Norway pledges US$112 million to higher education and research in low-income countries
Norway has committed NOK 1 billion (US$112 million) to higher education and research in low-income countries. The aim of the funding is to strengthen the quality of education, guarantee the inclusion of marginalized groups, and ensure that education is relevant for contemporary job markets.
Higher education and research are priority areas in Norwegian development policy. The number of students receiving higher education has doubled worldwide since 2000. Nevertheless, marginalized groups across many countries and regions still lack access to higher education.
The money will be allocated over the next six years through the 'Norhed II' development program and managed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.