University and research
The Agder region is characterised by the innovative spirit found in research communities and education institutions. Central actors within the area are among others the University of Agder (UiA), different private education institutions and research institutes such as Agder Research, Teknova and the Institute of Marine Research Flødevigen.
The University of Agder (UiA) is the fourth largest university in Norway with approximately 9000 students and 1000 employees. UiA offers 14 PhD programmes, 35 master programmes and about 50 bachelor programmes plus a selection of other short time programmes. Several of the PhD and master programmes are taught in English. A particularly relevant course is the European Integration Summer School.
UiA prioritize cooperation, with both public and private bodies, international as well as regional and local. Internationally, the university cooperates with more than 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 ECTS system, increasing continuous evaluation, increasing internationalization, introducing individual education plans and establishing a comprehensive quality assurance system.
In addition to UiA there are several private institutions, such as NLA University College - Gimlekollen offering higher education in journalism, communication and theology.
Agder Research is one of 12 regional research institutions in Norway. The institute provides unique competence in cooperation with partners in the areas of politics, business and education. The socio-economic research institute consists of 31 academic staff members, of which 19 hold PhDs or are working towards their PhD in different fields. Agder Research, in collaboration with UiA and different industrial companies located in the region, has established a new research institute – Teknova. Teknova is a research institute for technology and science and works in close interaction with the innovative trading industry and the university.
Another research station situated in the region is the Institute of Marine Research, Flødevigen. The institute covers a wide range of research in different fields such as coastal zone ecology and mapping of biological resources in the coastal zone. Flødevigen has also been the host of the secretariat of the important international MAR-ECO project, which studied the marine zoology of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Iceland and the Azores.