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About Nordman Network

The network provides activities such as students mobility and teachers mobility as well as common intensive one week courses and seminars for teachers. These activities are carried out with support from the Nordplus programme.

The annual network meeting takes place in September/October in two days and on the agenda is planning and evaluating the activities in network. One partner school is hosting the meeting and presents the school and arranges a cultural program.         


From contact, you can find cooperation partners of the Nordman network.


Map over the eight institutes of higher education of the Norman network.


The Network Coordinator supports the network collaboration, including responsibility for the annual applications, allocate mobility grants and regularly report the network's activities.

Åke Lennander, Mälardalen University, takes over as Network Coordinator in 2018 from Marjo Palovaara.


Åke Lennander, Mälardalen University


The Nordman network started in 1995 by six Nordic partners. Two further schools became partners in 1999; Viborg Nursing School in Denmark and Åland Polytechnic (today: Åland University of Applied Sciences). In 2007 the network expanded when Tartu School of Health Care (today:Tartu Health Care College) in Estonia entered.

In 2011 Sophiahemmet University College and Ersta Sköndal University College, both in Stockholm, Sweden as well as Nursing Scool in Slagelse (Sealand University College, Denmark) decided to exit the network. Later in 2012, University of Agder also left Nordman Network. Dalarna Univisity Collage joined in 2013 and exited in 2015. Lithuania University of Health Sciences and Riga Stradins University both joined in 2012. The network currently has seven partner institutions.

Twelve courses have been carried out so far, with ten of the courses have been intensive courses for both students and teachers and two courses were educational teacher seminars. 

A critical review of the Nordman network's first ten years, 1995-2004, was carried out both in 2005 (as a report) and in 2008 (as an article).

Article: Visible, Invisible and Made Visible - Ten Years in a Nordic Network in Nursing Education

Report: Idea, Ambition and Reality

Presentation: A Nordic Baltic Network: a collaboration within Nursing and Healthcare Eduction since 1994



Nordplus Funding

To finance the Nordman network activities, a detailed application to the Nordplus Framework Programme is required.

Description of the Nordplus programme

The Nordplus Framework Programme supports collaboration, student and teacher exchange and networking for developing innovative projects . For each academic year there is a description of the Nordplus program, written by the Nordic Council of Ministers, which describes the following:

  • Network
  • Teacher and student exchange - practical information
  • Intensive courses

The main aims of the Nordplus Framework Programme

The main aims of the Nordplus programme are (from the Nordplus handbook):

  • To promote Nordic languages and culture and mutual Nordic-Baltic linguistic and cultural understanding.
  • To contribute to the development of quality and innovation in the educational systems, for lifelong learning: educational cooperation, development projects, exchanges, networks.
  • To support, develop, draw benefit from and disseminate innovative products and processes in education through the systematic exchange of experiences and best practice.
  • To strengthen and develop Nordic educational cooperation and contribute to the establishment of a Nordic-Baltic educational area


List of previous Network Coordinators in Nordman Network:

2012 – 2017

Marjo Palovaara, was Network Coordinator 2012 - 2017 from Åke Lennander. Coordinating institution was: JAMK Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences


2004 – 2011

Åke Lennander, Lecturer in Health Care Education, Mälardalen University, was coordinator for eight  years. Coordinating institution was; Mälardalens högskola/Mälardalen University


2002 – 2003

Elsebeth Larsen, Former Lecturer, Nursing School in Viborg, was coordinator for two years. Coordinating institution was; Viborg sygeplejeskole/Nursing school in Viborg, Denmark. Today: VIA University College

1995 -  2001


Hannu Ryynänen, Senior Lecturer, Jyväskylä Polytechnic, was coordinator from the start of Nordman network in 1995 and kept on for seven years. Coordinating institution was; Jyväskylän Ammattikorkeakoulu/Jyväskylä Polytechnic/Jyväskylä Yrkeshögskola, Finland.  Today: JAMK, Jyväskylän Ammattikorkeakoulu/JAMK University of Applied Sciences