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History of the University of Agder

The University of Agder is Norway's newest university, but its roots span 170 years of history. To learn more about our history, you can watch the video and read through the timeline below.

History timeline

1828

Kristiansand Museum founded

1839

The Teacher Training School established at Holt rectory

1877

The School moves to Kristiansand – becomes Kristiansand Teacher Training College (KLH)

1920

The nursing school starts in Arendal, later the College of Nursing

1960

Rector Halvor Vegard Hauge launches the idea of an Agder University

1962

Agder Academy founded

1962-1979

"University Education in Kristiansand" UVIK, a satellite of UiO.

1963

"The University Committee for the South Country" formed by the Academy and Museum

1965-70

Agder Music Conservatorium (AMK) starts at Kristiansand Music School

1966

"The Committe for an Economics College in Kristiansand"

1967

The South Country Technical School SøTS, later Agder College of Engineering (AIK), founded in Grimstad

1969

Agder College (ADH) established in Kristiansand

1976

West-Agder Nursing School, later College of Nursing, established in Kristiansand

1994

Six Agder Colleges merge into Agder University College (HiA), with locations in Kristiansand, Grimstad and Arendal.

Oddvar Haugland becomes University College Director, Knut Brautaset is elected Rector

1995

The Government decides on a new HiA campus at Gimlemoen

1998

Minister of Education Jon Lilletun appoints the Mjøs Committe to make recommendations about higher education after 2000

2000

The Mjøs Committee recommend unanimously that colleges can qualify for university status.

Ernst Håkon Jahr becomes Rector in August

2001

Parliament decides unanimously on the criteria for university status.New campus opened at Gimlemoen by the PM Kjell Magne Bondevik

2002

Agder Akademy is reorganised into Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters

2004

HiA has more than 8,300 studentsThe first major EU project with HiA as the main operator

2005

The first defense in HiA's own PhD programme, in Scandinavian linguistics

Application for university status submitted

2006

Agreement with Ugland Real Estate Ltd (?) about constructing a new campus in Grimstad

2007

In June, HiA is accredited as a university

Torunn Lauvdal becomes Rector in August

The government sets 1 September as the date for the university 

Official opening of UiA by HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit on 20 November 

2010

Official opening of the Grimstad campus by HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit

2010-14

Debate and disagreement about a possible merger with Telemark University College. The UiA Board finally decided against a merger

2012

UiA's first five years celebrated with the award of the first six honarary doctorates

2014

First Centre of Excellence in mathematics education

2015

First Centre of Research-Driven Innovation, in Offshore Mechatronics

Tor A. Aagedal steps down as University Director, succeeded by Seunn Smith-Tønnessen

2016

Frank Reichert becomes Rector 1 January

2017

Mechatronics Innovation Lab opened in Grimstad. Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden becomes part of UiA

The 10th anniversary of UiA is celebrated with a huge performance at Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand

Five new honorary doctorates awarded

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