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NORPART programme: Student exchanges between University of Zambia and INN University

NORPART programme: Student exchanges between University of Zambia and INN University

Exchange students from INN University and UNZA and visiting faculty from UNZA met in Hamar for the LEMS symposium in September 2019. (Photo: Sanord Newsletter)

The LEMS project offers scholarships to postgraduate students for a three-month visit to the partner institution.

The project Literacy Education in Multilingual Settings (LEMS) offers master’s and PhD students from the University of Zambia (UNZA) and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) the chance to receive scholarships to study at the partner institution for three months. So far, twelve master’s students and seven PhD students from UNZA have been enrolled in studies at the Faculty of Education at INN University, and six master’s students from INN University have studied at the Literacy and Learning programme at the School of Education at UNZA. In addition, PhD students at INN University have visited UNZA for workshops on literacy and teacher education. From 2021, the LEMS project will establish practicum places for Norwegian pre-service teachers at a primary school in Lusaka.  

Cross-cultural cooperation

The LEMS project is financed through the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART). It is a five-year collaborative project between UNZA and INN University, administered by DIKU, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education, and has been running since 2017. In addition to the student exchanges, faculty and exchange students have met for annual workshops, guest lecturing, school visits and academic and administrative collaboration. There are also several ongoing research projects, involving staff at the two institutions. A highlight of our project was the LEMS symposium in Hamar in 2019 with professor Bonny Norton from the University of British Columbia as our keynote speaker and mentor. 

A long-standing fruitful partnership

Through the exchanges, our annual workshops and frequent communication and collaboration, we are well on our way to reaching our objectives, which are: an increased number of international exchange students at both institutions, improved systems for credit transfer and administrative cooperation, increased academic collaboration within the field of literacy education in multilingual settings and strengthened institutional capacity. UNZA and INN University have previously collaborated on the NOMA programme from 2008 until 2013, and we are thus building on a longstanding and successful partnership.

"The LEMS project is a very valuable contribution to our institution," says project coordinator for INN University  Professor Anne Marit V. Danbolt. "It has given students and lecturers at UNZA and INN University rich cultural and educational learning experiences. We are looking forward to continuing this long-standing fruitful partnership."  

Project coordinators: Dr Dennis Banda (UNZA) and Professor Anne Marit V. Danbolt (INN University).