Education – participation and responsibility

Students at UiB will be exposed to, and experience, the research-based university. We will achieve this by integrating students within the research environments. We wil make sure students are offered teaching by active researchers and that they get access to state-of-the-art research as they cultivate critical thinking, analytic skills, and theoretical knowledge.

Students at UiB will meet a university and education that will strengthen their aptitude for working with others, communication, debate, flexibility, ethic reflection and creativity. We will promote student-active and innovative forms of learning and assessment, characterised by good academic guidance and interaction between teachers and students. We also want students to be more actively invited into research and knowledge development. Therefore, we will establish schemes where students are to a greater extent employed as learning assistants, seminar leaders, mentors and oracles.

We will will emphasise collaboration with student organisations and will facilitate student participation in democratic structures. We will therefore initiate a project in which we, in dialogue with students, highlight how UiB can establish a strengthened and expanded student democracy. We will involve leaders from the student parliament in the rector’s advisory board.

Our aim is that students who graduate from UiB will be attractive members of the workforce. An education at UiB shall provide the best foundation for lifelong learning and the best conditions for a work-life. Sound professional knowledge, the will to learn and creativity are essential for a forward-looking society and for a sustainable and innovative industry and business sector.

Therefore, we will continue developing the practice of offering work experience and cooperation with the industry and business sector in close collaboration with each discipline, while simultaneously challenging a narrow definition of relevance for work. We intend to work with the regional labour market and utilise the Knowledge Clusters to bring together students and the market.

Digital literacy, with fundamental knowledge of artificial intelligence and data security, are essential for success in a constantly changing labour market and society. We want all students at UiB to have the opportunity to acquire fundamental digital skills adapted to their field of study, and an understanding of the ways in which digitalisation and new technologies impact our lives and our society’s infrastructures.

To harbour a broad range of disciplines and research environments is an essential quality of UiB, and we will defend a university education within a broad spectrum of both research areas, disciplines and professions. At the same time we will implement a greater freedom of choice for students who want to build their education with subjects from different disciplines, study programmes and faculties. In this way we will strengthen interdisciplinarity in the education we offer. We will work for diverse recruitment to courses and for increased study support to ensure equal access in education for all.

During the coronavirus pandemic digital tools are of great value and digital communication is an asset. At the same time, we acknowledge the value of working together socially. We are formed by our interaction with others. The future is not entirely digital – a professionally based mix of learning tools, learning methods and teaching methods must be offered, both in the digital and physical space. We will prioritise competence in university pedagogy and the development of the Learning Lab in this work.

The disciplines themselves must have an active and defining role in the work with study quality, but as a rectorate we will be an active participant in the national work on educational quality.

We are strong supporters of a campus-based university in which researchers and students can meet in modern teaching venues, reading rooms and laboratories. We will make sure that the long-planned student villa is built. We will assist in giving added emphasis to the importance of community during fresher’s week.

Lifelong learning is part of the university’s function and we want to facilitate flexible and further education.

  • We are strong defenders of a research-intensive and comprehensive university, and will ensure that the University of Bergen offers university educations in a wide range of disciplines and professions.

 

  • We will actively promote student-active and innovative forms of learning and assessment, with a high academic level of teaching and supervision, and good dialogue between students and teachers.

 

  • We will continue developing the practice of offering work experience and cooperation with the industry and business sector in close collaboration with each discipline, while simultaneously challenging a narrow definition of relevance for employability.

 

  • We will work closely with the business community in the West Norway region, and use the Knowledge Clusters to create fruitful relationships and collaborative projects between students and the job-market.

 

  • We will be active players in forming a national university policy and the work with educational quality.

 

  • We will facilitate systematic work with university pedagogical competence and the development of the Learning Lab.

 

  • We will ensure that all students are offered training in basic digital skills adapted to their own study area.

 

  • We will work for greater freedom of choice for students who want to build their education with subjects from different disciplines, study programmes and faculties.

 

  • We want to ensure that the student organizations have modern and useful spaces. We are working to realise the long-planned Student Villa, but will also investigate whether other alternatives can provide satisfactory solutions.

 

  • Together with students and student organisations, we will initiate a project where we investigate how UIB can facilitate the strengthening and enhancement of student democracy. The leader of the Student Parliament will be included in the rector’s leader group.

 

  • It is our goal to ensure diverse recruitment to our educations, and we support the demand for increased student support to ensure equal access to education for all.