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Attracted by HiOA's ambitions

Weiqin Chen decided to move to Oslo in 2011 to work at HiOA partly because of love and partly because of the college’s lofty ambitions to achieve university status.

Portrait of professor Weiqin Chen

Close to nature

Weiqin Chen has a busy schedule at HiOA as a professor in human-computer interaction/universal design and academic coordinator of a new Master’s programme. But the young 40-something has  found time to immerse herself in the Norwegian crime literature of Gunnar Staalesen and Jo Nesbø, swim off the Oslo fjord islands, volunteer to walk dogs at an animal sanctuary farm in Klemetsrud, and stroll the pocket parks with her Norwegian husband in their trendy urban neighbourhood of Torshov.

“Oslo is so close to nature,” says Chen, a PhD graduate in computer science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. “You can take the train to ski, boats to the islands, and buses to the beach.”

Beijing-Osaka-Oslo

Chen left her post as a research associate at Osaka University in  Japan for a job at the University in Bergen more than a decade ago. She decided to move to Oslo in 2011 to work at HiOA partly because of love and partly because of the college’s lofty ambitions to achieve university status. She was further thrilled to find out that  the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design had ambitions to have its own PhD programme.

“In the department of computer science we have this exciting Master’s programme in universal design of ICT and a research group  with nice people and many interesting projects,” says Chen. “Recently we were invited to be part of an EU Erasmus+ project proposal.”

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