Associate Professor Kjersti Mordal Moen and her colleagues at the Faculty of Public Health are partners in a new project funded through Horizon 2020.
The project “Educating for Equitable Health Outcomes – the Promise of School Health and Physical Education (EDUHEALTH)” is coordinated by Linnée University in Sweden and is a cooperation with HUAS and Auckland University in New Zealand. The project is financed through the program Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange).
Ass. Prof. Kjersti Mordal Moen at the Faculty of Public Health is the project responsible at HUAS and she is particularly happy about the achievement: “We sent a first application in 2015 but it was not successful. We persisted and kept on working hard on a new application, so it is very rewarding to have succeded now. We are particularly proud that our project obtained a high score: 91,7/100!”
The Vice Rector for Research Jørgen Klein is also very satisfied with the result and with HUAS succeeding in an extremely competitive call: “Higher Education Institutions in Norway are required to obtain funding of this type and we have sent many applications before which unfortunately did not make it. It is very good news to now succeed with this project and it also shows that it takes time to succeed.”
The project will focus on finding best practice examples of physical education in schools where children come from different cultural and ethnical backgrounds. Among other things, the project funding will support mobility among the project partners, which means that Kjersti Mordal Moen and one more colleague from HUAS will spend several weeks at Auckland University together with colleagues from Sweden.
“It is an invaluable experience to have the opportunity of travelling to New Zealand and get a deep insight into the research in this field there. As far as we know, they have been able to integrate the Maori culture in developing and planning physical education at school and this is very relevant for our research project.”
An ambitious research milieu
The Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Public Health, Ingeborg Hartz, is optimistic about the cooperation and the opportunities that it might open for the Faculty.
“This research group is the first one at HUAS which succeeds in getting H2020 funding: this is evidence that it is a strong and solid research milieu internationally recognized. It is important for HUAS to be proactive and build international relations”.
Both the Vice Rector for Research Jørgen Klein and the Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Public Health Ingeborg Hartz give their congratulations to the research group and wish them good luck with the project implementation.