BI and The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training extend agreement for principal education

12 December 2014

Following a five-year collaboration with The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, the framework agreement for the training of headmasters is extended with another five years.

- The role as headmaster is constantly changing and the goal is that this education will contribute to better work efficiency. The education has received positive evaluations, and it is gratifying that BI can continue to contribute to higher managerial skills for Norwegian headmasters, said Johan From, who has the academic responsibility for the education at BI.

BI has since 2009 offered a part-time principal study at Masters level in collaboration with the Directorate, and is today by far the largest provider of this education in Norway. The aim is to make headmasters more capable of performing their managerial tasks, and thus contribute to the schools solving their primary task, the students’ learning, in the best possible way.

The education has received positive evaluations throughout from the roughly 800 school managers who have completed their education at BI. This has contributed to The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training’s decision to extend the collaboration for another five-year period.

National offer

The Leadership and Restructuring of Schools course, taught in Norwegian, is a national training programme that newly appointed headmasters and deputy headmasters can apply for. The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training chooses the participants and also covers the tuition fee. The education is equivalent to 30 credits at Masters level, and takes about eighteen months to complete. This year, BI has a total of 17 classes at the principal education, 8 of which are commissioned by the Directorate.

BI is one of seven educational institutions chosen by the Directorate to strengthen the management skills in our school system. The education will be offered by the following institutions over the next five years: Handelshøyskolen BI - Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus - Høgskulen i Sogn og Fjordane - AFF/Norges Handelshøyskole - NTNU - Universitetet i Agder - Universitetet i Oslo

BI has, in cooperation with the municipality of Oslo, delivered customised school management training programs since 2002 in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Bærum, Fredrikstad, Sandefjord, Kongsberg, Ullensaker, Asker and the municipalities in Nedre Romerike – as well as Akershus and Rogaland counties. In total, nearly 2,000 school managers have received education organised by BI.

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