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  • HiOA - Meet HiOA's new student ombudsman
    forward to exciting duties Why do you want to become a student ombudsman I am interested in this field and I have studied conflict theory in depth And being a student ombudsman is just the kind of job I have been looking for Anita Tøien Johansen tells Khrono Of course she doesn t know yet what kind of cases she will be working on or how big the need will be at the university college But I am sure that I will have many varied and interesting duties she says She will be Norway s second student ombudsman after the University of Oslo appointed an Ombudsperson for Students although several universities have now decided to appoint student ombudsmen In June this year the Board of HiOA decided to establish the position of student ombudsman for a two year trial period Independent ombudsman The student ombudsman shall be independent in relation to both the university college s management and the students and she will therefore report directly to HiOA s head of internal auditing That is the most fundamental criterion for mediating in conflicts being independent a party who can see matters from both sides and not least find good solutions says the newly appointed student ombudsman Background as adviser Anita Tøien Johansen comes from a job as adviser in the Directorate of Education and Training s inspection department where she has worked for a year and a half She has a master s degree in law from the University of Bergen She has broad experience as a student representative among other things from her time as head of the University of Bergen s student parliament We are very pleased with the appointment and are looking forward to the student ombudsman starting work so that we can start overlapping with her

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Meet-HiOA-s-new-student-ombudsman (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Dr. Merschbrock wins Best Article Award in International Journal of e-Collaboration
    Furuholt Merschbrock s research paper How is Building Information Modeling Influenced by Project Complexity A Cross Case Analysis of e Collaboration Performance in Building Construction was selected as the best article published in the International Journal of e Collaboration IJeC during the year 2014 Merschbrock co wrote the article with Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold at the University of Agder Kristiansand Norway Abstract Virtual design and construction of buildings and architectural spaces require extensive collaboration among a diverse set of design professionals The authors analyze e collaboration performance in two construction projects of differing complexity to gain an understanding of how collaborative design based on building information modeling BIM is influenced by the complexity of the building project The findings suggest that the perceived business value of BIM depends on project complexity and that BIM based collaboration does not yield unconditional positive implications for all types of construction projects The authors argue that current practice would benefit from a more structured approach to building business cases for e collaboration comprising the following aspects 1 a thorough assessment of BIM s potential benefits based on the complexity of the project 2 an assessment of all designers collaborative BIM capabilities and maturity 3

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Dr.-Merschbrock-wins-Best-Article-Award-in-International-Journal-of-e-Collaboration (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Christmas Calendar
    A A A Search Studies Research and development Faculties and centres Contact us Home Forsidesak engelsk Christmas Calendar Christmas Calendar We at HiOA are looking forward to Christmas and also this year we present our own Christmas Calendar This year the Christmas Calender also is available in english Check it out here Nettredaksjonen HiOA About us Strategy Vacant positions Press contacts Campus map About cookies Contact information Oslo and Akershus

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Christmas-Calendar (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - HiOA students walk straight into jobs
    shows that these students found jobs on average only one week after sitting their final exam Nursing students are offered relevant jobs on average three weeks after completing their education Overall more than 90 per cent of HiOA s students are offered a job within four months of completing their studies This shows that graduates educated at HiOA are in high demand in the labour market particularly those with teacher education says Kari Toverud Jensen Rector of HiOA The students gain both practical and theoretical training at HiOA and employers know that says Toverud Jensen Relevant jobs The graduate survey shows that most HiOA students find jobs that are relevant to their education More than 80 per cent of the graduates also reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their work duties in their current jobs Jobs in Oslo and Akershus According to the survey eight of 10 HiOA students currently work in Oslo or Akershus Our region has a strong need for competence in welfare and value creation Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences is educating graduates that society needs to resolve future challenges says Toverud Jensen Survey summary and more details available here About

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/HiOA-students-walk-straight-into-jobs (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Dear students
    to Oslo international airport Campus Kjeller is an important national hub for research organizations and local industry Success in ones studies is not incidental Therefore dear students I will give you some advice You are now master students We expect more from you than bachelor students Soon many of you will start your work on a large individual piece of work the master dissertation Make sure that you acquire good and systematic ways to work and study from the beginning and please do work on your subjects It is important that you take control of your own life By investing work hours commitment and curiousness in your education and not least ask critical questions and require something of us you will get more in return You will gain more from your education and you will get an ownership to the knowledge experience and competence you acquire through your studies Many of you are international master students You the international master students are an important part of life at campus that we cherish deeply Not only are you learning by attending your courses but we and our local students are learning through our interaction with you Please share insights about your home country and culture with us We are keen to learn The Norwegian higher education sector was shocked last week after learning about the government s plan to introduce tuition fees for international students Our fear is that a potential fee will discourage international students from outside of the EU to study in Norway resulting in a less diverse campus So far these plans are expressed in the proposed budget and we strongly hope that the opposition parties will rebut and overturn the proposal to introduce tuition fees The student voice is also important and the student demonstrations last week

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Dear-students2 (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Pension assets should be invested in funds
    for more pensioners Even with the changes made through the pension reform the gap between the number of economically active and the number of pensioners will only increase This system is unsustainable over time The problem is that it is susceptible to changes in population growth says Joachim Thøgersen a researcher at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Unable to pay the costs As long as the population growth is positive there s no problem but when we have fewer children live longer and retire earlier we will have a problem explains Thøgersen Retirement time becomes longer and the bill must be paid by a steadily shrinking group of economically active It doesn t add up With today s system we will not manage to pay pension costs in the future says Thøgersen The government will then either have to raise taxes reduce pension payments or use the petroleum fund None of these options is optimal he says If we were to use the petroleum fund we would have to use far more than permitted under the four per cent fiscal policy rule and that would drain the fund Go for funds Thøgersen s research shows that the government should instead introduce a fund system whereby everyone pays in money while economically active and draws a pension when they retire during which time the pension assets will have increased in the market Such a system is unaffected by population growth Some say it would be safer to base pension payouts on continued population growth they maintain that is more long term and more stable than the market But research shows that interest rates in the market are higher than population growth over time and that would yield more returns says Thøgersen Although a funded system is more

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Pension-assets-should-be-invested-in-funds (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Angels in white?
    cannot be learned says Nesje a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Professions Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences According to Nesje what is undermined is the medical and technical knowledge the expertise acquired during the nursing programme and the development of practical skills She is unsure as to whether there are aspects of the profession other than the caring element that ought to be emphasized and promoted more clearly I have no specific answer to that The main point is that I deflate the myth of angels in white by showing that the desire to help is not closely related to being involved in the job Nesje used the StudData database in her study examining nurses motivation in their third year of training and then comparing it with their responses after working three years in the profession Risk of fatigue and stress I was surprised to find that the motivation to help others what we call prosocial motivation is not related to how nurses perceive their daily work she says and points out the potential negative effects on individuals if they lack involvement Nesje refers to previous research on job involvement which shows that low engagement can among other things make nurses more prone to fatigue Working in so called helping professions may trigger burnout and feelings of stress so the likelihood of sickness absence is greater she says We must take into account the way in which the nurses in the survey evaluate involvement in their job Many probably find they have to forgo the idealistic aspect of their work in favour of their daily work with time constraints routines and everyday stress she says Stay in their jobs The motivation to help others which is why many nurses choose the profession is

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Angels-in-white (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - PhD Candidate Profile: Siv Skarstein
    with undiagnosed pain syndromes What are you trying to find out I m trying to find the causes of and connections between pain syndromes and the use of painkillers among adolescents Once we know more about this we can develop and test measures that can improve adolescents quality of life alleviate their pain and reduce their excessive use of painkillers How do you go about finding answers I began by searching the literature to find the most reliable data about adolescents pain and use of nonprescription painkillers I then analysed data collected from almost 400 adolescents in the ninth and tenth grades We found that ten per cent used nonprescription medication daily and that twenty six per cent used it once or more weekly The adolescents suffered from pain in several parts of the body they slept less and had lower self esteem than their peers I m now conducting interviews with adolescents who consume high levels of nonprescription painkillers and with their parents to expand my knowledge and gain deeper insight into the topic What challenges does your field of research face The biggest challenge is to develop measures that work and that can be implemented in practice Many young people are suffering and they ought to receive help far sooner than they do today Early intervention and low threshold services would have positive effects in terms of health economics and quality of life Considerable resources are currently being used on a small group of adolescents who already have severe symptoms They often develop chronic psychiatric and or physical health injuries too Other research interests I am a member of a research group for quality of life and pain management at the Department of Nursing The group is large and active with several research projects which I find both

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/PhD-Candidate-Profile-Siv-Skarstein (2015-09-15)
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