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Norhed Conference:

Knowledge for Development

6 - 7 Jun. 2016

8:30 - 21:00

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Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, HiOA
Pilestredet 32, 0130 Oslo

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Thank you for participating at the Norhed Conference: Knowledge for Development.

“This conference is a wonderful opportunity to take our partnerships further. Not only to facilitate for the diverse partners to meet each other, but also for Norad to receive valuable feedback and input on how to further develop the NORHED programme and guide future investments in higher education and research,” said Jorun Nossum from Norad.

The conference focused on topics such as university partnerships, the role of universities for development, linkages between higher education and development, the geography and power of knowledge, gender and diversity in higher education and research, and the role of higher education and research for the SDG agenda.

Norad hosted the conference in collaboration with some of our partner institutions. A special thanks to Oslo and Akershus University College.

About the conference

The main conference was held in Oslo 6-7 June 2016. There were several side meetings before and/or after the conference.

The first day of the conference focused on overall issues related to knowledge for development with a focus on higher education, research and university partnerships, and the SDG agenda.

Day two were divided into parallel tracks focusing on key thematic topics for the Norhed programme, but also programmatic issues, such as results, evaluation, next phase, sustainability etc.

Currently the Norhed partners includes 60 universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America and 12 higher education institutions in Norway. Other relevant partners include relevant ministries and directorates, research organisations and institutes, civil society organisations, donor agencies and multilateral partners.

John Lomøy at the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
Mahmood Mamdani at the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
Utenriksminister Børge Brende på Norhed-konferansen 2016
John Saka at the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
Panel during the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
John Lomøy at the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
Mahmood Mamdani at the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
Utenriksminister Børge Brende på Norhed-konferansen 2016
John Saka at the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development
Panel during the 2016 Norhed Conference on Knowledge for Development

Schedule

Day 1
6 Jun
Day 2
7 Jun
08:30
Registration

Coffee and registration

09:00
Presentation by conference chairs

Conference chairs are Kristin Skare Orgeret (HiOA) and Edward Kirumira (Makerere University). 

09:05
Opening speech by Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs

"Knowledge for development" by Mr. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway

09:15
Welcome

Welcome by Nina Waaler, Vice-Rector, HiOA and Jon Lomøy, Director General, Norad

09:30
Key note session
  • The politics and geography of knowledge, Mahmood Mamdani, Executive Director MISR, Makerere University and Columbia University

  • Investing in higher education and research for superior return, Frannie Léautier, Senior Vice President, African Development Bank

  • Universities and the SDG agenda, John Saka, Vice Chancellor, University of Malawi

Panel:

  • Mahmood Mamdani
  • Frannie Léautier 
  • John Saka 
  • Jon Lomøy
  • Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Moderator: Dan Banik, University of Oslo

11:00
Break
11:30
Plenary session 1: University partnerships for development

Introductions by:

  • John Ddumba Ssentamu, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University
  • Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Dean, University of Nairobi
  • Hirut Woldemariam, Vice President for Institutional Development, Addis Ababa University
  • Jeanette Magnus, Senior Adviser, University of Oslo
  • Tirth Raj Khaniya, Vice Chancellor, Tribhuvan University

Moderator: Tor Halvorsen, University of Bergen 

12:45
Lunch break
13:45
Plenary session 2: Gender and diversity in higher education and research

Introductions by:

  • Goretti Nabanoga, Deputy Principal, Makerere University
  • Kora Tushune Godana, Vice President of Business and Development, Jimma University
  • Patience Malunga, Student representative, SAIH Zimbabwe
  • Thein Thein Htay, Deputy Minister of Health, Myanmar 
  • Luis Fernando Sarango Macas, Rector, Pluriversidad Amawtay Wasi University

Moderator: Roy Krøvel, HiOA

15:00
Break
15:30
Plenary session 3: Higher education and fragile situations

Introductions by:

  • Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, University of Oslo
  • Shirin Zubair, Guest researcher, University of Oslo
  • Hajer Sharief, Student representative
  • Leben Moro, University of Juba
  • Abdullatif Abuhijleh, President, Birzeit University
  • Stig Arne Skjerven, Director of Foreign Education, The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)

Moderator: Ragnhild Dybdahl, Norad

16:45
Mingling session with book launch

Mingling session:

Poster presentations and food

From 17.00 to 17.45: Book launch: 

“Journalism in Conflict and Post-Conflict Conditions - Worldwide Perspectives” (Nordicom)

Panel led by editor Kristin Skare Orgeret introducing William Tayeebwa (co-editor), Samiksha Koirala, Elisabeth Eide and Roy Krøvel.

Free copies of the book!

18:30
Departure for the reception
19:00
Reception

Reception at Oslo City Hall, Rådhusplassen 1.

Welcome by Marianne Borgen, Mayor of Oslo

Fingerfood and drinks

08:30
Coffee
09:00
Plenary session
  • Higher education and development: Literature review: Susy Ndaruhutse, Head of international development, Education Development Trust

  • Searching for results: Aggregation of results for the NORHED programme: Tewodros Kebede, Senior Researcher, FAFO 

Comments:

  • Azra Nurkic, Insititute for Development Impact: Results management in capacity development for higher education and research

  • Damtew Teferra, University of Kwazulu-Natal: NORHED design compared to other capacity building initatives for higher education and research
10:00
Break
Choose between 5 parallel tracks:
Parallel session A

NORHED on Education

Parallel session B

NORHED on Health

Parallel session C

NORHED on Natural resource management, climate and environment

Parallel session D

NORHED on Democratic and economic governance

Parallel session E

NORHED on Humanities, culture, media and communication

12:30
Lunch
Choose between 5 parallel tracks:
Parallel session A

NORHED on Education continues

Parallel session B

NORHED on Health continues

Parallel session C

NORHED on Natural resource management, climate and environment continues

Parallel session D

NORHED on Democratic and economic governance continues

Parallel session E

NORHED on Humanities, culture, media and communication continues

15:00
Break
15:30
Updates and way forward
  • Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU): Information on the recently launched NORPART Programme

  • Norad: Conclusions and follow-up
17:00
Public lecture by Professor Mahmood Mamdani

Professor Mahmood Mamdani: South Sudan: The Road to Civil War, Oslo Academy of Global Governance Distinguished Lecture.

Venue: University of Oslo, Gamle festsal, Karl Johans gate 47.


For more information and registration, go to uio.no


The event is open to everyone, but requires registration, also from the Norhed conference participants. 

19:00
Reception

Venue: University of Oslo, Frokostkjelleren 

Address: Karl Johans gate 47. 

19:30
Dinner

Venue: University of Oslo, Frokostkjelleren 

Address: Karl Johans gate 47.