research contribute to achieve these goals?

Monday 23. October
Campus Kronstad, Kronbar, Time 12.00

The theme of the opening day is Global Goal 11; Sustainable Cities and Communities. The aim of this goal is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

More than half of the world's population live in cities. An additional 3 billion people will move to cities by 2030. Goal 11 recognizes that cities are the future, but it also recognizes that cities have to be sustainable. Urban areas face numerous challenges in ensuring access for all to safe housing, affordable transport, clean air, and green and public spaces.

The band 9 Grader Nord (9 Degrees North) will kick-start the International Week with a blend of Sri Lankan Folk Music and Latin American rhythms with a touch of prog-rock.

Find a detailed schedule here

Tuesday 24. October
Campus Kronstad, Time 09.00 – 12.00

The theme for Tuesday will be Goal 7; Affordable & Clean energy. The aim of this goal is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. To expand energy access, it is crucial to enhance energy efficiency and to invest in renewable energy.

Find a detailed schedule here

Guide tour in the city Time: 17.00   – 18.00
Meet in front of Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek / Public Library 

Wednesday 25. October
Research Breakfast 
Campus Kronstad, room C229, Time 08.30  – 10.00

The Department of Research invites everyone to join the research breakfast on global justice. «What types of research cooperation promotes greater global justice? What types of collaboration should researchers and institutions possibly avoid? How to safeguard basic ethical principles while showing respect for the cultural context potential researchers are part of? 

Universities' collaboration with industry – the ethics of choices of partners and research topics
Universities collaborate extensively with industry in both education and research. In most cases, this collaboration is of no ethical concern. However, there may be partners that we should not collaborate with and research topics that universities should not get involved in. How do we decide?

Keynote speakers: Marit Hovdal Moan (NTNU) and Pål Vegar Storheier (UiT)

Go on exchange!
Campus Kronstad, Mimes brønn Time 15.00 – 17.00 

Inspirational meeting for students that want to go on exchange. The information will cover all study programmes at HVL. Presentations will be given in Norwegian.

Thursday 26. October
Campus Kronstad, Fyrrommet, Time 13.00 – 14.00

Scholars at Risk and Students at Risk
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. HVL became a member of the SAR network in 2017. We are pleased to welcome Rail Safiyev, scholar at risk presently at UiB, to present "Global Challenges of Democracy and the situation in Azerbaijan".

Students at Risk (StAR) is a programme that gives student activists, who have experienced persecution, threats or expulsion from their higher education institution, a chance to finish their education abroad. We are pleased to welcome Zechariah Mushawatu, student at risk at UiB, to present "Fighting for student rights and democracy in a violent dictatorship in Zimbabwe: a fast track to becoming a student at risk".

Friday 27. October
Campus Kronstad, Fyrrommet, Time 13:45-15:00 

Children from the Annai Poopathy Tamil Cultural Center, Bergen will dance in the hallway at 13:45

Global cafè
Come taste traditional Indian chai tea and spicy snacks prepared by our Tamil students from India and Sri Lanka.


When: October 23th - 27th 2017
Where: Campus Kronstad, Bergen, Norway

Exhibition at Kunsthall 3,14

It Is Only Through Your Thoughts that I Can Remember Who I Am  

KORO together with HVL and 3.14 proudly invite you to: ​

“It Is Only Through Your Thoughts That I Can Remember Who I Am״ An Exhibition in Three Acts, a re-imagination of ‘L’Art moderne au Liban, Jerusalem,1943’ by Theater Of Operations: Hakim Bishara & Hagar Ophir ​

Opening Friday October 20th 18:00 - 20:00 ​
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This Exhibition will be shown for the first time in Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen, Norway, and is curated by Malin Barth, Sissel Lillebostad and Trond Hugo Haugen. The exhibition is part of Vågestykke, a KORO-project (Public Art Norway), in collaboration with Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

Kunsthall 3.14
Vågsallmenningen 12
5014 Bergen


Free entrance


Library's exhibition

Sustainable cities – a distant dream?

A huge number of the world population lives in big cities and the number of people that has the city as their home, will probably increase in the future. This means that there also is an increase in the demand for densification in the cities. At the same time, the overall goal is to decrease the amount of pollution in the cities and otherwise make them more sustainable. How can we combine the need for more housings, transportation, heating with the UN’s sustainable development goals?

In connection with the International Week at HVL, the library presents an exhibition concerning some challenges connected to the establishment of sustainable cities.

Academic Librarian Ragnhild Hannaas is in charge of the exhibition



Hotel booking

Here is the link to hotels we recommend you to stay at 

Book through the University and University College Agreement (UH-agreement) and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

See also


Please contact you academic partner at HVL to make arrangements for your teaching activities this week.

How to get here

Target group

The target group for the international week is academic colleagues from partner universities. The week is organized within the framework of Erasmus+ and the intention is that all participants from European partner universities make use of Erasmus+ staff or teacher mobility grants from the home institution.

During the week we will arrange guest lectures, workshops and seminars for our students, faculty members and others at HVL in cooperation with colleagues from partner institutions. Teaching activities might include regular lectures, seminars, project work, workshops or other activities. 

Senior Consultant and Professor Emeritus

9GN9 grader nord

Remco Elric de Koning Remco Elric de Koning

Rail Safiyev, Scholar at riskRail Safiyev, Scholar at risk

Zechariah Mushawatu, student at risk Zechariah Mushawatu, student at risk