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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)The Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric


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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

  • Established in 1859 as the Norwegian agricultural post-graduate college

  • Norwegian university status in 2005

  • 3300 students (2010)

    • 1160 Bachelor

    • 1960 Master

    • 180 Other

  • 430 PhD and post-graduate students

  • 1120 staff

    • of which 640 scientific

  • Offers 2-, 3- and 5-year academic studies

    • (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD)


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Education Committee / Prorector

Research Committee / Prorector

Director of Research

Animal and Aquacultural Sciences

Research Department

Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science

Dir. of Academic Affairs

Dept of Academic Affairs

Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning

Mathematical Sciences and Technology

Centre for Continuing Education

Ecology and Natural Resource Management

Animal Production Experimental Centre

Centre for Plant Research in Controlled Climate

Economics and Resource Management

Plant and Environmental Sciences

Aquaculture Protein Centre

Centre for Integrative Genetics

Norwegian University of Life Sciences: organigramme

University Board / Rector

Executive Director

Central Administration

Information, Library & Computing

Finance

Personnel & Organisation

Building Service & Maintenence

Property Planning & Development

International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric


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Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric

  • Established in 1986 as a centre at the Agricultural University of Norway (NLH); became academic department in 2005

  • 47 staff members: 34 scientific and 13 administrative staff

  • 41 PhD students (fall 2010); 5 of these have defended by 10.01.2011.

  • 155 Master students (fall 2010)

  • 120 Bachelor students (fall 2010)


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Noragric’s Role at UMB

  • Academic responsibility for international environment and development studies at UMB, including research and education

  • Environmental competence centre for NORAD and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • UMB’s department of interdisciplinarityand social sciences

  • Responsible for coordination of institutional collaboration with countries in the South and Eastern Europe


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Noragric’s Academic Focus: International Environment and Development Studies

“International environment and development studies is an interdisciplinary field of study, examining processes of change in relation to human well-being and the environment.”


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Research Programme

  • Interdisciplinary approach; links social and natural sciences

  • Multidisciplinary working environment

  • Carried out with partners globally

  • Joint capacity building with partner institutions

  • Noragric PhD programme: an integral and important component of the research programme

  • MSc research linked to research themes

  • Publications: Refereed journals; scientific monographs & anthologies

  • Popularisation; participation in public debates


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Research: Thematic Areas

  • Environmental Governance, Resource Rights & Livelihoods

  • Conflict, Peace & Development

  • Agricultural Development, Conservation & the Environment

  • Climate Change and Development: Adaptation & Mitigation

  • Globalisation, Trade and Development

  • Foreign Aid and Development

  • Cross-cutting issues: Poverty and gender


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Research activities grouped in clusters (incl. scientific staff and PhD students)

  • Environmental Governance & Protected Areas (ENGOPA)

  • Conflict, Human Security & Development (CHSD)

  • Governance & Climate Change (GOVCLIM)

  • Agricultural Development, Livelihoods and Environmental Change (ADLEC)

  • Rights, Accountabilities and Power in Development (RAPID)

  • Resources, Rights & Governance (RRG-Net)


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PhD Programme in Development Studies (3-4 years)

  • Interdisciplinarity

  • Focus on processes, constraints and opportunities for social, political, cultural, economic, ecological, institutional and technical change; progress and development in different societies and settings. Particular focus on rural development and the environment.

  • Mandatory and elective courses in environment and development studies; research methodology in development studies; research ethics and philosophy of science; problem-oriented courses relevant to topic of dissertation.


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Education

Noragric offers four interdisciplinary academic degree programmes (all taught in English):

  • Bachelor of Science in International Environment and Development Studies

  • Master of Science in International Environmental Studies

  • Master of Science in International Development Studies

  • Master of Science in International Relations

  • PhD programme in Development Studies


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Bachelor Programme in International Environment and Development Studies (3 years)

  • Interdisciplinary approach to social and natural sciences

  • Courses include: Introduction to Environment, Development and Globalization; Social Anthropology; Development Aid and Politics; Introduction to Economics; Land Rights: An Introduction to Theory, Application, and Policy.

  • Semester at a partner university: Makerere University (Uganda), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), EARTH University (Costa Rica), University of British Columbia, and the University of Anglia.


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Master Programme in International Environmental Studies (2 years)

  • Focus on policy and institutional perspectives of environmental studies.

  • Courses include: Introduction to Environmental Studies; Environmental Governance; Global Environmental Change; Climate Change and Development; Political Ecology; and Ecological Resilience.

  • Two-month field courses offered at Makerere University (Uganda) and the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, India.


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Master Programme in International Development Studies(2 years)

  • Focus on social science perspectives of development including rural livelihood, poverty, gender, health, peace and conflict, natural resources and the environment.

  • Courses include: Development Theory and Policy; Conflict and Development; Health and Development; Political Structures and Processes; Ecological and Social Resilience; Research Methods.

  • Two-month field courses offered at Makerere University (Uganda) and the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (India).


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Master Programme in International Relations (2 years)

  • Focus on international interaction in the fields of development, poverty alleviation and the environment.

  • Courses include: State Formation; International Relations Theory; International Environmental Governance; Political Structures and Processes; Conflict and Development; Research Methods.

  • Two-month field courses offered at Makerere University (Uganda) and the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (India).


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Students in the Master Programme in Development Studies in recent yearscame from these countries


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Universities which Noragric

has exchange agreements with


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Institutional Cooperation

  • Central to Noragric’s activities, closely linked to research and education.

  • Joint research and education activities, staff and student exchange, capacity building.

  • Agreements with > 30 partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, South Eastern Europe, incl. universities, civil society organisations, research foundations and public institutions.

  • Long-term academic cooperation in Africa includes Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania; in Asia: Nepal, Pakistan; in Europe: South-Eastern Europe.

  • Full list of partners on Noragric website: www.umb.no/noragric


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Collaborating Institutions in Africa

  • Hawassa University, Ethiopia

  • Mekelle University, Ethiopia

  • Department of Political Science and International Relations, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

  • Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of Western Cape, South Africa

  • University of Malawi/Bunda College of Agriculture, Malawi

  • Juba University, Sudan (about the University, also the MEI Univ. Services site)  

  • Programme for Agricultural and Natural Resources Transformation for Improved Livelihoods (PANTIL) at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Makerere University, Uganda

  • Conservation Farming Unit of Zambia National Farmers Union, Zambia - University of Zambia  - Catholic University of Mozambique


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Collaborating institutions in Asia

  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India

  • Green Foundation, India

  • Tribhuvan University, Pokhara, Nepal

  • Kathmandu University, Nepal

  • Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Northern Areas, Pakistan

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

  • University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

  • Eastern University, Sri Lanka


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Collaborating institutions in Europe

  • 'Education, Research and Training for Global Environmental Change and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in West Balkan'. Collaborative institutions: - Albania: Agricultural University of Tirana, - Bosnia & Herzegovina: Univ. of Banja Luka, Univ. of Mostar, Univ. of Sarajevo, Univ. of Dz. B. of Mostar- Croatia: Univ. of Osijek - Kosovo: Univ. of Prishtina - Macedonia: Univ. of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, - Serbia: Univ. of Belgrade, Univ. of Novi Sad - Montenegro: Univ. of Montenegro

  • University of East Anglia, United Kingdom


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Collaborating institutions in

North- and Latin America

  • InstitutoSocioambiental(ISA), Brazil

  • EARTH University, Costa Rica

  • University of British Columbia, Canada


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New Programmes

  • CCIAM – Programme on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (2010-2014, Tanzania)

  • PANTIL II – Programme for Agricultural and Natural Resources Transformation for Improved Livelihoods (2010-2014, Tanzania)

  • HERD – Higher Education Research and Development (2010-2013, Western Balkans)


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New Programmes (cont.)

  • Institutional collaboration with Hawassa University and Mekelle University, Ethiopia (2010-2014)

  • Academic institutional collaboration within agriculture and veterinary medicine (pilot phase, 2009-2010, Azerbaijan)

  • ARDEP – Agricultural Research and Development Programme, Malawi

  • Phase II – Technology development, upscaling and transfer for climate change adaptation, mitigation and capacity enhancement in agriculture and natural resources management in Malawi


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Networks and Agreements

  • Frame agreement with NORAD: Noragric offers scientific advisory services, usually in the form of consultancy assignments and evaluations, in the field of agricultural development, environment and food security.

  • Drylands Coordination Group (DCG): framework agreement with the NGO-driven forum that exchanges practical experience and knowledge on food security and natural resource management in the drylands of Africa. www.drylands-group.org

  • Norwegian People’s Aid, Angola and Sudan

  • Peace Corps (NORAD-funded ESD – Exchange for Sustainable Development programme)


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Publications and Dissemination

  • Scientific staff publish international peer reviewed articles, chapters in scientific anthologies, popular scientific and newspaper articles.

  • Noragric’s library is part of UMB's library network; closely integrated with Noragric’s professional activities; is involved in institutional cooperation; cooperates with Eldis.

  • Noragric publishes: Annual Report, Noragric Reports, Noragric Working Papers, Master theses and PhD dissertations, etc.

  • Website with updated information: www.umb.no/noragric


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Department of International Environment and Development Studies, NoragricP.O. Box 5003NO-1432 AasNorwaywww.umb.no/noragric

Photo cerdits: Bishal Sitaula, Camilla Risvold, Evy Jørgensen, Gunnvor Berge, Josie Teurlings, Lars Kåre Grimsbu, Pål Vedeld, Rebekka Øvstegård, Robert Hodosi, Sigrid Nagoda, UN.


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