Norway’s Seventh University Opens in September

14.08.2007
In a cabinet meeting on 10 August 2007, Agder University College will achieve University status and become the seventh university in Norway. The decision will be effective from 1 September 2007.
– This university will have an interesting portfolio; compared to Norway’s traditional universities, it offers several new and exciting subjects of study, the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Øystein Djupedal, says.

Agder University College applied for University status in December 2005. NOKUT – The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education – carried out an expert evaluation and reached a positive conclusion in May 2007.

One of the main criteria for achieving University status is that the institution must offer approved research education within four or more disciplines. Agder University College already organises PhD-studies within the following five disciplines: Nordic Linguistics & Literature; Mathematics Didactics: International Economy & Management; Mobile Communication Systems and Religion and Ethics & Society studies.

Agder University College is located in Kristiansand, Grimstad and Arendal. In 2006 the University College had 8 020 registered students and 810 employees.
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