Bilateral cooperation provides Norwegian knowledge entities access to leading professional environments across the world. Nordic and European cooperation is at the forefront of this. In addition, eight countries outside of the EU hold the status of priority cooperative partner for Norway in the field of knowledge: USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) has two programmes that include cooperation with Japan in higher education and research as well as one scholarship programme for Japanese students.
The High North Programme
The High North Programme’s overall goal is to expand, strengthen and disseminate knowledge about or relevant to the High North and contributes to the aims of the Norwegian Government’s High North Strategy. The programme is open to all academic disciplines. There are three project categories:
- long-term project cooperation (three year projects up to NOK 1,5 million per project)
- limited cooperation activities (two year projects up to NOK 300 000 per project)
- preparatory visits (up to NOK 70 000)
Total funds for 2015: approximately NOK 22 million (about JPY 334,000,000)
Deadline for 2015: 23 September
You can find more information about the programme on SIU’s English web-pages:
International Partnership for Excellent Education and Research (INTPART)
The programme will promote the development of long-term relations between Norwegian higher education and research institutions and high-quality academic environments/research groups in the eight priority countries outside of EU.
The objective of INTPART is to develop world class research and education. The programme will support the establishing and further development of institutional cooperation in research and higher education. Collaboration with public and private enterprises is also encouraged.
Total funds for 2015: NOK 70 million (about JPN 1,065,000,000)
Deadline for 2015: 27 May
More information can be found on the Research Council of Norway’s web-pages:
High North Fellowship Programme
The High North Fellowship Programme offers scholarship to Japanese students who attend an institution in Northern Norway as part of their higher education. The program is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Each fellowship recipient receives a monthly stipend of approximately NOK 9 440, and a travel grant of the same amount. Institutions of higher education in Norway do not charge tuition from international students, and the stipend is intended to cover housing and living expenses.
You can find more information about this scholarship on: