The IKOS-Austin Collaboration

This collaboration aims at intensifying and expanding the well established connections between the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at the University of Oslo (UiO) and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Cooperation Between UT and the University of Oslo, seen from the University of Texas

Visions and Objectives, seen from the University of Oslo

This collaboration encompasses teaching (co-teaching, faculty exchange, developing remote teaching through video conferencing and internet courses etc., developing co-taught courses, developing common programs and degrees, student mobility), student supervision (co-supervision of MA and PhD students), and research (establishing specialized and broad interdisciplinary research projects that include graduate students).

This collaboration now includes many disciplines (Arabic, Semitic, South Asian studies, Chinese studies, Japanese studies, Korean studies, Cultural Studies and History, Religious studies).

Through this collaboration we aim at creating an academic environment that is stimulating, innovative, internationally highly competitive and sustainable.
In our activities we especially focus on developing innovative forms and formats of teaching: through the use of digital learning resources we seek to offer courses independently of which university the students have admission to. We use web conferencing solutions to arrange synchronic lectures where lecturers and students can interact irrespective of where they are situated. We expect that all our activities will help to pool the resources at both partner institutions through division of labor, and
concentration on common interests in our international collaboration.
We especially focus on education and opening up new possibilities for our students: through student mobility, the active involvement of students in the activities and decision making processes, and by involving them actively in the research
projects. This will be done on the MA and on the PhD level, combining the two sets of students, which then corresponds to the American idea of "graduate studies".


Published Feb. 13, 2013 9:26 AM - Last modified Feb. 13, 2013 1:11 PM