The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) will establish a council for its quality programmes. Vice rector for education at UiA, Morten Brekke, will be the leader of the new council.
The quality programmes include Centres for Excellence in Education (SFU), Programme for Active Learning, Digital Learning in Higher Education, and the Quality of Education Award for Higher Education.
“Diku’s quality programmes have become a very important factor and driver when it comes to enhancing teaching in the higher education sector. I look forward to participating in the further development”, says Morten Brekke.
MatRIC (Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching) is UiA’s own SFU and received status as a Centre of Excellence for Education in 2013. Brekke is chair of the MatRIC board and has been actively involved throughout this period and knows the scheme well.
The Quality Council includes several new measures that have been announced since December 2019, such as providing flexible education offerings, increasing the work-relevance of higher education, work placements and student mobility. In the future, the portfolio will continue to include initiatives to strengthen the quality of higher education in Norway.
“We congratulate Morten Brekke on his appointment. It is important for UiA to hold such posts, and it shows we are making a difference in the higher education sector on a national level”, says UiA Rector Sunniva Whittaker.
The council will help Diku develop tools, prioritise measures, oversee content and ensure programme portfolio coherence. The council will provide Diku with professional assessments and offer insight into the needs of the higher education sector in a way Diku’s administration and board cannot.
Council members are appointed for a three-year term, except for a student representative who is elected annually. The council meets twice a year. A separate secretariat will be established for the council in Diku.