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Will cooperate closely with Europe

INN University is one of the partners when Eight University leaders confirm their commitment to the EMERGE Consortium.

Eight university rectors standing next to one another wearing formal attire.

The eight rectors gathered at the Irish Embassy in Brussels. (Photo: © Elio Germani/ BR&U)

The eight EMERGE consortium leaders gathered at the Irish Embassy in Brussels today to re-affirm their commitment to the mission and vision of EMERGE. The signing signalled the official announcement of the EMERGE consortium intent to apply for a European Universities Initiative (EUI) project under the March 2022 deadline.

"This is a significant strengthening of our international work and an important step towards the status of university," says Peer Jacob Svenkerud, INN University's rector.

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Rektor Peer Jacob Svenkerud signerer avtalen. (Foto: © Elio Germani/ BR&U))
Rector Peer Jacob Svenkerud signed the agreement. (Photo: © Elio Germani/ BR&U)

The European Margins Engaging for Regional and Global Empowerment (EMERGE) consortium consists of eight diverse universities situated on the periphery of Europe, with the core aim of developing flexible and innovative approaches to knowledge co-creation and human capital. The consortium have been working together since 2019 and will contribute to the institutions strengthening as actors in their regions, as key partners for working life and society.

"We see great opportunities in this cooperation for us as an institution, but also for Inland Norway as a region. Within the alliance, we can initiate exciting joint projects for the region, and provide access to a combined competence that is significantly greater than what the institution alone can deliver," says Svenkerud.

Strengthening European Cooperation

EMERGE seeks to build on the current cooperation within and outside the Erasmus+ Programme including virtual exchanges, the EMERGE Student Forum, cooperation partnership projects and Erasmus Mundus Design Measures. It aims to develop deeper transnational cooperation, with a model for implementing and achieving systemic, structural and sustainable cooperation, to create the EMERGE University of the future.

"In our strategy, we say that we will be a player that contributes to the development of Inland Norway. INN University will educate active democracy participants, and at the same time strengthen our international quality. Participation in EMERGE helps us achieve this," concludes Peer Jacob Svenkerud.

See the website of the university alliance EMERGE ( Contact person at INN University: Bente Bolme (

EMERGE Members are:

  • University of Limerick, (UL) Ireland,
  • Neapolis University Pafos, (NUP) Cyprus, Université Rennes 2 (UR2), France,
  • Université Bretagne Sud (UBS), France,
  • Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF), Germany,
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN Universiy) / Høgskolen i Innlandet (HINN), Norway,
  • Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici (UMB), Slovakia
  • Universidad de Burgos, (UBU), Spain

Contact information

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+47 62 43 04 06


By Bente Bolme
Published Mar. 3, 2022 9:47 AM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2022 3:16 PM