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Ministry announces admin revamp

Several government agencies dealing with higher education and research will be merged to create three new organisations, Norway’s research ministry has announced.

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (Nokut) will be expanded and will remain in Oslo, the government said on 14 June. It will continue to accredit higher education courses, but its remit will be expanded to include the supervision of private university colleges—which currently falls under the ministry’s remit.

Meanwhile, Bibsys, the agency responsible for library operations, will be merged with Ceres, the National Center for Systems and Services for Research and Studies—which is the national coordinator for the Norwegian open-access strategy. Uninett, which delivers network connections to Norwegian universities, will also be added to the mix, and the new agency will be based in Trondheim, the government said.

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