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Please note that the opinions and issues treated in the articles listed bellow are not necessarily the same as those of the ISU-Norway National board and members.

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  • International Student Union branch established at Vestfold University College, October 18th 2012.
  • Cleaning is not so clean in Norway Situation with working conditions of some foreign students working part time, published in Universitas, May 30 2012.
  • ISU Norway's achievement Utropia published a short notice about our newly established branches, Issue 13, Autumn 2011, November 10th 2011.
  • International Students’ Union established at HiH At the General Assembly held today, Anja Jakobsen (Denmark) was elected as the first President of ISU HiH, while Alesya Melnichnikova (Russia) was elected Vice President, November 29th, 2011.
  • ISU Tromsø Elects New Executive Board The International Students' Union of Tromsø held their election on 31st January this year, and has formed a new board. Few people attended the election, but it went well nonetheless. Utropia got to interview president Mashhood Ahmed Sheikh, February 15th, 2011.
  • Information Campaign at ISU UMB During the Leadership Meeting III-2010 the leaders of the local branches of the ISU gathered in Oslo learned and discussed about the student political system in Norway and have workshop about leadership, lobby and the student democracies with Ørjan Arntzen, the Vice President of NSO (The larger organization of Norwegian students in Norway), and the International officer of the NSO, Julie Ness. The leaders ended up taking a resolution, January 31st 2011.
  • ISU Norway stands with students’ community across the World ISU Norway stands still with the international students’ community all across the world. After the protests in London against recent regulation on fee, Italy saw a huge protest against the proposed law by the government to reduce the huge amount of funding to the universities and make the education sector open for Private companies. The argument behind the proposed amendment comes from the background of the recent financial crisis and non-functioning of the existing university system. The reform cuts the number of university courses and faculties and reduces funding for grants, January 31st, 2011.
  • ISU Norway Elects New National Board The new Board consists of Karen Contreras from Chile as National President (University of Oslo), John Ganyo from Ghana as 1 st Vice President (Oslo University College), Isaac Wanasolo from Uganda as Vice President for Public Relations (Norewegian University of Science and Technology), Vilma Vaitilaviciute from Lithuania as Vice President for Union Development (Oslo University College) and Mashhood Ahmed Sheikh from Pakistan as Vice President for Academics and Welfare (University of Tromsø), October 17th, 2010.
  • New partnership agreement between NSO and ISU ISU has signed an agreement of cooperation with NSO (Norsk studentorganisasjon), the organisation which resulted after the merger of two of ISU's partners, Norsk Studentunion (NSU) and Studentes Landsforbund (StL) in April 2010 and the formation of a new organisation (NSO) from 1st June 2010. The new organisation, which represents all Norwegian students at all institutions of higher education in Norway, is one of Norwegian Higher education stakeholders (together with ANSA and ISU), and the new agreement of cooperation is replacing the past Memorandum of Understandings signed with NSU & StL in 2008. See White Paper on Internationalisation of Education in Norway', Report no.14/2008-2009 submitted to the Norwegian Parliament, also found here, or visit www.student.no for information on NSO. The signed agreement can be found here, October 12th, 2010.
  • Presentation to KD of ISU's political priorities for 2010-2011 After the Ministry of Education's prompt attention and good solutions offered on ISU's prioritization of the issues that affect international students currently studying in Norway (as presented to a meeting with the State Secretary Mr. Kyrre Lekve on the 10th February 2010 - attached) according to (and within the ambit and direction of) the ISU Platform, a new meeting between the Ministry of Education (KD) and ISU (kindly attended by NSO Executive Board Leader, Ms. Anne-Karine Nymoen) offered the organisation the possibility to present the new priorities for the academic year 2010-2011 which can be found in the attached document, September 22nd, 2010.
  • New partnership agreement between ANSA and ISU ISU -within the framework of ISU's adopted Platform (version 2009) and the National Board's commitment towards a strengthened organisation- signed (for the first time in its history) an agreement of cooperation with ANSA (the Association of Norwegian Students' Abroad), a non-profit and independent organisation, founded in 1956, with the aim to voice, maintain and promote the educational, cultural, political and economic interests of Norwegian students studying abroad (currently, in over 90 countries at over 1200 educational institutions worldwide). See also: Ministry of Education and Research's 'White Paper on Internationalisation of Education in Norway', Report no.14/2008-2009 submitted to the Norwegian Parliament (see also here), For more information visit ANSA website. The signed agreement can be found here, August 27th, 2010.
  • Global student appeal on higher education, addressed to G8/G20 leaders (June 2010) Students' organisations from across the World, collectively representing more than 150 million students, have released a Statement, addressed to the leaders of the G8 and G20 member States during the June 2010 Summits in Canada, with the aim to tackle the challenge of privatisation of education and reaffirm education's value as an 'essential public good and a fundamental right', according to the commitments and principles agreed upon by global community within the framework of UNESCO World Conferences on Higher Education. The Statement (in English, French or Spanish). See also: European Students' Union, Canadian Federation of Students, July 5th, 2010.
  • Policy forum on aid effectiveness and development: The example of Ghana ISU has been invited and participated to Spire's 3rd policy forum for 2010, where aid effectiveness policies and development issues have been specially focused upon. Presentation of Mrs. Astrid Schnitzer, a former UNDP programme/policy specialist, focused on Ghana. See also: information on Quota at www.siu.no, minutes. June 23rd, 2010.
  • New partnership agreement between UngInfo and ISU ISU has signed an agreement with UngInfo (Youth Information Centre) in Oslo, a project-based organisation established within the framework of Barne og Ungdomsrådet i Oslo (BURO) in 1992, with the aim to cover the growing need amongst young people (aged up to 26 years old) for information about issues such as education, accommodation, health care, travel, tourism and job search. UngInfo is part of the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA) and member of Ungdoms Informasjonen (www.unginfo.no). More information: www.unginfo.oslo.no (in Norwegian), www.use-it.no (in English), signed agreement. June 17th, 2010.
  • Case resolved: Funding for Quota students on exchange. Based on the solution of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Quota scheme students will receive funding during their exchange period abroad. Related: ISU's political agenda 2010, Studvest article. May 22nd, 2010.
  • Organisation of 2nd ISU Leaders' meeting in HiO/OUC. Leadership meeting for 2010 (LM) was held in Høgskolen i Oslo from 30th April to 2nd May 2010 and hosted by the local ISU HiO/OUC branch. Honorable guests: Pro Rector of HiO Mr. Per Arne Olsen, the Director of the International Office of HiO Ms. Dagrun Kvammen, NSU (and future NSO) Leder Ms. Anne-Karine Nymoen, StL Leder Ms. Ina Tandberg, StL HiO nestleder Ms. Catrine Lie, NSO HiO future Leder Mr. Daniel Massie, Spire's Leder Christian Bull and SAIH's nestleder Ms. Anette Remme, Mr. Bjørn Anders Foss (a motivational speaker from Multiple Sclerosis Forbundet), Farshad Tami, former ISU-Norway president. Available documents: StL's presentationhere), Spire's presentation. May 3rd, 2010.
  • Palestine, Israel and Norway's Higher Education - Meeting with the Ministry. ISU has been kindly invited by the State Secretary (Education) Mr. Kyrre Lekve to attend and contribute to a meeting with the Minister of Education and Research Mrs. Tora Aasland on Israel - Palestine and Higher Education. Such meeting, which was held on 27th April 2010 and attended by various stakeholders, as well as by ISU’s National President George Vlazakis, and NSU and StL’s Leder and Internasjonal ansvarlig (Anne-Karine Nymoen, Ina Tandberg, Magnus Ofstad Malnes and Anette Cvijanovic), focused on Norway's current cooperation on research and higher education with Palestine and Israel, and included presentations of existing networks and the Ministry's view on the path forward. ISU's contribution to the meeting has been through a presentation of its current work in cooperation with its partners, NSU and StL. April 28th, 2010.
  • Debate on internationalisation and inclusion - Studentersamfundet's article about a political debate with the topic "International vs. Norwegian students- Isolation and integration", organised by Kulturutvalget in Det Norske Studentersamfund, Oslo with invited speakers: Det Norske Studentersamfund President Kristin Fladmoe Wolmer, SiO Head of Rental operations Nina Nystad, UiO Head of International Education Office Guri Vestad, Buddy System Commission representative Ove Torheim-Sandvik, ISU UiO President Emily Kristin Balloun and ISU National President George Vlazakis. April 27th, 2010
  • Formation of a new student organisation (video of ISU National President's greeting) - a historic event took place in Oslo from 22 to 25 April 2010, with the merger of the two Norwegian student organizations and ISU partners (Norsk studentunion/NSU and Studentenes landsforbund/StL) and the formation of a new student organisation called Norsk Studentorganisasjon (NSO - Norwegian)/National Union of Students in Norway (NUS Norway - English). April 26, 2010
  • Identification and specialisation of ISU Political Agenda 2009-2010 - the document presented -and distributed- to the participants of the NSU and StL's joint International Komite (IK) meeting, according to (and within the ambit and direction of) the ISU National Action Plan 2009-2010 (as adopted by ISU's National Assembly in November 2009 and presented to the State Secretary Mr. Kyrre Lekve on a meeting in February 2010). April 15th, 2010.
  • ISU report on expulsion of international students - cases of expulsion of international students from 2003. March 5th 2010.
  • Quota Students Feel Discriminated: the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) are unwilling to continue the quota scholarship while the student is abroad on exchange. The leader of the NHH Students' association, ISU NHH and the International Office at NHH support the students and think quota students should have the same exchange possibilities as other NHH students. Studvest, February 24th 2010.
  • CNN: Why the Olympics matter, written by ISU UiO Leader Robert Kaufman, February 15th 2010.
  • During ISU's Leaders Meeting (Telemark, Feb. 5-7, 2010), ISU local Leaders decided to establish and celebrate -during the current semester- a day where the importance and significance for academic and social integration would be highlighted, to be on the 21st April, and to be remembered as the "International Students' in Norway Day, February 12th 2010.
  • ISU Political Agenda 2009-2010, prioritisation of ISU agenda originating from ISU Leaders' Meeting, Telemark, Febr. 5-7, 2010, presented to the State Secretary (Education) Mr. Kyrre Lekve, on a meeting arranged by ISU and attended also by NSU and StL's Executive Board Leaders, Ms. Anne-Karine Nymoen and Ms. Ina Tandberg, February 10th, 2010.
  • Global Student Declaration, UNESCO, Paris, January 13th - 15th 2010 - passed at the third meeting after last year's UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE+10). See also info at ESU's website, or Times Higher Education Overseas Briefing, or article in Universitas, February 1st, 2010.
  • NSU and StL Resolution: Student Discount without Age Limit (in Norwegian) - about age limit for student discount on public transportation. NSU&STL, January 31st 2010.
  • Hearing for new Immigration Act (Mainly par. 6-19, par. 6-29 and par. 10-7): the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion (AID) has informed of new regulations accompanying the new Immigration Law valid as of 1 January 2010. According to the new regulations, international students that have completed their education in Norway can apply for a permit to stay in Norway and search for a job for up to six months. See also: press report of the government, January 2010.
  • ISU National Assembly: Elections of the new President and National Board of ISU, see the pictures, November 4th 2009.
  • Security service: Iranian student expelled from Norway due to the potential of knowledge misuse, blog of the leader of the student parliament in Narvik, October 30th 2009.
  • ISU has been accepted as a member of Frivillighet Norge, the Association of NGOs in Norway. See the homepage of Frivillighet Norge, October 2009.
  • Focus on bank account problems for international students - too much bureaucracy when creating new bank accounts for students. Universitas(University of Oslo). See also articles in Universitas(University of Oslo) and Studvest (university of Bergen), October 2009.
  • Invitation to National Assembly in Narvik - Everybody are cordially invited to participate in ISU of Norway National Assembly (NA ii09) that is taking place in Narvik from 30th of October to 1st of November 2009, October 6th 2009.
  • Health and welfare survey - The results from our "Health- and welfare survey among international students in Trondheim 2009” show that the international students are highly competent and hard working, Høgskole i Narvik Aktuelt, September 30th 2009.
  • No more deposit for international students in Stavanger - The Board of Studentsamskipsnaden in Stavanger (SiS) has decided to end the practice of requesting a deposit from international students renting student housing as of January 2010, Rogaland Avis, September 21st 2009.
  • Finally a solution for quota students Yearly 300-400 new Quota students, but do not receive financial aid the first two months because they need a Norwegian social security number. September 21st 2009.
  • Towards a crisis in student housing - only 14,66% of the students are offered student housing and in 2013 the number of students will probably have increased with 80 000 compared to today. July 30th 2009.
  • Meeting between UDI and ISU. May 6th 2009.
  • Norway’s two student organizations will merge in 2010 - The two umbrella student organizations, NSU and StL, representing all students of universities and university colleges respectively, voted to merge. April 29th 2009.
  • ISU's comments on suggested changes in the Immigration Law - about the possibility to apply for a visa to stay in Norway up to 6 months after finishing studies in order to search for a relevant job. March 2009.
  • Why Spire? - about cooperation of ISU and Spire (Utviklingsfondets ungdom), a youth organization for the Norwegian Development Fund. March 2009.
  • Utlendinger må betale, nordmenn slipper, a Norwegian article about payment of a deposit to Studentsamskipsnaden (the student welfare organisation), Stavanger Aftenblad, March 25th 2009.
  • Waterfalls and English attract international students - about survey carried out by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education, Universitas, March 18th 2009.
  • Without rights for months - UDI spends up to eight months processing the renewal of study permits, Universitas, March 11th 2009.
  • PST is contributing to prejudice, The Norwegian Students’ Union, NSU reacts strongly to PST’s wish to control students and researchers from so-called worrying countries. Dagsavisen, see also: ISU's statement on the case, February 11th 2009.
  • Starting a global student movement - The students of the world are to be united under one banner. Universitas, February 4th 2009.
  • ISU leader satisfied with new measures, about Norwegian classes for international students at University of Oslo, article by Jannicke Møller Andersen at Nova Nyheter, January 26th 2009
  • Give UMB a "burl" - Jason Hart came from a booming metropolis in Australia to UMB for a semester in Environmental economics. Read his observations. UMB Frontpage, December 19th 2008.
  • Demand an end to discrimination, read the entire magazine with English translation..., or read the Norwegian article..., Stavanger studentavisa Hugin, November 2008.
  • Increasing number of international students, adressa.no, see also: article in Aftenposten, August 10th 2008.
  • Broke Students in Despair over Norwegian Bureaucracy - Summary of an article written by Per Øyvind Fange and Ingrid Hvidsten in VG Nett on Friday September 27th 2008. Translation by Solveig Aamodt.
  • The Unforgiving Student - SIU, March 28th, 2008.
  • Telephone problems in the in the SiO dormitories - Universitas, February 13th, 2008.
  • Forced to receive the phone book - Universitas, February 13th, 2008.
  • The global fight over the brain power (in Norwegian) - BI Magasinet, December 2007.
  • Exchange programme for Malawian nurses (in Norwegian) - BI Magasinet, October 2007.
  • International promotion of Norway as a venue for study and research - reader's letter: Bente Gundersen, Information Advisor on the international promotion of Norway at the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU), 10.10.2007.
  • From an International Student in Norway - international students in Norway are ambassadors of this country, 26.09.2007.
  • Rejects Norway - Despite a slight increase, Norway still draws the shortest straw as the OECD countries battle over international students. 18.09.2007.
  • ISU wins Part-time work permit case!, collection of articles, spring 2007.
  • Studentunionar drep avgift (nynorsk) - on the efforts to reduce the work permit fee for students, Utropia, 27.02.2007.
  • Snur studentstrømmen, Aftenposten, 14.01.2007.
  • Internationalisation prize 2006 - news of Student Parliament at University of Oslo.
  • Foreign Students Forced to work Illegally, Studvest, 18.10.2006.
  • Må betale for a jobbe, Bergens Tidende, 11.10.2006.
  • Government Budget worse than expected, Studvest, 11.10.2006.
  • Betaler dyrt for å jobbe, Studvest, 04.10.2006. ISU Bergen on the challenges for international students related to the Visa and Work Fee.
  • ISU Norway leader reelected, Universitas, 27.09.2006.
  • UiO is lagging behind on exchange, Universitas, 01.03.2006.
  • SFB students allowed to stay, Universitas, 23.05.2006.
  • Cutting ties, Universitas, 01.03.2006. Universitas Editorial article.
  • Still set to eliminate Norwegian course, Universitas, 22.02.2006. Members of the ISU Oslo Board representing their international students.
  • Set to exclude international students, Universitas, 07.12.2005. On elimination of Norwegian courses.
  • Bare plass for nordmenn, Aftenposten (forbruker.no), 07.10.2005. On restricting of access to Bachelor degree for non-Norwegian speakers.
  • Utenlandske studenter faller utenfor, Aftenposten (forbruker.no), 20.10.2005. On feelings of discrimination.
  • Rammes av ekstra utgifter, Utropia, 6. mai 2004.
  • Kartlegge av internasjonale studenter, Nordlys, 30.01.2004. 
  • International Students Get No Choice, Universitas, 26.11.2003. On accommodation of international students at UiO.
  • Internasjonale studenter får ikke velge bosted, Universitas, 26.11.2003. Same problem treated in Norwegian.
  • Kenyansk problemløser, Universitas, 05.02.2003. Interview with Jowi James Otieno, ISU National Coordinator at the time of the interview.
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  • LNU
  • SAIH
  • NSO
  • SPIRE
  • ANSA
  • Ui
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