The University of Agder (UiA) is situated on the southern tip of Norway and has locations on two campuses, Kristiansand and Grimstad. The university has approximately 9000 students and 1000 academic and administrative staff members. It is one of the newest universities in Norway, but its history goes back to 1839. The University of Agder is a public institution mandated to provide higher education, conduct research and development, disseminate knowledge and contribute to the development of society. Research is the foundadtion of all activities at UiA. Research projects are connected to the faculties and cover a variety of disciplines. Close to 300 of the university's academic staff are professors or associate professors. The profile reflects important characteristics of new European universities that are regionally embedded, engaged in innovative activities and groundbreaking in their use of pedagogical tools and methods. The university is focused on regional, national and international cooperation. UiA offers 10 PhD programmes, 22 master's programmes and about 45 bachelor's programmes. Semester and one-year programmes, as well as lifelong learning courses, are also available. There are five faculties: Economics and Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, Engineering and Science, Health and Sport Sciences and Fine Arts, as well as a Teacher Education Unit which is organized inter-disciplinarily. Internationally, UiA cooperates with over 175 partner institutions through student, faculty and staff exchange. The university has fulfilled the requirements of the Bologna Process by adopting the Bologna degree structure, implementing the European Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (ECTS system), increasing continuous evaluation, increasing internationalization, introducing individual education plans and establishing a comprehensive quality assurance system. UiA is the only Higher Education Institution in Norway to have been awarded both the ECTS and DS labels by the European Commission.
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