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The department of political science and management at UiA is an academic community of approximately 400 students, 20 employees and two research groups. The department’s academic profile is based on political science, organization theory and management, yet it is uniquely characterized by its expertise in multi-level governance and European integration. Its study programmes cover all levels of higher education, and include teaching offered in Norwegian and English. The department has particularly strong links to the surrounding region and plays an important role in the regional development and innovation.

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The department’s research in political science and public management is characterized by two specializations: one in European Union politics, with emphasis on the dynamics of its multi-level administrative system, and the other in leadership of public institutions, and their interaction with non-public institutions. The research is conducted in two research groups, both having expertise on selected policies and sectors such as higher education and health care. Both groups contribute to the Department's working papers series with pre-prints of articles, book chapters and reports.  With topics related to digitalization of public sector, both research groups work in close collaboration with CeDIT, Centre for Digital Transformation at UiA.

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Our selection of study programmes is comprehensive: we offer bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes, a multidisciplinary international joint master’s programme, adult/continuing education and an international summer school. We invest in equipping all our students with the necessary skills to become successful and influential, may their career aspirations be in academia, politics, public administration or business. The evaluation of political science programmes in Norway (NFR, 2018) pointed out that our students are highly satisfied, rating their satisfaction levels for both the physical and academic environment above national averages. (To browse our studies offered in Norwegian language, please change the language of this page to Norwegian.)

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