New Asia-Europe Doctoral Partnership

I am pleased to announce that we have just been approved for funding from the Utforsk program (Norwegian Directorate of Higher Education and Skills) for a 4-year project that will lead to closer cooperation and development of opportunities for a shared PhD/EdD doctoral program between Bergen and Hong Kong.  

Global Competence and Research-Based Practice in a Doctoral and Postgraduate Partnership (Project number UTF-2021/10057) will “strengthen cooperation and quality of doctoral and postgraduate education between Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) by developing mechanisms for student exchange, 2 COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) courses and 2 new joint courses from each partner, co-authoring of research, and co-supervision of dissertations, all with an emphasis on 'Global Competence' and research-based practice, and leading to design of a "sandwich" (shared) doctoral degree in Education. Through intensive Research & Writing Workshops, and application of innovative pedagogies, the project will upgrade teaching while boosting research outcomes.”

Six goals aligned with UTFORSK’s Results Framework (URF) will be achieved: 1) Establish detailed institutional agreement and exchange plan for teachers, 8 doctoral students and 5 master students, 2) Modify 2 existing courses from each institution for COIL (online) format, and develop 2 new joint courses at each institution, thereby strengthening doctoral studies through sharing of 8 courses, 3) Integrate research-based Global Competence modules, taught as a pedagogical mentorship for doctoral students, 4) Develop Doctor of Education (EdD)/PhD "sandwich" degree partnership based on shared COIL courses, new joint courses, Research & Writing Workshops, and co-supervision of theses, 5) Strengthen research collaboration and publish outcomes (6 refereed articles/chapters by end of project), 6) Apply methods developed through this project to strengthen education in other partnerships (Norhed, Nordplus, Erasmus).


Here is a link with an additional announcement:




Kampala, Uganda

It is exciting to be visiting Kampala, Uganda now through the CABUTE project, where I have some meetings and lectures for Makerere University and Kyambogo University, as well as a Keynote Speech for the 2022 East African Teacher Education Symposium

I look forward to sharing, learning more, and seeing what we manage to accomplish through this collaboration. It is inspiring to cross borders together with education and music. 

The photograph below shows the project's latest recipients of full scholarships for music education PhD studies (Erisa Walubo) and Master studies (Lydia Basemera and Rogers Mpoza), along with the CABUTE-Music subject co-leaders (Dr. Nicholas Ssempijja and myself) and recent ISME president Prof. Emily Akuno.