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Norway presents nationwide merger plan

The Norwegian government has announced details of the country’s planned mergers of higher education institutions, and proposed a set of criteria that institutions must meet to continue to function in their own right.

In a white paper published on 27 March, the government outlines plans to merge 14 of the country’s higher education institutions into five universities, and to retain the possibility of future mergers between others. The aim is to increase the quality of higher education and research, and promote regional development, the government said in a statement on 23 March.

“Our resources are spread too thinly across the country,” said research minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen. “We are now laying the foundation for stronger universities and university colleges in all regions.”

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