Many university colleges and universities have merged with effect from 1 January 2016. The objective of these structural changes is to improve quality in higher education and research.
'The map of the university and university college sector is being redrawn. The mergers we are now seeing pave the way for improved quality in higher education and research, which is crucial if Norway is to succeed with the reorganisation that will be required in the years to come,' says Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
Changes in the Norwegian university and university college sector from 1 January 2016
University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. Merger between the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway, Harstad University College and Narvik University College.
Nord University. Merger between the University of Nordland, Nord-Trøndelag University College and Nesna University College.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Merger between NTNU, Gjøvik University College, Sør-Trøndelag University College and Ålesund University College.
University College of Southeast Norway. Merger between Buskerud and Vestfold University College and Telemark University College.
VID Specialised University. Merger between the private institutions Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Betanien University College, Diakonhjemmet University College and the School of Mission and Theology.