Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

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Coordinates: 60°22′09″N 5°20′58″E / 60.3691°N 5.3495°E / 60.3691; 5.3495

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Høgskolen på Vestlandet
TypeUniversity College
Established2017 (1839)
RectorBerit Rokne
Administrative staff

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 1800 academic and administrative staff.[1] 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. Around 2700 candidates are graduated from HVL every year.

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.[2][3]

The first and current headmaster of the University College is professor Berit Rokne.


The college is organised in four faculties:[4]

  • Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports
  • Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration and Social Siences


HVL emphasizes professional studies, but also offers postgraduate programs through the doctoral level in some fields, and currently has ten research centers [4] to support its specialized postgraduate programs, providing opportunities for PhD research:

  • Centre for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Centre for Arts, Culture, and Communication
  • The Mohn Centre of Innovation and Regional Development
  • Centre for Care Research, Western Norway
  • Centre for Educational Research
  • KINDknow - Kindergarten Knowledge Centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures
  • The Centre for Health Research
  • The Norwegian National Centre for Food, Health and Physical Activity
  • Centre for Creativities, Arts and Science in Education
  • Maritime Research Centre

There is also a Centre for New Media.

Norwegian diver school[edit]

The Norwegian diver school (Norwegian: Statens dykkerskole) was a public diving school for professional divers located in Gravdal, Bergen, Norway. Established in 1980, it was merged and became part of Bergen University College (now part of the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) in 2005.[5][6] The diving school is a part of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, and is located in Skålevik, approximately 15 kilometers from Bergen city centre.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.hvl.no/en/about/
  2. ^ Mathiesen, Forfattar Marianne (2016-05-27). "Går for Høgskulen på Vestlandet". Fusjonsinfo. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  3. ^ "Bergen University College is merging". hib.no. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  4. ^ a b http://www.hib.no/en/english/english/faculties/
  5. ^ "Dykkerhistorie" (in Norwegian). Bergen University College. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.nsd.uib.no/polsys/data/en/forvaltning/enhet/21799 NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data

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