NHH is awarded prestigious EU status

NHH By Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen

28 August 2020 11:07

NHH is awarded prestigious EU status

The Norwegian School of Economics is among three Norwegian educational institutions set to be awarded status as European Universities.

Competing with nearly 60 other European educational institutions, NHH, NTNU and the University of Oslo have been selected for the European initiative European Universities.

‘This is very good news for NHH and it’s a status we regard highly. NHH has always been at the forefront of international cooperation on education, and this network collaboration is another important step. The alliance with a group of outstanding European business schools will contribute to further developing and improving the quality of NHH's education programmes,’ says Rector Øystein Thøgersen.

European Universities is an initiative from the European Commission to create a common identity and strengthen the quality and competitiveness of European higher education.


‘This is a great recognition of the international efforts made by Norwegian universities and university colleges. European cooperation is highly valuable to society and contributes to increasing the quality of Norwegian education. It is therefore incredibly important that Norwegian institutions participate,’ says Minister of Research and Higher Education Henrik Asheim in a press release.

In this year's competition, the status of European Universities has been awarded to 24 new networks. Every network consists of at least three universities from three programme countries under the education programme Erasmus+.

NHH is part of the network ENGAGE.EU (The European University engaged in societal change). The following educational institutions are also part of this network: LUISS Roma - Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali - Guido Carli (Italy), Tilburg University (the Netherlands), University of Mannheim (Germany), University of National and World Economy, Sofia (Bulgaria), Toulouse Capitole University (France) and Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria).


European Universities has EUR 287 million to divide among the 41 networks over a period of three years. Each network can receive up to EUR 5 million through Erasmus+ and up to EUR 2 million from Horizon 2020.

‘Norway is doing well in the European research and education programmes, and our participation pays off,’ Asheim stated in the press release.


  • The initiative will strengthen the quality and competitiveness of European higher education.
  • Consists of over 280 European universities divided into 41 networks.
  • The networks are awarded status as European Universities after an open competition announced by the European Commission.
  • Established as part of the EU's education programme Erasmus+.