Official opening of Norwegian-American educational collaboration at Simula

The Norwegian government granted funding for a unique Norwegian-American collaboration on research and education this fall. The SUURPh programme was recently formally opened at Simula Research Laboratory’s facilities at Fornebu, with representatives present from the programme partners University of San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Oslo (UIO).

Professor Kim Barrett is the Dean of the Graduate Division at UCSD.

"We have interactions with many universities worldwide that involve the exchange of faculty and students, with major concentrations in Europe and China. But the program with Simula and UiO is relatively unique with respect to the quality and depth of interactions and the support it enjoys from the central government", Barrett says. 

"Simula is highly respected for its advances in the area of computational science, for the quality of its scientists, and for its approaches to problem solving. Indeed, when Simula was seeking a U.S. partner to pursue more in depth interactions, there was considerable competition between several prestigious institutions to become that partner," she adds.

The educational programme is a shared PhD programme, which will focus on computational science within the field of biomedicine. 15 students will be accepted to the programme annually, and they will conduct research on subjects that combine and require the unique expertise of the three partner institutions. The study period will be divided between UCSD in California and Simula at Fornebu, and the degree will be awarded by the University of Oslo. After the completion of the programme, the students will be highly qualified candidates for attractive positions in research based industries both in Norway and internationally.

UCSD is a highly recognised university that has, for the last ten years, been listed amongst the top 15 universities in the world. Managing Director of Simula, professor Aslak Tveito, is very pleased that the funding for the programme is in place.

"Simula has had a strong research collaboration with UCSD for several years, and we are now happy that we can step it up a notch. The funding enables us to develop the collaborative effort and offer a PhD education of a very high quality", Tveito says.

The educational programme has been named SUURPh, which is an acronym for “The Simula-UiO-UCSD Research and PhD training programme”.

Managing Director of Simula Aslak Tveito at the SUURPh opening
Managing Director of Simula Aslak Tveito at the SUURPh opening (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Summer school in full operation

The Summer School of Computational Physiology is a corner stone in the SUURPh programme. Simula has joined forces with UCSD and UiO in order to establish the Summer School, which was arranged for the first time last year. 25 talented students at the PhD and Master level from UCSD, UiO, and several European countries have been accepted and are presently in full swing with their studies.

The students spend the first part of the summer at Fornebu, where they will receive tutoring. In August, they will travel to San Diego in order to do course work and a final exam.

Students of the Simula-UCSD Simula Summer School 2015
Students of the Summer School were amongst the honorary guests at Simula’s kick off for the Norwegian-American PhD collaboration. Andy Edwards, (no. 2 from the right) is the leader of the Summer School.

 

Photo gallery from the SUURPh opening

Kim Barrett, Dean of the Graduate Divison, UCSD. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Kim Barrett, Dean of the Graduate Divison, UCSD. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Ole Petter Ottersen, Principal of the University of Oslo.
Ole Petter Ottersen, Principal of the University of Oslo. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Molly Maleckar, Director of the Simula School of Research and Innovation (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Molly Maleckar, Director of the Simula School of Research and Innovation (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Lisbeth Hammer Krogh, mayor of the municipality of Bærum. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Lisbeth Hammer Krogh, mayor of the municipality of Bærum. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Kristin Danielsen, International Director at the Research Council of Norway. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Kristin Danielsen, International Director at the Research Council of Norway. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Trond Fevolden, Secretary General at the Ministry of Research and Development. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Trond Fevolden, Secretary General at the Ministry of Research and Development. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

 

Ted Danowitz, Science and Environment Officer at the American embassy. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Ted Danowitz, Science and Environment Officer at the American embassy. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

From left to right: Ted Danowitz, Science and Environment Officer at the American Embassy, Ole Petter Ottersen, principal at UiO, Aslak Tveito, Managing director of Simula, and Molly Maleckar, Director of the Simula School of research and Innovation. (Pho
From left to right: Ted Danowitz, Science and Environment Officer at the American Embassy, Ole Petter Ottersen, principal at UiO, Aslak Tveito, Managing director of Simula, and Molly Maleckar, Director of the Simula School of research and Innovation. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Marianne M. Sundet, Director of Simula Innovation, and Kristin Vinje, politician for the Conservative Party (H). (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Marianne M. Sundet, Director of Simula Innovation, and Kristin Vinje, politician for the Conservative Party (H). (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

Marie Rognes, Head of the Biomedical Computing Department, and Simon Funke, Postdoctoral Fellow. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)
Marie Rognes, Head of the Biomedical Computing Department, and Simon Funke, Postdoctoral Fellow. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)

 

 

 

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