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UiT The Arctic University of Norway The University of Tromsø merged 1st August 2013 with the University College of Finnmark and became UiT The Arctic University of Norway. UIT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and … [+] which the University of Tromsø takes a special interest in. At UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective. Knowlege on top of the world Life in the High North is shaped by wild nature, contrasting light and weather conditions, geographic distances and multiculturalism. Many of UiT´s research centres and study programmes reflect the specific character of Arctic Norway. UiT´s key research focuses on the polar environment, climate research, indigenous people, peace and conflict transformation, telemedicine, medical biology, space physics, fishery science, marine bioprospecting, linguistics and computational chemistry. UiT´s Centre for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, CASTL, and CTCC, Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, have both been designated Norwegian Centres of Excellence. In 2002 the Tromsø-based NST, Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, was appointed a World Health Organization Collaboration Centre. The ARCTOS network at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, is a leader in research on marine arctic ecosystems and an important partner of the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. The Department of Physics focuses on northern lights and space research. All these institutes are of high international reputation. The university is part of the FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (Fram Centre) in Tromsø. Every January the international conference Arctic Frontiers invites researchers, politicians and business representatives to discuss Arctic issues across disciplinary borders. The Secretariat of the Arctic Council is located at the Fram Centre. Researchers from the University and Fram Center are involved in several international programmes of the Arctic Council. An international hub 12000 students and 2700 staff study and work at the University of Tromsø. Teaching is research-based. UiT´s seven faculties offer, in spite of a dedication to Northern issues, a broad range of study programmes. The academic community in Tromsø is highly international. More than 20% of the academic staff and 10% of the student body are from abroad. The University offers more than 20 English taught master´s degree programmes, and all faculties offer English taught courses at both bachelor’s and master’s level. UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a founding member of the University of the Arctic, an international network of 140 study and research institutions of the circumpolar region. But the University cooperates with all parts of the world. 200 international agreements secure an active academic exchange of students and staff with partner institutions worldwide. On the 1st January 2009, the University of Tromsø merged with the University College of Tromsø. On 1st August 2013, the University merged with the University College of Finnmark. The new university has now four campuses. They are located in Tromsø, Alta, Hammerfest and Kirkenes. The number of students and study programmes increases due to this merger. The new university has become an even more important driving force for Northern Norway and international cooperation in the High North.
About USN The University College of Southeast Norway (USN) is the country’s second largest state-owned university college, measured in the total number of students, and larger than several of Norway’s universities. USN is headed by Rector Petter Aasen. The rector reports to USN's Board, which is chaired by Professor Rune Nilsen. We have around 18,000 students and 1,500 staff, spread over eight campuses: Drammen, Vestfold, Kongsberg, Ringerike, Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and … [+] Rauland. The University College of Southeast Norway aims to have a regional foundation, and with eight campuses, we have a strong and clear presence in one of Norway’s most exciting and dynamic regions. The University College of Southeast Norway was established on 1 January 2016, when Buskerud and Vestfold University College merged with Telemark University College. The University College of Southeast Norway is an accredited higher education institution. The controlling authority for higher education institutions in Norway is NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). Organization The University College of Southeast-Norway (USN) was established on the 1st of January 2016, as a merger between The University College of Buskerud and Vestfold (HBV) and The University College of Telemark (HiT). USN has eight campuses spread throughout the counties of Buskerud, Vestfold, and Telemark.
University studies both at home and abroad Bjørknes has in recent years established itself as a provider of university education in Norway. In 2006, Bjørknes College started to offer a number of university courses in Oslo with ECTS credits. They are approved by Norwegian quality assurance authorities and students attending the programs are entitled to funding through the State Educational Loan Fund in Norway. These courses are as following: * Practical Philosophy (30 E… [+] CTS credits) * Media and Communications (60 ECTS credits) * Medical Foundation Year (60 ECTS credits) * Peace and Conflict studies (60 ECT credits) In addition to the above programs, Bjørknes College has since 1999 also offered a suite of bi-national educational programs in cooperation with universities abroad. These unique programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, offer students the opportunity to take the first year (for bachelor students) or first semester (for master students) of their university studies at Bjørknes in Oslo before transferring to their university abroad for the remainder of their studies. The programs have been met with considerable success, and students are able to choose from a range of options at the Bachelor's level (Physiotherapy, Nursing, and Communications) as well as Peace and Conflict Studies and International Studies at a graduate level. In these masters programs, Bjørknes College has chosen to engage The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) in the development of the Oslo semester modules and the teaching of these. In this way, these innovative and exciting programs bring together academics at the forefront of international relations, international studies and peace and conflict research from both sides of the globe. Since all courses are taught in English, these prestigious programs have attracted interest from students worldwide, and applicants apply from Australia, France, Portugal, Germany, Mexico, Canada, UK, and the US. Indeed, during the former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik's visit to Australia in 2005, he took the time to meet Bjørknes students completing their program in Canberra.