International institutional networks

HVL takes part in several international institutional networks. The purpose of participation is to facilitate that HVL as an institution, through employees who participate actively , stays up to date and to use these platforms to influence developments in higher education and research in general and within relevant areas.

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International Association of Universities (IAU)

Founded in 1950 under UNESCO IAU is today the leading global organisation for higher education institutions and organizations from around the world . As of June 2020, IAU has members in 130 countries and acts on behalf of the members of UNESCO and other international higher education organisations.

Priority areas for IAU


“Leadership is a core aspect of quality higher education, vital in enabling institutions to respond to complex challenges and rapid societal change. Higher education leadership must be underpinned by values and responsibility. Leadership must be adaptable and constantly evolving to ensure always more equity. It is essential that higher education institutions fully contribute to the development of sustainable & democratic societies”

Sustainable development

“Since 1993, IAU advocates for the key role higher education plays in achieving sustainable development. IAU’s actions in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provide a framework for universities to develop inter-institutional collaboration in pursuit of sustainable development. The aim is to assist higher education leaders wishing to embed sustainable development concepts and principles in strategic planning, academic and organizational work.”


“Internationalisation of higher education is an inevitable process in the era of globalization and a deliberate strategy for improving quality and relevance. IAU focuses on the academic rationales, the equitable and collaborative nature of the process and aims to minimize the adverse effects of international interactions when these take place in highly unequal and diverse contexts among HEIs with different, resources, needs and interests.”


“Technology has an important impact on all aspects of higher education worldwide. It brings new opportunities; yet, its use to improve higher education is uneven from region to region, from country to country, and from an institution to another within a country. IAU’s action in this area aims to fully harness the potential of technology as a means to improve the quality of higher education and to increase access to knowledge and education for all.”

IAU meeting points

In addition to the Global Leadership Forum and the annual membership conference, the IAU organizes conferences and events related to higher education worldwide.

Contact person at HVL

Deputy director
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
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COILConnect for Virtual Exchange

COILConnect was established by the COIL Virtual Exchange Foundation, Inc, as a non-profit organization based in the state of New York. The organization supports work with Collaborative Online International Learning at institutional level.

Priority areas

  • to create a collaborative forum for institutions that practice COIL
  • to share resources and best practices within COIL

Meeting places

  • online webinars and webpage

Contact person at HVL

Senior Adviser
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
bilde av EAIE European Association for International Education

EAIE European Association for International Education

EAIE is a network of individuals and institutions working for and/or are interested in the internationalization of higher education. The network is open to everyone, and those who wish can sign up for personal membership in the network. AFII has a group membership that also includes a team of academic advisors for student exchange.

Priority areas for EAIE

Members can participate in various interest groups that cover all aspects of international cooperation.

EAIE meeting points

In addition to the various interest groups, the annual conference is the most important meeting point for the EAIE network.

Contact person at HVL

Erasmus Coordinator
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
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European University Association (EUA)

EUA was founded in 2001 and is located in Brussels. As of June 2020, the organisation has 850 member institutions across 47 countries totaling over 17 million students.

Priority areas for EUA

EUA represents the interests of universities by influencing political decision-making processes at European level within five priority areas:

Higher education policy

EUA develops and publishes annual Trend Reports and provides input to the development of EU framework programmes for research and education such as Horizon Europa and Erasmus+.

Research and innovation

Coordinates EUA council for Doctoral Education which is a network of universities offering PhD education programmes and focuses on the development of European PhD education through exchange of experiences.

Internationalisation of higher education and research

EUA offers support for developing internationalisation strategies at an institutional level and facilitates the creation of networks and meeting places with regions outside Europe.

Autonomy and finances

Coordinates EUA’s Funding forum which is a biennial European event for university leaders and managers, policymakers, as well as researchers, to share, learn, grow and improve in strategic governance and funding matters.

Strengthen the quality of European higher education

Coordinates Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) which is a programme to support higher education institution and systems in developing their strategic leadership and their capacity to manage change through a process of voluntary institutional evaluations.

Organises The European Quality Assurance Forum which is an annual meeting place.

EUA meeting points

In addition to an annual conference, separate steering groups and working groups have been established for various priority areas in which HVL participates.

  • Learning & Teaching Steering Committee
  • EUA Council for Doctoral Education Steering Committee
  • Research Policy Working Group
  • Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science
  • EUA Innovation Ecosystems Expert Group
  • High-Level Group on Big Deals

Contact person at HVL

Deputy director
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
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European University Foundation (EUF)

EUF was founded in 2015 and as of June 2020 it has 22 member universities and 36 associated member institutions, including HVL. The purpose of EUF is to work to modernise European higher education.

Priority area for EUF

The foundation focuses on five areas:

  • High- quality mobility
  • Employability
  • Policy innovation
  • Digital higher education
  • Active citizenship

EUF meeting points

HVL is a member of EUF due to the work of simplifying and digitalising the application processes for students exchange and participates in relevant networks related to this work. EUF organizes webinars, workshops and conferences within all five focus areas.


Contact person at HVL

Erasmus Coordinator
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
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Southern African – Nordic Network (SANORD)

Southern-African Nordic Network, SANORD, was founded in 2007 and is an institutional network of universities and colleges in the Nordic countries and in southern Africa. The purpose of the network is to promote multilateral research and education cooperation between academic institutions in the Nordic countries and southern Africa.

SANORD meeting points

The annual SANORD conference is held every other year in a Nordic country and a country in Southern Africa.

SANORD also promotes other collaborative activities such as professional conferences, seminars and workshops, offers educational programs and courses for Nordic and African students, contact with business and the media. Cultural exchange are key activities in SANORD.



SANORD manages scholarship funds for students from southern Africa who wish to take a semester at a Nordic university at master- or PhD level. The network also provides support to researchers for participation in the annual conference and support for research networks.

Contact person at HVL

Deputy director
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
Department of Pedagogy, Religion and Social Studies
bilde av Scholars at Risk Network (SAR)

Scholars at Risk Network (SAR)

Scholars at Risk was established at the University of Chicago in 1999. Today, the SAR network consist of over 500 universities, colleges and associate members from about 40 countries. They work for basic human rights, especially related to academics and the global academic community. In Norway, all universities, UHR, SAIH and several Universities of Applied Sciences are members. The Norwegian section of SAR was established in 2011.

Priority areas for SAR

The main purpose of the network is to protect persecuted academics living under threat, promote academic freedom and defend everyone’s right to think, ask questions and share ideas freely and safely. This is done by political pressure, through information, advice, legal aid and more.

One of SAR’s most important tasks is to give persecuted researchers a refuge at a host institution outside their home country.

Meeting places in SAR

SAR Norway holds a members’ meeting twice a year. A global congress is held every other year.

SAR also arranges seminars and working groups to discuss and promote pressing issues related to academic freedom and higher education.

Contact person at HVL

Senior Adviser
Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation
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Students at Risk (StAR)

Students at Risk (StAR) is a program that gives persecuted student activists the opportunity to complete their higher education in Norway. The purpose is for the student to be better equipped to continue the fight for human rights and democracy in their own countries with an academic degree and an international network. StAR was initiated by student organisations (SAIH and NSO ) in Norway in 2012. The pilot program started in 2015.

Priority areas for StAR

Secure academic freedom


Peace and democratisation

Meeting places in StAR

HVL participates in meetings with DIKU, UDI and other educational institutions involved in the collaboration.

Contact person at HVL

Division of Academic affairs