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The overall aim of the UTFORSK Programme is to enhance long-term cooperation in higher education with Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa. The Programme supports academic partnerships based on the mutual, strategic interests of the partner institutions. The programme also aims to enhance the quality of international cooperation in education by encouraging links to research cooperation and work life.

HiB is currently involved in this UTFORSK project:

Field work and research approaches in international Early Childhood Education


2014 – 2016

The UTFORSK project “Field Work and Research Approaches in International Early Childhood Education Studies” address the global attention to Early Childhood Education as the first step in lifelong learning. Politically, there is an increased focus on the role and quality of kindergartens, so also in Norway and China. There is a global diffusion of Early Childhood Education ideas from OECD, EU, World Bank and UNESCO. How these ideas are executed locally in countries with different histories of kindergartens such as Norway and China is therefore of interest.

The partnership consists of three universities, six kindergartens in Bergen, Beijing and Shanghai and one NGO.


The UTFORSK project is directly linked to the NRC funded research project “Kindergarten as an arena for cultural formation”. One of the goals in the NRC project was to develop research methods for ECE studies. The aim of the UTFORSK project is to develop educational cooperation through increased mobility, kindergarten involvement and a 15 ECTS joint course in focusing on research and field studies in international ECE studies.


  • Bergen University College(coordinator)
  • Beijing Normal University
  • East China Normal University

Project activities

Project activities include group meetings, student mobility within undergraduate and postgraduate studies, joint research projects, field work in kindergartens including supervision by the kindergarten teachers, joint workshop/seminars and the development of a joint 15 ECTS master course in research methodology in international studies of ECE based on virtual classroom methodology.