Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
|Høgskolen på vestlandet|
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norwegian: Høgskolen på vestlandet or HVL) is a Norwegian public institution of higher education, established in January 2017 through the merging of formerly independent colleges across five campuses: Bergen, Førde, Haugesund, Sogndal and Stord. Its oldest programs - teacher education in Stord - can be traced to 1839. The total number of students is about 16000, and there are 750 academic and administrative staff. Its main campus is in the Kronstad neighborhood of Bergen, Norway.
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences provides professional education within health and social sciences, engineering, economic and administrative science, music and teaching. It offers education on the Bachelor and Master levels, continuing education, and on the Doctoral (PhD) level.
In June, 2016, after more than one year of negotiations, the executive leadership of three west Norwegian higher education institutions – Bergen University College, Stord/Haugesund University College, and Sogn og Fjordane University College – officially announced their decision to merge, becoming one of Norway's largest state higher education institutions. From 2017, the English name is Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
The college is organised in three faculties:
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering and Economics
- Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
HiB emphasizes professional studies, but also offers postgraduate programs through the doctoral level in some fields, and currently has six research centers  to support its specialized postgraduate programs, providing opportunities for PhD research:
- Center for Evidence Based Practice
- Center for Arts, Culture, and Communication
- Center of Innovation
- Center for Care Research, West Norway
- Center for Educational Research
- Centre for New Media