Higher Education

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 53–72 | Cite as

The merger of non-university colleges in Norway

  • Svein Kyvik


This article discusses the mergerof 98 vocationally-oriented colleges into 26state colleges in Norway. The mergers, whichtook place in 1994, have in many ways proved tobe a successful reform. The colleges now have more competent administration and professionalleadership, and they have become far morevisible and aquired a higher status. Still,several of the aims of the reform – to improveteaching and research and to make the collegesmore cost-effective – can so far not be saidto have been fulfilled. In addition, manyacademic staff feel that the new colleges havebecome bureaucratised, that the identity of theindividual vocational programmes have beenweakened, and they blame the reform for ageneral retrenchment in financial resources.

implementation of higher education reforms merger non-university colleges Norway Norwegian state colleges vocational higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Svein Kyvik
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  1. 1.Norwegian Institute for Studies in Research and Higher EducationOsloNorway

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