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  • HiOA - Friday Culture Tours for HiOA's international students
    HiOA s international students have started Friday 24 August 80 international students went to Norsk Folkemuseum The Norwegian Folk Museum Elena right side on photo from Russia thought it was great to visit the open area museum I think it is a great stave church I learned a lot and I will invite my Russian friends to visit the museum she said A very happy Timothy from Kenya said I m so excited to be here Learning is not only sitting in the classroom we also learn from so many experiences like this one where we go on a tour Today I m very happy because I can see where Norway has come from I will sign up to all the Friday Culture Tours because I want to learn new experiences which I can take back to my country Ana from Georgia said I learned a couple of things about the Norwegian lifestyle in the 17th and 18th century and the conditions of life back then I will definitely attend more Friday Culture Tours Throughout this semester the International Office at HiOA will arrange an array of different tours for the international students such as tours to NRK the Opera

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  • HiOA - Rector's welcome speech
    such as telecommunications which characterises the Norwegian society today Thus we should be humble when we are talking about how we will be making our living in 50 100 years What we do know is that it will be knowledge based Knowledge developed by you who are present here today The foundation is set by being active participants in education research and in the development of study programmes and subjects in addition to creating active academic student environments You the young people of today will take part in the development of Norway in the years to come Today you have become a part of HiOA s approximately 18000 students In addition there are 1850 staff members at HiOA We are a large institution and with campuses at Kjeller Sandvika and Pilestredet it will be important to emphasise alternative learning and working methods now and in the future HiOA offers over 50 different bachelor s degree programmes around 30 master s degree programmes over 80 further education programmes and 4 doctoral degree programmes We are a University College ambitious to become a university Many students before you have questioned our reasons for becoming a university Why can t HiOA just be a really good university college We want to be very good at what we do In Norway today the term university is a political designation of quality Our region the metropolitan area of Oslo og Akershus is characterised by challenges within increasing population mobility integration transport diversity health welfare and visual culture just to mention a few As a higher educational institution we shall meet these challenges and possibilities with strengthened qualification and where we will prepare you for work in a society characterised by an increasing pluralism and cultural diversity We always try to improve our research based teaching and invite you to join our research at HiOA HiOA is a new institution only one year old This implies that you have the opportunity to influence the University College from the very beginning this gives you a fantastic opportunity to engage in activities at HiOA We are looking forward to getting started get to know you and show you the way Through teaching and by preparing you for good learning we will guide you through the academic and professional educations that we offer and are so excited about We are now at St Hanshaugen in the heart of Oslo in one of the city s beautiful outdoor areas We are very grateful to be able to have our opening ceremony here in the Municipality of Oslo so we would like to thank the Mayor of Oslo Fabian Stang for the opportunity Thank you It is important to use the city Students using the city set a standard for knowledge in the capital and the surrounding region Therefore it is great that this year s new students are gathered here at St Hanshaugen For those of you who are new to the city and for those of you who are

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  • HiOA - Innovation camp at International Summer School
    advisor in Young Innovationship Young Innovationship is an ideal nation wide organisation that together with schools industry and commerce and other agents work to develop creativity innovation and the joy of creating The goal with an innovation camp at International summer school The goal is to accomplish creativity and innovation for instance in the students local societies says Jorid Grimeland project coordinator in the course International Public Health Act locally think globally is a slogan she tells her students Grimeland believes that the different approaches to the problems in which the students work with at innovation camp gives them relevant knowledge and the ability to develop creativity curiosity and innovation She thinks that these are important elements in the education process that can be transferred to the working life Different topics Four groups were given their assignments Thursday morning Among these were the challenges of developing policies to support maternal child health and challenges in changing animal practice management and negotiating the implementation of IPH some of the topics the students could choose from The groups now have only 24 hours to develop a project and save the world A group of four students were already working hard on their project when I met them Thursday morning From the left Suzan Hamid from Sudan Sidsel Kloster from Danmark Emma Loud and Olivia Chu from Canada Photo Charlotte Tjomsland This group had chosen to work with the topic zoonosis and especially with regards to sheep husbandry in India The students exchanged knowledge from their home countries searched for literature and developed their business plan The conclusion was clear working with the innovation camp is motivating engaging and very educational Their business plan has to be ready and presented to the jury 10 AM next morning Can knitting give hope Happy winners

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  • HiOA - LATINA summer 2012
    to lecture for the international students arriving Oslo the coming weekend The course LATINA summer is looking at what s happening here and now The focus is on new educational formats and technics with digital tools The course builds on a model that uses four basic tools in teaching orally and in writing and still and moving images The students will get assignments where they can influence their learning process and results They will work with new methods of teaching and learning instance with E publications This year s LATINA summer course will have students from Lithuania Slovenia and Netherlands in Europe Uganda and Morocco in Africa In addition will seven students and a dean from acknowledged universities in China be present which Høivik sees strategic advantages with China is the country in the world with most internet users and a place of major technological importance In a digital world is becomes increasingly important to work across borders Høivik requests for a greater platform where HIOA s internationalization efforts are linked together The summer school is an excellent arena where this can be done however more defined objectives are necessary for it to reach its full potential states Høivik With students from diverse countries with unlike educational praxis and different levels of knowledge and competence the teaching and learning will be challenging However with the rhythm of technological advancement along with the demand for students to be updated during the three weeks stay in Oslo it won t be time to even starting looking for the brakes says Høivik with a smile To find more information about LATINA summer 2012 press link http summer latina pedit hio no During the summer school social activities will be offered to international students Helge Høivik offers here some tips which you may not

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  • HiOA - When men choose female-dominated care professions
    male nursing students are often older than the female students something that may signify that the men have had other professions before they began their nursing education Men who have chosen these study programmes are very motivated This is something they have wanted to do for a long time Karlsen says Men work in other areas of nursing than women The women often work within care and nursing while the men often work within psychiatric care Also there are more men than women who work as managers and more men than women that are likely to leave the care profession for another profession with a higher salary Expect to become managers Karlsen s thesis also reviews the social background and the type of education of the parents Male nursing students have more often than women a father who is a nurse Therefore he has been given an impression of what the profession may offer she says She reports of interesting findings when students are asked about work values More women than men expect to work part time while more men than women expect to become managers This reinforces the explanation of men aspiring for management positions they are not just pushed into management positions because it is expected of them to become managers Leave for another position It may seem paradoxical that committed and motivated male nurses still leave the profession Karlsen believes she has part of the explanation A choice of education is not a choice for life Nursing education renders a wide range of exciting and challenging jobs The women may not envisage an equally wide range of career possibilities as the men do she says However male nurses are not an unambiguous group Non western men have careers that resemble the careers of Norwegian women Among other things this means that they stay longer in the profession than ethnic Norwegian men Perhaps they have poorer prerequisites to transfer nursing knowledge to other professions Or they are not called in for an interview no matter how hard they try The reason might also be that they are interested in having a reliable job with a decent salary something the nursing profession provides My research indicates that non western men with nursing education work more than Norwegian men with nursing education says Karlsen Does not believe in stigmatization She has little belief in the explanation that men have a tendency to quit their job as nurses because they are pushed out of the profession due to stigmatization If being a man is the main reason for stigmatization and exclusion why do men with non western immigrant background stay The probability of these men leaving the profession should be just as high as Norwegian men leaving Most men quit due to other reasons than career opportunities says Karlsen Another theory is that men leave the profession because it is hard to be a male nurse The negativity of this theory has been given too much space she says The stereotypies

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  • HiOA - Highly developed brains behind top performances
    intellect experiences and knowledge lie at the back of the head in the unconscious My experience after many years at the top is that there is tremendously much in the mental tremendously much when everything is at the very highest level then I feel invincible The up hills are not long enough nor steep enough an extremely good sensation I just watch what happens Another athlete that participated in the research is the Norwegian handball keeper Heidi Tjugum who was part of the Norwegian national team that won one World Championship one European Championship two European Cups and a number of silver and bronze medals She says Sometimes I have felt that I am an observer I just watch what happens This is a good feeling It is a very beautiful feeling it is not that I feel I don t have control But it goes by itself in reality I do not have to initiate anything at all Extremely here and now nothing else matters And it is unbelievably good A beautiful experience These feelings are unbelievable nice They stimulate me to take on further challenges Obviously this is what I am longing for every time I go to a training session to have this sensation that OK this I master so well that it is just for the opposing players to come at me Just shoot Whatever you do you will not be able to score These statements are similar to those Harung and his colleagues gathered from other top class performers both among the musicians and the business leaders They found a significant difference amongst the top performers and controls on several quantitative measures Therefore there must be some common inner attributes and processes that make top performers able to deliver at top level regardless of profession or activity says Harung We found this common inner dimension to be what we called higher mind brain development Higher mind brain development includes that various aspects and parts of the brain work together in an integrated way Among world class performers this integration is especially well developed Measured brain activity Studies the researchers have carried out include measurements of the performers brains by the means of electroencephalography EEG This is equipment and methods which hospitals often use in search of possible brain injuries following traffic accidents etc EEG however can also be used to look at the extent of integration and development of several brain processes The researchers have looked at three different measurements that all reflect how well the brain works as a whole 1 Coherence which tells how well the various parts of the brain cooperate 2 Amount of alpha waves which reflect restful alertness and 3 How economically or effectively the brain works The three measurements are then put together in an expression of brain refinement the Brain Integration Scale World class performance has so far been mostly regarded from a psychological point of view especially speaking of management Researchers often explain management skills as a

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  • HiOA - Cuts in benefits have increased the number of poor children
    1996 During these years there has been a high increase in incomes The dependent child allowances of the social security scheme have stagnated In 2001 the sibling allowance of the child benefit and the tax credit for dependent children were removed Later the infant allowance was abolished Surveys show that if families with children in the middle of the 2000s had received the same amount of child benefit that they did ten years earlier there would have been 10 000 fewer poor children in Norway today Not able to follow There has not been an increase in social welfare that will secure families with children a solid economy in cases where the parents do not have any income producing employment Poverty increases when people with the lowest incomes are not able to follow and it is the children of these families that will be affected says Halvorsen The report is written on commission from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service The emphasis is on making proposals for research and relevant measures to counteract poverty and exclusion among children and young people Examples of suggested measures are free core time in nursery school free school activities and after school activities Great differences in dependent child allowances The research group which among others consists of Research Assistant Hege Larsen and Project Manager and Associate Professor Sissel Seim at Sosialforsk is critical to the variation of dependent child allowances between 4420 NOK for unemployed and 31 686 NOK per year for parents who are recipients of disability benefits We have not found an explanation for the differences in the dependent child allowances There is no logic behind the numbers says Sissel Seim researcher at HiOA The project group recommends that a plan of action is made consisting of an evaluation of the social

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  • HiOA - Ticket vending machines – also available to the Blind
    making their vending machines available to the blind After using vending machines on the train stations for several years NSB has not yet made any improvements for the blind Tek Beng Tan former student at the Bachelor s Programme in Applied Computer Technology indicates that other cities in Europe e g Barcelona are ahead of us on this area Making selections by use of simple gestures After frequent testing the students found the best prototype and called it Swipe8 This prototype has a voice synthesis and is based on making simple gestures on the screen The concept uses gestures instead of pointing and touching and is based on the user s single directional stroke on the screen Each of the directions represents a selection What is unique with this solution is that it is insignificant where the gesture starts on the screen This is a whole new way of thinking in connection with self service vending machines The solution we reached is both time effective and user friendly for all and it is easy to make says Anders Johansen who was responsible for the testing in the student project He hopes that their technology may be a starting point for further development In April an article on their work written by Professor and supervisor Frode Eika Sandnes with the students as co authors will be published in the international journal Universal Access in the Information Society Working with solutions NSB points out that they strive to make the best possible solutions for all and that a lot has been done with the vending machines to make them more user friendly for the visually impaired Among other things we have increased the contrast on our screens and removed disturbing elements to improve the readability Unfortunately with the touch screen technology you

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