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Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research, Birgitte Jordahl, presented the award for Centre of Excellence in Education to the new Director of the Centre, Ingrid Maria Hanken, and Vice Principal, Bjørg J. Bjøntegaard, who accepted on behalf of the Norwegian Academy of Music.

The Norwegian Academy of Music is Awarded Centre of Excellence

The Norwegian Academy of Music has been selected among 24 candidates for the prestigious program, Centre Excellence in Education. The jury found that the Norwegian Academy of Music offers the most excellent and innovative higher music education available in Norway. The award establishes the new Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Assessed on the basis of an extensive application and visitation of an international jury of experts, the Norwegian Academy of Music was given top marks on a ranking scale from 1 to 6. NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) is responsible for the assessment and awarding the Centre of Excellence in Education (SFU) program.

The Academy's core aim with the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) is to educate musicians on a high artistic level, qualified for an international and competitive profession in a rapidly changing music environment today and in the future.

Education for Today's Reality and Tomorrow's Possibilities

The jury's assessment emphasised the clarity and detail of the concept, and deemed the Centre's aims to be specific, relevant and practical responses to challenges in higher music education today. The jury concluded that the Norwegian Academy of Music is already at forefront of research in music pedagogy, thus providing a solid foundation for the proposed Centre.

Awards Centre Status to Innovative Environments of Quality

Centre of Excellence in Education logoCentres of Excellence are awarded to university and college milieus which demonstrate innovation and excellent quality of education offered. The purpose of the special Centre of Excellence program is to develop new knowledge and expertise that will be dispersed for the benefit a broader community of institutions and environments connected with the field. The award secures financing of NOK  3 million for the Centre's first 5 year, with the possibility of an additional 5 year extension.

- This is a great honour for such a small and specialised field as Music. The recognition is a commitment; we will seize this opportunity and ensure that the Centre is a success both nationally and internationally, says Principal of the Norwegian Academy of Music, Peter Tornquist.

Research Achievements

The Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) at the Norwegian Academy of Music is the next step in the advancement of the Academy's Higher Music Education research activity. As recognized by its international peer institutions, the Norwegian Academy of Music for many years has been a leading institution in this research area. The Centre of Excellence status will give the opportunity expand and intensify this work through a number of research and development projects.

Application Documents for CEMPE

Centre Leader

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Ingrid Maria Hanken

Professor

Music Education

Centre Leadership

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Siw Graabræk Nielsen

Professor

Music Education

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Kjell Tore Innervik

Associate Professor

Percussion

See images from the award presentation at NOKUTs Anniversary Conference in Oslo, 8 November 2013

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Last updated: 8. November 2013