ProTed - Centre of Excellence in Education
The Centre for Professional learning in Teacher education (ProTed) has been awarded the title of Centre of Excellence in Education. The center is a joint venture between the teacher training programme at the Universities in Oslo and Tromsø, and will be headquartered at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research at The Faculty of Educational Sciences, UiO.
Twelve institutions, eight applications
ProTed (Norwegian only project-page) was one of eight applications to NOKUT, the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, for Centre of Excellence in Education-status. Four made it through to a second round of detailed reviews. After a series of presentations, site visits, and documentation reviews two key criteria were given particular weight by the review committee:
- Quality of existing education programmes
- Plans for future activities, including innovative practices and knowledge dissemination
The committee assessed ProTed's application as the most promising, and NOKUT affirmed this recommendation in it's board meeting on December 15th.
The committee's deliberations
The committee's grounds for concluding in favour of ProTed focus on the breadth of both relevant research and education at the two cooperating institutions, and on the opportunities for knowledge dissemination through the networked cooperation with schools. Collectively the two universities offer master's level teacher training through all grades of primary and secondary education.
The committee also emphasized ProTed's innovative approach, the close cooperation that it sets out with the education community at large, the strength of the research community, and the plans for exploiting the synergies that arise.
Congratulations on a job well done to the proposal team that has been working hard to demonstrate our joint capabilities!