Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Japan are not countries that Norway has cooperated extensively with in higher education and research. This is something the Norwegian Government would like to change.
The Ministry of Education and Research has therefore developed a strategy for cooperation with these six countries.
The countries are highly diverse and the prerequisites for establishing long-term cooperation vary from country to country, states the Ministry announcement of the strategy. The interests that underlie Norway’s bilateral relations with each country differ as well. Common to all the countries is that their production of new knowledge is increasingly important for Norway as well as the rest of the world.
China and India play a central role at the regional and global levels, and are becoming more important due to their size and impact. As a large, populous neighbouring country, Russia holds particular significance for Norway. Brazil and Japan are key actors both regionally and globally, while South Africa plays a special role in Africa.
Multiple bilateral agreements and Memorandums of Understanding have already been signed with the six countries. Norwegian interests in the knowledge area are often closely linked to other political objectives, for example broader foreign policies, development policies, and trade and industry policy interests. Consequently, a number of actors at governmental and institutional levels are expected to be involved in the Panorama scheme.
Regardless of the underlying interest, the primary objective is to view activities involving higher education and research within a more cohesive framework. By doing so, the Panorama strategy will strengthen Norway's competitiveness and innovation ability, solve major challenges and develop excellent research communities.
The strategy will attempt to achieve this by clarifying the overarching priorities for higher education and research cooperation, introducing measures targeted towards special challenges and providing a more cohesive picture of specific conditions, frameworks and issues of particular importance for each country.