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University of Agder

University of Agder
Universitetet i Agder
Established 2007 (1994, 1839)
Type Public university
Rector Torunn Lauvdal (2007-)
Administrative staff
Students 11000
Location Kristiansand & Grimstad, Norway
Campus Gimlemoen
Campus Gimlemoen, located in Kristiansand.
Campus Grimstad, main entrance
Full university logo including official typography.

University of Agder (Norwegian: Universitetet i Agder) is a public university with campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad, Norway. The institution was established as a university college in 1994 with the merger of six colleges and was granted its current status as a university in 2007, but its academic activity dates as far back as 1839. It is one of eight universities in Norway; the other seven are the University of Oslo, the University of Tromsø, the University of Stavanger, the University of Bergen, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and the University of Nordland in Bodø.


  • History 1
  • Organisation and administration 2
  • Faculties and Academia 3
    • Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences 3.1
    • Faculty of Fine Arts 3.2
    • Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences 3.3
    • Faculty of Humanities and Education 3.4
    • Faculty of Engineering and Science 3.5
    • Teacher Education 3.6
  • Research Centres 4
  • Library 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The idea of a university in the Agder region is not completely new. In his short period as ruler of the union of Denmark–Norway, Johann Friedrich Struensee planned on reforming the University of Copenhagen. He gave Bishop Johann Ernst Gunnerus of Trondheim the task of developing more detailed plans. Gunnerus presented a proposal in 1771 in which he suggested establishing a new university in Norway, and placing it in Kristiansand.

The motives for suggesting Kristiansand as a university town have been debated. Regardless, the idea was soon discarded as planning began for the first Norwegian university. In 1811, a resolution was passed to establish Norway's first university in Christiania (Oslo).

Even without a university in the region, and as the need for better educated employees rose, several smaller colleges were established throughout the Agder region. The first, Kristiansand Teacher Training College was originally founded at Holt, Aust-Agder in 1839, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Norway. It was followed by Arendal College of Nursing (1920), Agder Music Conservatory (1965), Agder Regional College of Technology (1967), Agder Regional College (1969) and Kristiansand College of Nursing (1976).

Agder University College was established by a merger in 1994, when the six public regional colleges in the Agder counties became one institution. The University College received full university accreditation and became the University of Agder on 1 September 2007. In 2015, the University of Agder has approximately 11,000 students and 1,100 employees.

Organisation and administration

UiA has a shared leadership. The dean is elected by the students and members of staff and faculty, who becomes the head of the university board, and is responsible for the academic programmes and activities. The university director is the head of administration, and is responsible for all economic and administrative affairs.

Faculties and Academia

The University of Agder has six faculties as well as an own unit fior teacher education.

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

  • School of Business and Law (from 1 Jan 2014) (University of Agder)[1]
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (from 1 Jan 2014) (University of Agder)[2]
  • Department of Economics and Business Administration (Gimlemoen)[29]
  • Department of Development Studies (Gimlemoen)[30]
  • Department of Information Systems [31]
  • Department of Political Science and Management (Gimlemoen)[32]
  • Department of Sociology, Social Work and Welfare Studies (Gimlemoen)[33]
  • Department of Working Life and Innovation (Gimlemoen)[34]

Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Department of Music (Gimlemoen)[35]
  • Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (Gimlemoen)[36]

Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences

  • Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)[37]
  • Department of Health and Nursing Science (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)[38]
  • Department of Psychososial Health (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)[39]

Faculty of Humanities and Education

  • Department of Foreign Languages and Translation (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)[40]
  • Department of Nordic and Media Studies (Gimlemoen)[41]
  • Department of Education (Gimlemoen)[42]
  • Department of Religion, Philosophy and History (Gimlemoen)[43]

Faculty of Engineering and Science

  • Department of Mathematical Sciences (Gimlemoen)[44]
  • Department of Natural Sciences (Gimlemoen)[45]
  • Department of Engineering (Grimstad)[46]
  • Department of ICT (Grimstad) [47]

Teacher Education

The teacher training programmes are organized in an interdisciplinary fashion.[48]

Research Centres

  • Achieving Accountability in School Practice [49]
  • Centre for Business Systems
  • Centre for Care Research
  • Centre for Cultural Studies
  • Centre for Development Studies [50]
  • Centre for Didactics
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Centre for European Studies [51]
  • Centre for Gender Equality
  • Centre for Innovation and Work Life Studies
  • Centre for International Economics and Shipping [52]
  • Centre for Multicultural Activities [53]
  • Centre for Norwegian Studies Abroad [54]
  • Centre for Real Estate
  • Center for Sustainable Energy Solutions [55]
  • Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) [56]


Agder University Research Archive (AURA) is a full text digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder. The University Library administrates AURA.


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External links

  • University of Agder
  • AURA - Agder University Research Archive
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