Norwegian Higher Education, Tertiary Vocational Training and Research system


All type of higher education in Norway is usually research based and consists of the universities, specialized institutions, university colleges and national institutes. With the help of Bologna process the higher education of the Norway has been reformed in the accordance with the agreements. Usually there is a three years bachelor’s degree, three years doctorate degree and three years master’s degree programs in Norway. The credit system and the grading scale conform to the European Credit Transfer System which is well known as ECTS.

Actually the tertiary vocational education system is usually a short type of vocational alternative to the higher education. Usually this type of education system is regulated partly by the county authorities and also partly by the private parties. The state is usually responsible for the university and also for the university colleges that are directly subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Research. On the other hand the accredited institutions that is seen as the autonomous and also has been given the extensive academic powers. The universities of Norway have the power to decide what topics and subjects to offer the students at all of their levels that include Doctoral programs. The university colleges of Norway decide the topics and studies at their first degree level studies.


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