New merit system for quality in teaching at UNIS

New merit system for quality in teaching at UNIS

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From 2018, UNIS will be a part of the same merit system for teaching as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bergen. This represents a new way of acknowledging quality in teaching and learning efforts.

13 December 2017

The idea of rewarding excellence in teaching is based on clear intentions on a governmental and institutional level to give research and education equal status and attention in the scientific community. In the recently published White Paper on Educational Quality merit systems are one of the mechanisms for developing a quality culture in higher education, and will be implemented at all Norwegian higher education institutions by 2019.

From 2018, UNIS scientific staff can apply for the distinction Excellent Teaching Practitioner. The criteria for being awarded the distinction have been carefully developed by a group of teachers, pedagogical experts and educational leaders from the University in Bergen and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences to ensure that the status rewards excellence in teaching and learning. Four main points are emphasized in the criteria:

  • Focus on student learning
  • Clear development over time
  • A scholarly approach
  • A collegial practice and attitude


Read more about the merit system here:

Merit system for teaching at UNIS

Contact person:
Tina Dahl, Adviser


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