State secretary Bjørn Haugstad officially opened the office 8 December 2016, at the launch event at Norway House. The NorCore office aims to cooperate with leading European partners to enhance the quality and relevance of Norwegian education, research and innovation.
– Our goal is to increase Norwegian participation in EU programs for research, innovation and education and to foster and develop world-class academic groups, said Haugstad. – We cannot do this in isolation. To succeed you need to know how things work in Brussels. That is where NorCore comes in, he continued.
– Impressive Norwegian participation
Present at the launch, in addition to the three cooperating organisations, were also representatives from the European Commission. – Norway's participation in Horizon 2020 is impressive, says Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Deputy Director General at Directorate-General for Research & Innovation. She welcomed further input from Norway on EU research programmes. Jens Nymand-Christensen, Deputy Director General at Directorate-General for Education and Culture, also participated.
In addition to strengthening Norway’s participation in Horizon 2020-projects the NorCore office aims to promote Norwegian research, innovation and education, and to be a bridge between the Norwegian research, education and innovation-system and the relevant actors in Brussels. The office is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education.
Norwegian Research Council
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education