The Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord) is a Norwegian charitable, private foundation. The focus of the Foundation is to protect and promote freedom of speech in Norway. Some of their instruments of policy are financial support to projects, and supporting a long line of program areas to external applicants.
The Freedom of Expression Foundation has also created it's own student grants in collaboration with a number of educational institutions in the country; now also Buskerud and Vestfold University College (HBV).
– An important contribution
The Freedom of Expression Foundation recently assessed HBV’s MSc program in Human Rights and Multliculturalism, and found it worthy of a separate scholarship. At each admission to the program, two scholarships of 25,000 NOK each will be announced. The successful students will be able to use the funds to realize their thesis research projects, and the funds may finance fieldwork, travel and the like in connection with data collection
- The Freedom of Expression Foundation wishes to contribute to the excellent work done by Buskerud and Vestfold University College, to emphasize freedom of expression, democracy and human rights, says Project Manager Joakim Lie at Fritt Ord Foundation.
He says that Buskerud and Vestfold University College, through the MSc program in Human Rights and multiculturalism, significantly contributes to safeguarding a culture where issues related to freedom of expression and human rights are openly discussed.
- Human Rights in a profession perspective
The master's program in Human Rights and Multiculturalism is interdisciplinary and has a local, national, regional and international focus. The program is open for students from multiple disciplines.
- Knowledge and awareness of human rights are important for everyone to have their rights realized. Human rights education, and the meaning and consequences of human rights obligations for professional practice, are important aspects of our MSc program. It is also vital to understand different approaches to diverse populations, minority politics, integration issues in view of human rights, says Associate Professor Lena Lybæk at HBV's Institute for Human Rights, religion and social sciences.
- Meticulous, feasible and independent
Joakim Lie hopes that the scholarships will attract applicants who nourish thorough, feasible and independent research projects of high quality. He stresses that The Freedom of Expression Foundation wants to give students and academics at HBV much responsibility, in determining the framing and questions of the individual research projects, within the general guidelines of the scholarship scheme. For this reason, the academics at the faculty will assess the applications received, and subsequently submit their recommendations to The Freedom of Expression Foundation.