University of Akureyri
|University of Akureyri|
|Háskólinn á Akureyri|
|Established||September 5, 1987|
|Chancellor||Stefán B. Sigurðsson|
|Admin. staff||ca. 300|
|Students||ca. 1,400 (August 2007)|
|Undergraduates||ca. 1,100 (August 2007)|
|Postgraduates||ca. 300 (August 2007)|
The University of Akureyri (Icelandic: Háskólinn á Akureyri) is a young institution, founded on September 5, 1987 in the city of Akureyri in the north part of Iceland. It has grown since then, especially in the last few years as more facilities have been established. 1,382 students attended the university in the autumn semester of 2007, around 450 of them doing so through distance education, making the university the largest provider of distance education in the country. Also, the enrollment at the University of Akureyri makes up 9% of the entire university enrollment in Iceland.
In 1988, the library was officially added to the school. Two months after the library was added, the Student Center opened. The first class to graduate graduated in 1989, and consisted of 10 industrial management students. On January 4, 1990, the Faculty of Fisheries was established. The first master's degree students graduated February 26, 2000. These students pursued a master's degree in nursing. A new chancellor took over from Þorsteinn Gunnarsson in the 1.st of July 2009. His name is Stefán B. Sigurðsson.
The university has one campus in a greenfield area south of Borgarbraut street, a little more than a kilometre west of downtown Akureyri. The main building, called Sólborg is a series of interconnected sections built in numerous phases since 1967. A new research and development building called Borgir was opened in 2004.
Since autumn 2006, the university has the following faculties:
- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (Félagsvísinda- og lagadeild)*
- Faculty of Health Sciences (Heilbrigðisdeild)
- Faculty of Education (Kennaradeild)*
- Faculty of Business and Natural Science (Viðskipta- og raunvísindadeild)
* On 1 August 2008, the faculty of law and social science has been merged with the faculty of education to form a faculty of humanities and social sciences (Hug- og Félagsvísindadeild). However, in this merger the semester 2008-2009 was only merge in the name.
Most research is done by academic members of the staff in the university's Research and Development Center. In addition, there are four other research institutes:
- University of Akureyri Food Centre
- The Icelandic Tourism Research Centre
- The Institute of Health Science Research, University of Akureyri
- School Development Centre of UNAK's Faculty of Education
Staff members are encouraged to publish their research. Three books are out that are written by staff members. They are Andas Arfur (Educational Heritage), Lexia (Dyslexia), and Leitin Lifandi (Will to Know).
 External Relations
 International Students
Each year the school receives more exchange students. These students come through one of four exchange programs:
- Bilateral agreement between universities
Students can come as guest students. This occurs when a student attends the university for a short period of time, but there is no formal co-operation between universities. Not only do students travel, but so do teachers. Through the Erasmus program, teachers have traveled to co-operating universities and given lectures. This exchange of teachers has taken place in many countries including: the United Kingdom, Denmark, Latvia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, and France.
 RES - The School for Renewable Energy Science
University of Akureyri and University of Iceland is cooperating with RES - The School for Renewable Energy Science, an international graduate school located in Akureyri. The school is a higher education institution offering a one-year English language M.Sc. in various renewable energy technologies. The graduate school is housed at the university's campus.
- Official Website (in Icelandic and English)