The Norwegian University of Life Sciences was funded in 1859. The name was at that time the Norwegian Agricultural Postgraduate College. Norwegian University of Life Sciences has currently (2012) 4420 students of which are 1645 are bachelor students and 2545 are master students. There are 445 PhD students at the university. Noragric was established at center of the university in 1986, and it became a department of the university in 2005. Noragric has about 400 bachelor and M.Sc. students and there are currently about 40 PhD students. Noragric offers M.Sc. programs in “International Environment and Development Studies”, “International Development Studies” and “International Relations”. Noragric recruits students from all over the world.
a) Role in the project:
Noragric will give support in project planning and implementation, establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system, curriculum development, supervision of M.Sc. and PhD students, giving guest lectures at the universities and scientific writing. Noragric may also make use of competence at the other UMB departments for supervision of PhD students.
b) Resources available:
UMB has capable and dedicated staff in different fields with well equipped laboratories and greenhouses. It provides working stations, IT and library services to its staff, students and guests. The university has relevant curricula and experience that can accommodate research and education in CSA.
The Noragric staff have extensive experience from the region.
c) Competence and qualification:
Three professors with rich experience in the field will be focal persons for project activities at UMB. These are: Jens B. Aune (agroecology), who has been involved in projects on conservation agriculture and integrated soil fertility management in Ethiopia and Sudan. He has worked in the region for about 25 years. Gry Synnevåg (development studies, gender issues and biodiversity) has been involved in research on gender issues and biodiversity management in Ethiopia. Kjell Esser (soil sciences and water management) has worked for more than 20 years in the region on soil and water management including conservation agriculture. He is Noragric’s contact person for NORAD projects in Ethiopia. Gry Synnevåg and Kjell Esser have also worked with these universities on educational issues.