Coimbatore Institute of Technology and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)(previously known as Bergen University College ) started joint academic and research collaboration activities in the year 2010 and the first MoU between the two institutions

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Coimbatore Institute of Technology was established in the year 1956 and is one ofthe most reputed and prestigious Educational Institution in South India. TheInstitute is backed by world class research and development and attainedautonomous status in 1987

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With about 16,000 students, the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. Institution offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

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A Joint collaborative project between Bergen University College, Norway and Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India.

With about 16,000 students, the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. Institution offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

The ambition of the newly merged institution is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments who will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a visible actor on the international higher education arena through increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects within education and research.

The partner institutions of this INCP project (CIT and HiB)are actively involved in research in modelling, synthesis, characterization of nano materials for clean energy applications and fabrication of different types of solar cells such as Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, Quantum Dots Sensitized Solar cells, CZTS thin film solar cells and Organic Solar Cells. The main objective of this joint project is to strengthen and expand the existing research collaboration between the partner institutions resulting in close ties in educational activities and increase in student and staff mobility in the field of nanomaterials for clean energy applications. The joint research and educational activities carried out through this project will definitely intend to strengthen the institutional links between the two partner institutions.

Goal 1: Increased mobility of master students, PhD research fellows and academic staff

Goal 2: Increased supervision of Master and PhD students
Goal 3: Building and teaching a research-based course
Goal 4: Exchange of knowledge within nanomaterial research for clean energy applications

In partnership with public and private enterprises, the main objective of the UTFORSK project is to strengthen and expand the existing collaboration between the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Coimbatore Institute of Technology resulting in establishment of sustainable collaboration on research, innovation and higher education in nano materials for energy and health applications using ICT as the enabling technology.

Main goals are:
Goal 1:  Build broad institutional partnerships
Goal 2:  Connect research, innovation and higher education
Goal 3: Increase quality in both research and higher education

  • Develop high efficient solar energy technologies based on nano materials
  • Develop novel tools for design and production of 3D printed tissues based on nano materials
  • Develop appropriate simulation tools to optimize nano materials for solar cell and health applications
  • Goal 4: Increase student and staff mobility between Norway and India.
    Goal 5: Increased supervision of Master and PhD students
    Goal 6: Building and teaching a research-based course
    Goal 7: Collaboration with enterprises in Norway and India
    Goal 8: Exchange of knowledge among the partner institutions and enterprises involved