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WE ASKED OUR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WHAT THEY ARE PROUD OF

25 things we are especially proud of at the University of Agder

1: We are proud to be

A university growing and developing

The University of Agder is a young university, earning its new status in 2007. We grew fast, and as a university, the amount of applicants through Samordna Opptak has grown with almost 100% since 2007. With 12 000 students, UiA is Norway’s 5th largest university. We are constantly working hard to develop the university further – to preserve our traditions of good teaching and a sense of closeness between the students, employees and the workplace.

A university growing and developing

2: WE ARE PROUD OF HAVING

SATISFIED STUDENTS

The students at the University of Agder have, through many surveys and many years, proved to be among the country’s most satisfied. They really enjoy themselves. They highlight relevant and good educations, competent lecturers, the good terms surrounding the studies, and that the university and student village are “just the right size”.

SATISFIED STUDENTS

3: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

CLOSENESS TO THE PRACTICAL LIFE

The largest study programs at the University are job-oriented, such as nursing, engineering, elementary school teaching, and economics. The academic programs are also closely knit to the practical work life, organizations, cultural institutions, and the social life of Southern Norway. Job-oriented studies and professional studies are close at UiA. That means a shorter road between studies and the practical life.

CLOSENESS TO THE PRACTICAL LIFE

4: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

RESEARCH

The amount of professors and other lecturers with competence is rising. Our scientific employees put in a lot of personal effort to increase their own competence. One result is a great increase in research production – at the same time as we keep our focus on the students and their education: In this context, the production of research and study points makes UiA one of the country’s most effective educational institutions.

RESEARCH

5: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING STUDIES

UiA are the first to introduce education in mechatronics (bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD) and renewable energy (bachelor’s). Southern Norway has world leading actors in offshore technology, who collaborate in developing the studies. The collaboration secures businesses the competence they need, and provides students with relevant education and exciting job opportunities.

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING STUDIES

6: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE

UiA is allotted a Centre for Excellence in Higher Education (SFU): Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching (MatRIC). MatRIC will be a national centre, which will lead innovation and research in teaching and education in mathematics for the natural sciences, engineering, economics and teacher education, and application programs. SFU is a national prestigious arrangement allotted to those who can exhibit excellent quality and innovative training in education.

CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE

7: WE ARE PROUD THAT WE

CREATE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN NORWAY

Nearly 50 percent of those who apply to study at the University of Agder come from other regions, which contributes to higher population figures and competence development. UiA works closely with industries, public businesses and the cities in the region, both to secure a relevant workforce, relevant jobs, and relevant studies.

CREATE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN NORWAY

8: WE ARE PROUD THAT WE PROVIDE

A GOOD START IN A NEW PLACE

The University of Agder is particularly concerned with the fact that a good start is crucial to having a good time in university. Therefore, in collaboration with SiA (Studentskipnaden i Agder), STA (the Student organization in Agder), the board of the buddy system, and the student villages, we put a lot of effort into providing a good buddy system, start-of-studies-festival, startup courses, and specialized services. We wish that our students can continue to be among the country’s most satisfied – and a good start is not a bad beginning.

A GOOD START IN A NEW PLACE

9: WE ARE PROUD THAT WE HAVE

OUR OWN STUDY CENTRE IN GREECE

Since 1993, the University of Agder has offered studies and courses in very special surroundings at the study centre Metochi. Metochi is an annexed monastery on the Greek island Lesbos.

OUR OWN STUDY CENTRE IN GREECE

10: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

SUCCESS WITH WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY

The last decade, the University of Agder has worked closely with NHO (the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) and the region’s industries trades to accommodate the need for more women in technological fields. That has resulted in a record high number of women studying engineering and technology. “Girls and technology is an educational fairytale, that is extremely important to the industry in Norway,” says Kristin Skogen Lund, leader of NHO.

SUCCESS WITH WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY

11: WE ARE PROUD OF

THE CLINIC LAB

“The miniature hospital” at the Grimstad campus is one of Norway’s most modern and innovative educational environment in health-Norway. As a nursing student at Grimstad Campus you get a miniature version of health-Norway at your place of study, with access to the foremost technology in education.

THE CLINIC LAB

12: WE ARE PROUD OF

NORWAY’S MOST FLEXIBLE EDUCATION OF ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Not one university in Norway offer as many options and great flexibility for this kind of education as UiA. We have the opportunity to offer this due to the university’s vast and good academic environment, which is integrated into the teacher educations. Did you know that the teacher educations at UiA date all the way back to 1839? That means that this university have 175 year old roots.

NORWAY’S MOST FLEXIBLE EDUCATION OF ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

13: WE ARE PROUD TO OFFER

THE LATEST NEWS FOR THE FUTURE’S MUSICIANS

The music students at UiA are thriving with the newest of facilities in our studios, scenes and rehearsal rooms. Renowned musicians are lecturers, renowned musicians graduate, and UiA can now offer degrees as high as PhDs in performing rhythmic music.  As the only university offering this in Norway, performing music students can choose to use a laptop as their instrument and work with electronic music.

THE LATEST NEWS FOR THE FUTURE’S MUSICIANS

14: WE ARE PROUD THAT

WE HAVE THE MOST GRADUATING BUSINESS OF COMMERCE STUDENTS OF ALL THE NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITIES

The School of Business and Law at UiA is among the country’s leading business schools, making UiA the university with the most graduating business of commerce students in the country. UiA has offered education in business for 25 years, and a specializing PhD in economy, more specifically International Management, attracts doctoral students from leading institutions both in and outside Norway. The student activity for business students, Mercurius, was named the best in the country, and has an active student environment, which is responsible for Karrieredagen in Kristiansand and the industry conference Norge på nytt.

WE HAVE THE MOST GRADUATING BUSINESS OF COMMERCE STUDENTS OF ALL THE NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITIES

15: WE ARE PROUD THAT

9 OUT OF 10 STUDENTS FIND JOBS QUICKLY

Recent numbers show that nine out of ten students enter the working life quickly and get jobs in the course of four months after graduating. We believe many of our students choose us exactly because our good academic environment, our reputation, and our profile as a vocational university. Many come to us to receive a concrete education that leads to many job opportunities.

9 OUT OF 10 STUDENTS FIND JOBS QUICKLY

16: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

LAB FOR WIND AND OFFSHORE RESEARCH

n the spring of 2015, UiA was allotted a Centre for Excellence in outstanding innovation (SFI) within offshore mechatronic. Mechatronics Innovation Lab (MIL) is a part of the national infrastructure for pilot testing and experimental development of products, systems and services especially within the offshore industry but also within manufacturing and material processing industries. The purpose of establishing MIL is to strengthen Norwegian technology companies’ ability to innovate by offering a variety of required test services which today only exist abroad or do not exist at all. This will reduce the time-to-market when introducing new products and technologies and will, in turn, strengthen the competitiveness of the companies.

LAB FOR WIND AND OFFSHORE RESEARCH

17: WE ARE PROUD OF

OUR ART COLLECTION

UiA owns the largest collection of beat art outside of the US, together with the secondary school Kristiansand Katedralskole Gimle. The art is open to be experienced by students, employees and visitors on a daily basis – as it is a part of the decorations on campus. The beat collection was donated to the university by Reidar Wennesland, a local doctor who had close contact with the art community in San Francisco, as some of the artists’ doctor and beneficiary.

OUR ART COLLECTION

18: WE ARE PROUD OF OUR

EXCHANGE STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Different educations offer different possibilities, and you can study for example economy in China, teaching in the Netherlands, biology in Australia, paramedicine in Greece, technology in Germany, music in Hungary, language in Spain, or nursing in Botswana. We offer exchange programs all over the world with our quality proofed exchange agreements.

EXCHANGE STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

19: WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE

EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE

The UiA campuses are designed after the American campus models, with everything in one place. Short distances, open areas, and many meeting places for students and employees. On campus, you have everything you need as a student: student housing, a book shop, a library, group meeting rooms, study halls, student activity areas, a cafeteria, health services, and a kindergarten for students with children. Both campuses are located central and close to the city and industries, as well as hiking areas and the sea.

EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE

20: WE ARE PROUD TO BE

THE FIRST IN NORWAY TO OFFER DIGITAL EXAMS

The era of paper and pencil exams is ending. UiA is the first university in Norway to offer digital exams on such a large scale. Digital exams came into full force starting in the fall of 2014.

THE FIRST IN NORWAY TO OFFER DIGITAL EXAMS

21: WE ARE PROUD OF

OUR STUDENT CAFETERIA

“All” of our students highlight the cafeteria as the most important meeting area at UiA, and it has been named the country’s best student cafeteria several times. Considering knowledge comes from human contact, we are very committed to creating meeting areas for students – no matter what they study or what year they are in. That is why both campuses have one cafeteria for all the students. Did you know that the cafeteria manager at the Grimstad campus used to be the sous chef at a Michelin star restaurant? Or that the Norwegian champion chef and barista from the student union Norwegian championships both work at the cafeteria in Kristiansand?

OUR STUDENT CAFETERIA

22: WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE

A TOP STUDENT UNION

UiA is fortunate to have such a well-functioning student union. SiA (Studentsamskipnaden i Agder) has proved to be the best, based on national surveys, and works hard to fulfill the vision of contributing to making Southern Norway known for being the best place to study. SiA runs student housing, the student cafeteria, the book shop, the fitness center, health care services, student kindergarten, student activity houses, and other cultural events – like the start-of-study festival.

A TOP STUDENT UNION

23: WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE

OPEN DOORS

We get a little proud when the students say they experience an open door-policy at UiA. We are here for the students. We wish to be an open, informal and future-oriented university. Even though open doors are not something we decree, we place a lot of emphasis on good relations between students and employees.

OPEN DOORS

24: WE ARE PROUD OF

SOUTHERN NORWAY!

Can you even get a better location than that of the Grimstad and Kristiansand campuses? Southern Norway have the highest amount of sunny days in Norway, and you get both sea and nature in close proximity. But just as important is it that Southern Norway is experiencing strong financial growth, being at the top in export and entrepreneurship, and offering exciting occupational prospects. The south is where you get the energy to create.

SOUTHERN NORWAY!

25: WE ARE PROUD OF

OUR STUDENTS

Dear students! We really admire your enthusiasm, spirit, curiosity, and sense of critique. You inspire, challenge, keep us in check and spread joy all around you! Nothing beats January and August, when the campuses are filled with students coming back from Christmas and summer vacation! We really do miss you during vacations – it gets too quiet here without you.

OUR STUDENTS

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

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