From January 1 2017, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University
College and Stord/Haugesund University College have merged to form Western
Norway University of Applied Sciences.
With about 16,000 students, the new institution is one of the largest higher education
institutions in Norway. The new institution offers a broad range of academic
programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels. The ambition is to build
stronger and more solid academic and research environments who will interact
nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a visible actor on the
international higher education arena through increased international cooperation and
engagement in externally funded projects within education aneducation
Students at undergraduate and postgraduate level have access to high quality
exchange opportunities abroad and staff-mobility is be encouraged.
Because of the merger, a process of renegotiating all international agreements will
start from 2017 as part of an assessment of existing international links and
cooperation in the new institution.