The University of Agder (UiA) is situated on the southern tip of Norway and is located on two campuses, in Kristiansand and Grimstad.
The university has 12 000 students and 1200 faculty and staff members. It is one of the youngest universities in Norway, but its history dates back to 1839 when the first teacher training institution in the region was established. It is a public university with state-of-the-art buildings on both campuses. Research is the foundation of all teaching activities at UiA and covers a wide variety of disciplines.
Being a driving force for societal and regional development, the university of Agder has close contact with industry, organisations and cultural institutions. It is an internationally oriented university in a region exposed to strong international competition.
Core values of the University of Agder are: transparency, trust, integrity, generosity and collaboration. These values are reflected in a flat organisational structure which encourages students, lecturers and researchers to interact and inspire each other.
’Agder’ means ’on the edge’ and the name suits the university and the twin counties of Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder in the southern part of the country. As a young university, the University of Agder aims to be on the cutting edge of innovation, education and research.
The university takes very good care of their employees, and understands that it is a big decision to decide to start or continue your career internationally. Therefore they have create a site with all the necessary information needed before and after your arrival in Norway in general and at UiA in particular. Please take a look here for further information
UiA seeks to be an open and inclusive university that is characterized by a culture of cooperation. Knowledge is successfully co-created when staff, students and the larger community challenge each other.
UiA wishes to further develop education and research at a high international level. Knowledge development will take place in a field of tension between close cooperation and critical distance. Together with the larger community, UiA will develop new methods for internal and external cooperation.
Regional, national and global cooperation set up new perspectives and solutions for the society of the future, and UiA is to be a driving force for developing society, culture, and industry and commerce.
The University of Agder has two campuses, Campus Kristiansand and Campus Grimstad. In total more than 12 000 students and almost 1200 staff members have the two campuses as their work place.
The Kristiansand campus buildings are enclosed by park grounds and have a sleek, contemporary design. The campus is close to recreational areas and in walking distance of the city centre. The sport facilities are very good, with a training centre on campus and a lot of outdoor options.
The top-notch facilities at Campus Grimstad include a media production studio, a simulated hospital, advanced laboratories and a smart house for technology testing. Classroom and auditorium facilities on both campuses are designed for use by large and small groups of students, resulting in a versatile environment and an intimate study atmosphere.