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UT has been chosen to participate in a new program designed to expand partnerships between universities in the United States and Norway.

The Norwegian Centre for International Collaboration in Education and the Institute of International Education (IIE) selected UT as one of twelve US colleges and universities to participate in the inaugural Norway initiative of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and higher education is an area where the US and Norway can build strong institutional relations and promote collaboration among our universities that will foster deeper ties between our two countries,” said Allan Goodman, president of IIE.

The program will provide resources to help universities explore areas of academic cooperation, including students and scholar exchanges, research collaborations, and degree programs.

The International Academic Partnership Program with Norway will emphasize the fields of energy and the environment.

“Given its prominence in the fields of energy and the environment, our university is particularly well positioned to work with Norwegian universities with similar interests,” said Pia Wood, associate provost and director of UT’s Center for International Education.

“We anticipate that this initiative will support and strengthen UT’s existing collaborative efforts with Norwegian universities as well as develop new academic and research partnerships.”

Other participating universities include Chatham University, Coastal Carolina University, Cornell University, New York Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Sacred Heart University, the University of Alaska, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Delaware, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Washington and Jefferson College.

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