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.



Introduction and summary

The Nordic countries wish to work together to create sustainable and high-quality educational environments (Nordic Council of Ministers ad hoc Group for Quality in Higher Education, 2015). This ambition also applies to vulnerable subject areas, in which it can be difficult to maintain an academic environment of high quality at national level. Based on these ambitions, the objective of this study is to map existing vulnerable subject areas and explore the potential for enhanced Collaboration, Specialisation or Concentration (CSC) of humanities programmes in the Nordic countries.


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