Higher Education in the Nordic Countries

Collaboration, Specialisation and Concentration (CSC) within vulnerable academic areas

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The Nordic countries have a lot in common. We share the same values and culture in education, and vulnerable subjects face many of the same challenges across the Region. This makes it advantageous for us to work together on enhancing Nordic competencies and competitiveness and to generate Nordic added value by working together on these vulnerable subject areas. A Nordic approach will generate synergies that would not be possible to achieve at national level. Nordic work on Collaboration, Specialisation and Concentration (CSC) can help overcome the challenges faced by vulnerable study programmes all over the Region. From this starting point, the study looks at how work on CSC can help maintain sustainable, high-quality study programmes throughout the Nordic Region.



Case studies

For this study, we conducted a series of interviews with associate deans and deans of humanities faculties throughout the Nordic Region. The interviews provided information about existing national and Nordic CSC initiatives designed to protect vulnerable subjects, and highlighted their strengths and weaknesses. Based on these interviews and the initial desk research, we identified a number of categories under which most types of collaboration can be placed, and selected four cases, which are presented in this chapter. The cases were chosen because they illustrate the extent to which the different forms of CSC work are useful in practice.


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