University of Agder
|University of Agder|
|Universitetet i Agder|
|Established||2007 (1994, 1839)|
|Rector||Torunn Lauvdal (2007)|
|Location||Kristiansand & Grimstad, Norway|
University of Agder (Norwegian: Universitetet i Agder) is a public university with campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad, Norway. The institution was established as a university college in 1994 with the merger of six colleges and was granted its current status as a university in 2007, but its academic activity dates as far back as 1839. It is one of eight universities in Norway; the other seven are the University of Oslo, the University of Tromsø, the University of Stavanger, the University of Bergen, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and the University of Nordland in Bodø.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Organisation and administration
- 4 Faculties and Academia
- 5 Research Centres
- 6 Library
- 7 External links
The idea of a university in the Agder region is not completely new. In his short period as ruler of the union of Denmark–Norway, Johann Friedrich Struensee planned on reforming the University of Copenhagen. He gave Bishop Johann Ernst Gunnerus of Trondheim the task of developing more detailed plans. Gunnerus presented a proposal in 1771 in which he suggested establishing a new university in Norway, and placing it in Kristiansand.
The motives for suggesting Kristiansand as a university town have been debated. Regardless, the idea was soon discarded as planning began for the first Norwegian university. In 1811, a resolution was passed to establish Norway's first university in Christiania (Oslo).
Even without a university in the region, and as the need for better educated employees rose, several smaller colleges were established throughout the Agder region. The first, Kristiansand Teacher Training College was originally founded at Holt, Aust-Agder in 1839, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Norway. It was followed by Arendal College of Nursing (1920), Agder Music Conservatory (1965), Agder Regional College of Technology (1967), Agder Regional College (1969) and Kristiansand College of Nursing (1976).
Agder University College was established by a merger in 1994, when the six public regional colleges in the Agder counties became one institution. The University College received full university accreditation and became the University of Agder on 1 September 2007. In 2009, the University of Agder has approximately 8,000 students, 1000 employees and an annual budget of about 800 million NOK (140 Million Us$).
Today, the process of consolidating the University continues. In 2010 the University's activities in Aust Agder (Grimstad and Arendal) will merge onto UiA's new campus in Televeien in Grimstad, and activities in Kristiansand will be concentrated on the campus at Gimlemoen.
The university's central administration and Faculty of Humanities and Education are located on the Gimlemoen campus. In addition, the Faculties of Economics and Social Sciences, Fine Arts and Health and Sport, and the departments of natural sciences and mathematical sciences (Faculty of Engineering and Science), have most of their programmes and activities here.
The campus of Grimstad is brand new and was opened the fall of 2010 and serves 2500 engineering, nursing and teacher education students.
Organisation and administration
UiA has a shared leadership. The dean is elected by the students and members of staff and faculty, who becomes the head of the university board, and is responsible for the academic programmes and activities. The university director is the head of administration, and is responsible for all economic and administrative affairs.
Faculties and Academia
The University of Agder has five faculties and offers over 175 study programmes including 20 Master programmes and 7 PhD programmes.
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
- Department of Economics and Business Administration (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Development Studies (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Information Systems 
- Department of Political Science and Management (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Sociology, Social Work and Welfare Studies (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Working Life and Innovation (Gimlemoen)
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences
- Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
- Department of Health and Nursing Science (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
- Department of Psychososial Health (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
Faculty of Humanities and Education
- Department of Foreign Languages and Translation (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
- Department of Nordic and Media Studies (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Education (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Religion, Philosophy and History (Gimlemoen)
Faculty of Engineering and Science
- Department of Mathematical Sciences (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Natural Sciences (Gimlemoen)
- Department of Engineering (Grimstad)
- Department of ICT (Grimstad) 
The teacher training programmes are organized in an interdisciplinary fashion.
- Achieving Accountability in School Practice 
- Centre for Business Systems
- Centre for Care Research
- Centre for Cultural Studies
- Centre for Development Studies 
- Centre for Didactics
- Centre for Entrepreneurship
- Centre for European Studies 
- Centre for Gender Equality
- Centre for Innovation and Work Life Studies
- Centre for International Economics and Shipping 
- Centre for Multicultural Activities 
- Centre for Norwegian Studies Abroad 
- Centre for Real Estate
- Center for Sustainable Energy Solutions 
- Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) 
Agder University Research Archive (AURA) is a full text digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder. The University Library administrates AURA.