Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL)

Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL)


Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL) is located in western Norway, with five campuses spread across the western coast.  HVL has 16.810 students and 2000 employees. HVL is home to four faculties: Health and Social Sciences, Engineering and Science, Education, Arts and Sports, Business administration and Social Sciences. We are a driving force in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with 5 phd-programmes and 155 phd candidates. Areas of focus in our research are Creative learning, Computer Science, Ocean, Public Health, Responsible Innovation, Sustainable Energy and Development. We work continuously on strengthening regional development on Campuses and in Faculty. We actively participate in clusters and networks to strengthen practice-oriented education, research and development. HVL works to strengthen practice-oriented education, research and development work. We facilitate flexible lifelong learning and develops relevant educations on request and in collaboration with its clients.​

Role in the project:

HVL is the regional project leader for the Norwegian partnership consisting of “Region Nordhordland IKS”, “Helse-Bergen university hospital” and HVL. Together, we lead WP 3 with the objective to define the overall governance models of the Regional Vocational Education Hubs and the European Platform for VET Excellence in Healthcare and design the prototype of the Platform. WP 3 is thus linked to specific objectives number WP 2, 3 and 4. HVL will ensure that each of the 7 EUVECA regions establish: (a) a regional VET excellence hub (RVEH) that will support the implementation of the regional innovation and change agendas, through regional coordination and focus on health education and VET; (b) agree to the creation of a European Platform for VET Excellence in Healthcare (EPVE) that gathers and coordinates collaboration between VET excellence hubs from the 7 European regions and which, beyond the project period, will be open to other regional VET excellence hubs to join.
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