Norway: Strong State Support of Research in University Colleges

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 31)


Since the mid-1990s, the research mission of university colleges in Norway has been increasingly emphasised. This development has several reasons: a wish by colleges and their staff to conduct research, an expectation by state authorities that colleges should engage in such activity and pressure from regional stakeholders that the colleges should contribute in innovation and development processes at the local level. Even though the extent of research in these institutions is relatively modest in comparison to the universities, the colleges have progressively developed organisational structures to support and fund this activity, and the research function will definitely become more important in the years to come. An important reason is that, since 2004, these colleges have had the opportunity to apply for accreditation to university status by fulfilling given criteria related to research and doctoral education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU STEP)OsloNorway
  2. 2.Faculty of Social SciencesOslo University CollegeOsloNorway

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