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Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA)

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Country Code: P215
Name of Programme: Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA)
Organisation responsible for the programme: SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education) / Norad – (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation)
Type of organisation: National Agency
Country: Norway
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Starting Date 2006
Ending date 2014
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
The programme aims:
- To support the development of Master programmes at higher education institutions in the South through close collaboration with higher education institutions in Norway, in accordance with national needs.
- To achieve, in a longer term perspective, sustainable capacity of institutions in the South to provide the national workforce with adequate qualifications within selected academic fields of study.
- To stimulate South-South-North cooperation through supporting the development of regional Master programmes.
- To enhance gender equality in all programme activities.
- To strengthen and further develop the competence of Norwegian higher education institutions to integrate global, as well as developmental perspectives, in their professional work.

Priority actions
Based on current Norwegian development priorities and identified needs of the cooperating countries in the South, the following eligible academic fields were selected for the current programme period:
Environment, economic development and trade
Good governance, democratic development, human rights and migration
Oil and energy
Peace and conflict resolution

Management and coordination
The programme is financed by Norad and managed by SIU. All allocations of NOMA funds, whether for start-up or master programmes, are made by the Programme board.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
For the current programme period 2006 -2010/14, a total of 44 master programme projects have been allocated NOMA funding based on the three main calls for applications in 2006, 2007 and 2009. The 44 NOMA projects are spread over 17 countries and eight fields of study.
At present NOMA programmes are established in all countries mentioned in the NOMA Programme Document , including Nicaragua, Bolivia from 2009.
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