University of Agder

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Coordinates: 58°9′46.82″N 8°0′11.6″E / 58.1630056°N 8.003222°E / 58.1630056; 8.003222

The University of Agder (Norwegian: Universitetet i Agder), formerly known as Agder College and Agder University College, is a public university with campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad, Norway. The institution was established as a university college (høgskole) in 1994 through the merger of the Agder University College and five other colleges, including a technical college and a nursing school, and was granted the status of a full university in 2007.

University of Agder
Universitetet i Agder
University of Agder logo.png
TypePublic university
Established2007 (1994, 1839)
RectorSunniva Whittaker
Total staff
Students14,215 (2021)[2]
Panorama view of Gimlemoen.
Campus Gimlemoen, located in Kristiansand.
Campus Grimstad, main entrance


The idea of a university in the Agder region is not completely new. In his short period as ruler of the union of Denmark–Norway, Johann Friedrich Struensee planned on reforming the University of Copenhagen. He gave Bishop Johann Ernst Gunnerus of Trondheim the task of developing more detailed plans. Gunnerus presented a proposal in 1771 in which he suggested establishing a new university in Norway, and placing it in Kristiansand.

The motives for suggesting Kristiansand as a university town have been debated. Regardless, the idea was soon discarded as planning began for the first Norwegian university. In 1811, a resolution was passed to establish Norway's first university in Christiania (Oslo).

Even without a university in the region, and as the need for better educated employees rose, several smaller colleges were established throughout the Agder region. The first, Christiansands Stiftsseminarium på Holt, later known as Kristiansand Teacher Training College, was founded at Holt, Aust-Agder in 1839, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Norway. It was followed by Arendal College of Nursing (1920), Agder Music Conservatory (1965), Agder Regional College of Technology (1967), Agder Regional College (1969) and Kristiansand College of Nursing (1976).[3]

Agder University College was established by a merger in 1994, when the six public regional colleges in the Agder counties became one institution. The University College received full university accreditation and became the University of Agder on 1 September 2007.

Organisation and administrationEdit

UiA has a shared leadership. The rector, who becomes the head of the university board and bears responsibility for the academic programmes and activities, is elected by the faculty, staff, and students. The university director, by contrast, is the head of administration and is responsible for financial and administrative affairs.

Faculties and academiaEdit

The University of Agder has six faculties as well as an own unit for teacher education.

School of Business and LawEdit

  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Working Life and Innovation
  • Department of Law

The School of Business and Law is a member of the EFMD and AACSB, and is AACSB-accredited for its high-quality education on an international level as of 2019.[4]

Faculty of Social SciencesEdit

Faculty of Fine ArtsEdit

Faculty of Health and Sport SciencesEdit

Faculty of Humanities and EducationEdit

Faculty of Engineering and ScienceEdit

Teacher Education UnitEdit

The teacher training programmes are organized in an interdisciplinary fashion.Teacher Education - University of Agder

Research centresEdit


Agder University Research Archive (AURA) is a full text digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder. The University Library administrates AURA.


  1. ^ "University of Agder Employees". Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  2. ^ "University of Agder History and key figures". Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  3. ^ "Our history - Universitetet i Agder". Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  4. ^ "University of Agder School of Business and Law, Accreditations". Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  5. ^ "About the School of Business and Law - University of Agder". Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2014-08-22.

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