(Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund - HSH)

A Escola de Formação de Professores de Stord (Noruega) pertence ao reduzido grupo de instituições de ensino superior estrangeiras com as quais o Instituto Superior Politécnico de Viseu estabeleceu as suas primeiras actividades de cooperação internacional. Estávamos em 1993. Os fluxos anuais de estudantes concretizados ao longo destes anos, e as várias experiências de intercâmbios desenvolvidas até ao momento, contribuíram para o desenvolvimento de laços institucionais que tornaram a cooperação com a Noruega uma das mais sólidas do Instituto Superior Politécnico de Viseu.

No presente ano lectivo, vai ser dado início à mobilidade de docentes entre estas duas instituições, a qual, esperamos, poderá dar origem a novas formas de cooperação.

A estreita colaboração com Stord é, mais uma vez, visível no presente número de Millenium, cuja Secção "Educação Sem Fronteiras" é completamente dedicada à Noruega. Como é nosso costume, para além de alguns apontamentos sobre a história do país focado e do seu sistema de ensino, fazemos publicar informação sobre uma instituição de ensino superior, desta vez, e como não podia deixar de ser, o "Stord College of Education".

Esperando que esta informação possa ser de interesse para os leitores em geral, e em particular para os estudantes e docentes do Instituto Superior Politécnico de Viseu interessados em participar nas actividades de cooperação em curso, aqui deixamos uma breve descrição da instituição em causa, gentilmente enviada pelo Departamento de Relações Internacionais da mesma.


Introduction to HSH



I. Name and address 1


II. Academic calendar 1

III. General description 1

A. Stord 2

B. Haugesund 2

IV. Registration 3

V. Practical information 3

A. Norwegian formalities 3

B. Communications 3

C. Prices 3

D. Accommodation 4

E. Health and insurance 4

F. College facilities 4

G. Other practical details 4

H. Student activities 4


I. Name and address

Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund (Stord/Haugesund College), HSH

Main Administration: N-54 14 Rommetveit, Norway

Phone: +47 53491300

Fax: +4753491401

World Wide Web: http://www.hsh.no


II. Academic calendar

Autumn semester: approx. 25 August to 20 December. Spring semester: approx. 5 January to 15 June.


The final four weeks in each semester are reserved for examinations. Holidays are generally as follows:

Easter, approx 10 days, Whit Saturday, Labour Day 1 st May, Constitution Day 1 7th May, Ascension Day.


III. General description

Stord/Haugesund College was established in 1994 as part of an extensive reform of the Norwegian college system. 5 departments are now forming the new college. The majority of these departments were previously separate colleges with responsibility for such diversified training programmes as initial teacher training, nurse training and engineer training. The college is located in two geographical areas: the island of Stord - the natural centre of a large island and fjord district - and the medium-sized city of Haugesund immediately south of Stord.

The college has approx. 2000 students and 250 employees - the Joint Administration is located at Stord. The five deparments are responsible for the following training:


* Department of Education Studies & Science

* Department of Engineering

* Department of Health & Social Studies

* Deparment of Health Promotion

* Department of Safety Training


At the institutional level Stord/Haugesund College has two special commitment areas: "Fire and Safety Engineering" and "Information Technology in Tuition and Teaching Aid Development".


A. Stord

The island of Stord is located between Norway's second-largest city, Bergen, and Haugesund. A total of approx. 20,000 people live on the island. Stord has a magnificent countryside with much to offer the local inhabitants as well as visitors: boating, salt and fresh water fishing, swimming, hiking, skiing, etc.

The world's largest and most advanced oil platforms have been built at Stord. Leirvik is the municipal centre and has a population of about 10,000. It is an industrial as well as rural town and has a wide range of facilities. The Teacher Training Programmes are located at a very compact campus approx. 5 kilometres outside Leirvik. Teacher training has been given here since 1866 and the area is characterised by both the old and the new. The college park at Stord is one of the islands's attractions.

A major building programme will also include Department of Health Promotion at the same campus in near future.

B. Haugesund

Haugesund is the centre of a region with a population of approx. 150,000. In the city proper there are about 29,500 inhabitants.

Haugesund has always been connected with fishing and shipping industries. The city is one of Norway's most important maritime cities. In the second half of the 1900s the city also developed into an important industrial city. Its biggest ship building industries have successfully managed to adapt to offshore services for the North Sea oil companies. An aluminium plant and a gas terminal are also of great importance for the city as well as the region. Haugesund is also a commercial centre for a vast surrounding district, and has a wide range of shops and service facilities. In terms of culture the city has made its marks both nationally and internationally. The city is kmown for the Norwegian Film Festival, Sildajazz (Trade Jazz Festival), the Deep-Sea Fishing Festival etc. With its excellent hotels the city is one of the major convention and conference cities in Norway. The adjacent countryside with its moors and mountains is an attractive recreation area.


Department of Engineering and Department of Health and Social Studies are located in Haugesund. The approx. 1000 students and 125 staff-members enjoy excellent facilities in a new, vast college building, situated in the centre of the city.


The Department of Safety Training is situated approx. 5 kilometres outside the city, facing the North Sea.


IV. Registration

Norwegian and Scandinavian students seeking ordinary admission to the Autumn semester should apply no later than 15 April. There are several admission criteria, the most common being the general admission requirements for studies in Norway. Applications from students outside Scandinavia should be coordinated with the College. Special rules apply for courses of further and higher education. For the students, applying for ordinary admission to the programmes, a test in Norwegian language is required prior to admission.

Exchange students should register on arrival. In return for payment of the fees in their home country they wilI, while in Norway, have the same benefits and participate in the same welfare arrangements as the Students' Union offer the Norwegian students.


V. Practical information

A. Norwegian formalities

Students from outside Scandinavia should contact the Aliens' Office of the Police (Fremmedpolitiet) on arrival if staying more than three months. Students on exchange programmes need to register, and ordinary students are also required to have a residence permit and financial guarantee.


B. Communications

Both Stord and Haugesund have airports with frequent domestic flights. Communications to other towns and cities are good by catamaran or car ferry, and express buses serve the west coast. A bridge and tunnel link has been initiated that will connect Stord to the mainland within the next three years.


Travellers to Stord will often find it most convenient and less expensive to travel by train or plane to Bergen and a passenger boat to Stord. The catamaran calls at Flesland harbour, approx. 10 minutes by bus from the Flesland Airport terminal. It takes about 80 minutes to get to Stord, student discounts are available against presentation of an international or SHC student card.


Travellers arriving at Stord or Haugesund by air will usually have to change planes. It is also possible to traveI by train or international flights to Stavanger followed by a catamaran to Haugesund (approx 70 minutes) or express bus from the airport (approx. 2,5 hours including ferry crossing).

Haugesund also has ferry-connections to Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


C. Prices

Norway has a reputation as a country with a high cost of Iiving but comparisons with other European countries tend to show otherwise. Students can live well on a budget by being selective and cooking at home. The student card also qualifies for discounts in some stores and restaurants as well as cheap travel.

Both campuses have students Cafeterias serving cold and hot meals at reasonable prices.


D. Accommodation

At Stord the College has several bed-sit complexes on the campus which are owned and run by a private endowment. Prices vary from NOK 1,250,- to 1,500,- per month inclusive electricity. For shorter stays and visits the College has an International building, a traditional Norwegian home refitted with modern conveniences whilst retaining its special charm. Day rate: NOK 125,-. Monthly rate: NOK 1,000,-. The college will organise fully equipped accommodation for all international students.


In Haugesund the Student Union owns and runs 93 partly furnished bed-sit and apartment complexes of high standard within walking distance of the College, city centre and recreation areas. The price for a bed-sitter ranges from NOK 1,605,- to 2,215,- per month, inclusive electricity. Apartments, which can be shared, range from NOK 2,950,- to 3,450,- per month, exclusive electricity. International students take precedence when allocating fully equipped units when arrival time is kmown well in advance. The Student Union also provide private accommodation.


E. Health and insurance

International students must present a National Insurance certificate from their home country on arrival and will then enjoy the same benefits as Norwegian students. The certificate does not cover repatriation in case of sickness or accident and therefore students are advised to subscribe traveI insurance before leaving home. Students earn refunds from the Union according to the same rules as Norwegian students. The College and Union will help you find a doctor, dentist, psychologist etc and assist students with special needs. A Counselor is available to help students with emotional or relationship problems.


F. College facilities

The College has a total of three ample libraries which include study cubicles. The libraries have database links simplifying services offered to students and staff. Much of the literature is in English and staff are pleased to obtain books that students need.

Studying facilities and modern laboratories of various kinds are available. Students have full access to computer resources, Internet and e-mail, which makes communications with the home college that much easier.


G. Other practical details

Exchange students are offered an immersion course in Norwegian language and culture upon arrival. Self-study courses in Norwegian for students prior to their exchange periode are also available. Tuition is generally in Norwegian, but language assistance and follow-up will be available.


The college is using ECTS, an European credit system, for evaluation of students from abroad.

A complete information package, describing the various departments, programmes and subjects, wiIl be available on our home pages in near future.


H. Student activities

The Stord campus is on an island sometimes called "a Norway in Miniature", with unique natural surroundings and opportunities for many outdoor pastimes in Winter and Summer. The College offers a wide range of things to do reflecting the academic interest in music, drama and arts. There are choirs and vocal groups, rnusic groups and theatrical troupes. A large hallway and connecting areas by the cafeteria is used frequently as a concert, theatre and exhibition venue. The College features a swimming pool and good sports facilities and there are activity and discussion groups of all kinds, including a Christian Association. Leirvik, the island capital with its many varied attractions, is only 5 km from the College.


In Haugesund students have their own Union building and a full range of activities and social functions. The varied countryside within walking distance of the city is excellent for outdoor pursuits. There is a "Wilderness Club" and skiing groups organising trips to the neighbouring mountains, glaciers and downhill runs. Haugesund has all the cultural and sporting activities you would expect of a regional capital and innumerable cafés and restaurants.


The Student Union is constituted to look after students' interests and welfare at the College. The Union works to promote cultural and sporting activities, health and social offerings, courses and information, and provide funding for these pursuits.


Stord/Haugesund College participate in the European ERASMUS/SOCRATES exchange programme and in the NORDPLUS programme, exchanging students and staff within the Nordic countries.


Our International Office is a part of the students' administration/reception section. The international secretary, Lise Risoy, is dealing with practical matters and often acting as a link to the departrnents.


Stord: Teleph.: +4753491300

Fax: +4753491401

E-mail: lise.risoy@hsh.no

Haugesund:Teleph.: +47 52702600, direct line: +47 52702613

Fax: +4752702601 - E-mail: lise.risoy@hsh.no