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CEMPE awarded centre of excellence status for five more years

Following a rigorous evaluation, NOKUT has decided to renew CEMPE’s status as a centre of excellence in education for another five years.

"We are delighted to be given a renewed vote of confidence by the expert committee and NOKUT, allowing us to continue the work we do,” says CEMPE’s centre director Jon Helge Sætre.  . 

CEMPE stands for Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education. The institution gained its designation in 2013. The centre seeks to develop knowledge about teaching and learning in higher music education. CEMPE uses projects, networks and innovative experiments to explore teaching methods, working methods and education content for students preparing to enter the music profession.
Over the past year CEMPE has made a considerable effort with regard to self assessment, institutional visits and feedback from the expert committee. This process resulted in an action plan which sets out the way ahead for CEMPE and which will prove valuable as the centre enters its next five-year period.

“Delightful news.” Centre director Jon Helge Sætre.  

International expert committee

The centres of excellence have been evaluated by an international expert committee. Unanimously and without reservation, the committee recommended that both CEMPE and its sister centres bioCEED and MatRIC be given centre of excellence status for another five years (2019–2023). The evaluation report shows that the expert committee was impressed by what the three centres have achieved within their respective institutions, nationally and internationally.

In addition to assessing the centres, the evaluation process also looked at development. One of the tasks of the committee was to help the centres develop plans for the next period by asking critical questions and setting stringent requirements.

NOKUT congratulates

NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) director Terje Mørland is very pleased on the centres’ behalf:


“The centres have achieved a great deal in a short space of time. All of them have developed a series of successful programmes, projects and initiatives. They have also convincingly shown how they have contributed to and improved teaching practices. During the halfway evaluation the centres developed a clear vision of how they saw their contributions to developing pedagogical practices in their respective areas of expertise,” he tells nokut.no.

Last updated: 12. December 2017