Stord/Haugesund University College

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Stord/Haugesund University College
Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund
Established 1994
Type State College
Rector Liv Reidun Grimstvedt
Admin. staff 260
Students 2700
Location Haugesund, Stord, Norway
Campus Haugesund, Stord
Website www.hsh.no

Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH), Norwegian: Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund) is a medium sized state university college in Norway, with around 2700 students[1] and 260 employees. The university college offers bachelor and master degrees in various fields (including information and communication technology, safety management, health sciences, and marine studies) and courses for professionals. The university college also has several PhD students working in various disciplines. The institution does not have the power to award doctoral degrees which must be awarded by an external institution.

The university college was established in 1994 when the Norwegian college system was restructured and Haugesund Sjukepleierhøgskole (Haugesund Nursing College), Stord Lærarhøgskule (Stord Teachers College) and Stord Sjukepleiarhøgskule (Stord Nursing College) merged. As a result, there are now campuses both in Haugesund and on Stord. The largest campus is located in Haugesund however as the administration is based in Stord, the Stord campus appears first in the name of the institution.

While HSH was formed fairly recently, the history of the founding institutions dates back to 1839 when teachers were educated on Stord. HSH in Haugesund dates back to 1985, when maritime education was offered.[2] The development of HSH continues. Since 2008, HSH has been a partner in UH-nett Vest[3] (Universitets- og høgskolenettet på Vestlandet). This organisation attempts to foster greater cooperation between the participating institutions.

As well as teaching, HSH also has a significant research output. In 2008, HSH recorded 53 publication points,[4] a 49% increase on 2007.

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