The United States of America

All our faculties cooperate with one or more American institutions. At the institutional level, since 2010 UiO has established three strategic partnerships with the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Diego.

Students from UiO and University of Tennessee-Knoxville work together to design digital museum environments. The project is part of Palmyre Pierroux's research projects. Photo: Shane Colvin, UiO. 

University of Minnesota

University of California, Berkeley

The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study serves as an incubator for new research and educational collaborations between the University of California, Berkeley and a consortium of Norwegian academic institutions; the universities in Agder, Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim (NTNU), Tromsø, and Ås (NMBU), the business schools in Bergen (NHH) and Oslo (BI), and the Research Council of Norway. 

Since 2013, co-PIs at UiO and UC Berkeley have been granted 36 joint projects, undertaken at seven of the University's eight faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Education.

The Sather Gate and the Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley landmarks, both named after the Norwegian immigrant Peder Sather, one of the university's founding fathers.

University of California, San Diego

The University of California, San Diego (USCD), SIMULA Research Laboratory (SIMULA)  and the Department of Informatics have a long-standing cooperation on PhD level. In 2015, the Simula-UiO-UCSD Research and PhD Training (SUURPh) Collaboration was initiated, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research to promote multidisciplinary research in computational biology and medicine.

In 2016, UiO and UCSD entered into a strategic educational partnership leveraging established research collaborations to increase reciprocal student and faculty mobility. The two institutions are identifying modalities for educational development projects such as research internships, embedded programmes, virtual classrooms, laboratories and summer schools.

Research cooperation

In terms of international co-authorship, the US is the University of Oslo's most important partner country. During the three-year period 2013-2015, UiO had 2,786 unique co-publications with American institutions. Co-authorship was most frequent with researchers at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Yale, Colombia, University of Washington and University of Minnesota. 

While not adequately reflected by this indicator, UiO US cooperation in the Humanities and Social Sciences is nevertheless prominent. Projects range from economics to philosophy, from classroom studies to museums, and from Scandinavian to African American and Asian studies. Partners are found at institutions such as Cornell, Harvard, Rutgers, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and University of Texas at Austin.

Collaboration in education

The UiO has formalised 41 bilateral agreements with 23 US partner institutions, mostly linked to educational cooperation and student exchange.The majority of UiO students choose institutions on either the East or the West Coast. UiO receives most students from our strategic partner the University of Minnesota and the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC).

The mobility numbers are fairly well balanced between the UiO and our North American partner institutions. The exception is the University of California, Berkeley, which alone receives approximately 40 percent of all UiO exchange students to the USA. Exchange figures are on the increase, particularly the number of American exchange students coming to UiO.

Did you know that...

  • The US is the single most important country for international cooperation at the UiO?
  • The number of American exchange students to the UiO has doubled since 2010? 
  • The first International Summer School at UiO was held in 1947 for American students only, as an expression of gratitude for educational opportunities provided for Norwegian students in the USA during and after World War II?

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Solveig Aas

Gøril Mellem

Office for International Relations and Research Support

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