Kaja Schiotz

  • National expert with 44 years of experience in the field of admission, recognition and policy development 
  • Significant contributions to working groups, expert groups and policy processes for the European Education area, both before, during and after the development and implementation of the Lisbon Convention 
  • Invested in the professional development of experts in the field of admission and recognition through the organization of- and presenting at- countless conferences and seminars through EAIE, NUAS, NAFSA, TAICEP and national arenas in Norway.


  • Senior Adviser for International Relations – The University of Oslo, Faculty of Humanities, 2000-2021 (retired)
  • Head of Norwegian Enic-Naric (NAIC), 1993-1999
  • Deputy Head of International Relations, University of Oslo, 1991-1992
  • Senior executive officer, International Relations, University of Oslo, 1976-1991


  • The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators. (NAFSA)
  • The Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS)
  • European Association for International Education. (EAIE)


  • Union representative at the Faculty of Humanities, 2000 – 2021
  • Employee representative of the Employment board for administrative positions, 2001-2020
  • Member of the Faculty Board, 2001-2010
  • Member of the Employment board for academic positions 2001-2010


  • Member of Ministry of Education expert group tasked with developing and improving the national recognition database (NAG/GAUS), January 2008 – January 2009
  • Member of Ministry of Education expert group (the Brautaset-group) tasked with developing a national policy of admission and recognition of international education in Norway, March 2006 – January 2007                                                                                                             
  • Member of the project group who developed the national recognition database (NAG), 2001-2002
  • Head of SIS (National board for International Affairs), 1997 (founded)–1999
  • Member of NSIS (National Cooperation Board for International Affairs), 1983 (founded) – 1995 (discontinued)   
    Member of «the Nyborg-group», appointed by the Ministry of Church and Education, developing a policy for financing studies abroad for Norwegian students abroad (basis for White Paper 19, 1996-97)
  • Universities’ representative in the Ministry of Church and Education’s expert group for evaluating international teacher educations
  • Member of reference group for «the Flatin-group» «Borderless Learning» – NOU white paper 1989:13


  • The Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS) under the Nordic Council of Ministers:
    • Norwegian representative to the NUAS board “International Admission and Recognition of Qualifications”, 2001 – 2020
    • Norwegian representative in the reference group for a comparative evaluation of the Lisbon Convention vs. the Nordic Sigtuna-agreement, 1999
  • Representative/project leader from UiO in the 3-year EU Erasmus+ KA2 capacity building project Meric-Net, 2016-2019 
  • Norwegian representative in the NARIC-network, under the European Commission, DG XXII, 1993 – 99 
  • Vice President of the Committee for the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (European Treaty Series – No. 165, Lisbon Convention) by the Council of Europe/UNESCO (ENIC-network), 1999-2001
  • Representative appointed to two expert groups, Council of Europe/UNESCO – 
    • Explanatory Memorandum to the subsidiary text to the convention; “Recommendation on the use of qualifications framework in the Recognitions of foreign qualifications”, 1998/1999 
  • Member of the ACE board (Admission and Credential Evaluation), European Association of International Education (EAIE), 1996 – 1999  


  • Cand. mag. (5-year degree) – double major in French and Spanish – University of Oslo (1976)
    • Studies abroad in France/Université de Strasbourg (1971) and Spain/Universidad Complutense, Madrid (1974)
    • US High School/St Mary’s in the Mountains (now White Mountains School), New Hampshire – 1968/69


Kaja Schiøtz on the far right in Fall 1977, pregnant with her first son, working in the Office for Foreign Students.

Kaja Schiøtz speaking out on an unaccredited US institution in Norway in the University of Oslo student newspaper Universitas (Jan. 23, 2008 https://universitas.no/sak/50163/lanekassekluss-i-moss/)

Consortium meeting in the Erasmus+ KA2 capacity building project MERIC-net (Rome 2017), with partners from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Italy, France and Norway.


Kaja Schiøtz indulging in her passion for travel, visiting the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, 2013. 

In all, Kaja has visited well over 100 countries, including Bhutan, Syria (before the civil war), Iran, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Bolivia and Ecuador w/Galapagos Islands. Kaja has visited both the beginning and the end of the Pan-American Highway, from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Visiting the Scottish highlands after the 2015 EAIE Glasgow Conference.

Fishing in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, 2016