Solborg, Nordurslod 2
The University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri) is located in North Iceland and has served Akureyri and its rural surroundings since 1987. The university has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations. It is an international research university which offers many programmes both in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, the university has been instrumental in the area´s economic growth and is central to the area´s future planning as a knowledge-based society. The university is divided into three schools, School of Business and Science, School of Health Sciences and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The number of students is around 1750 and members of staff are around 190.
The University of Akureyri (UNAK) is a scientific and academic
institute that conducts teaching and research in the academic
disciplines of its faculties. It is the largest university outside the
capital, with strong ties to industries and various institutions in
• UNAK offers a varied selection of study programmes leading to the first university degree, together with advanced studies
in a few disciplines.
• UNAK offers students first rate service through its supportive services, e.g. a library, a computer user service, a computer and
media centre, study counselling and international activities.
• UNAK offers very favourable conditions for its students in the form of new housing for teaching, well equipped computer centres
and good facilities in reading rooms.
• UNAK is a progressive university in the use of information technology and the development of teaching methods, e.g. distance learning.
• UNAK emphasises personal service. Students receive individual instruction and they are encouraged to conduct their own research
and cooperative projects.
• Computer ownership of students is impressive and Internet access is available through the wireless network connection
of the university.
• FÉSTA operates well appointed student housing under its auspices and all students are entitled to apply for accommodation there.
Strategic objectives of the University of Akureyri are: 1. A challenging and personal study environment 2. Active research 3. Active contact with the community 4. International cooperation 5. An efficient organisational unit
RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKUREYRI
Research is one of the fundamental aspects of the University of Akureyri. Faculty and students are engaged in both basic and applied research. The focus is on research in UNAK´s selected fields of study and inter-disciplinary studies of the arctic. The objective is to consolidate the position of University of Akureyri in relation to the business community and other collaborative partners in Iceland and abroad. The research work is mostly in the hands of a qualified and experienced academic staff but the administration is in the hands of RHA - UNAK´s Research and Development Centre (www.rha.is). RHA operates to promote research activities and to strengthen the practical cooperation with public and private enterprises.
In addition there are four research institutions that operate with the UNAK:
1. The Icelandic Tourism Research Centre – www.fmsi.is
2. The School Development Centre
3. The Health Science Institute Research
4. The Fisheries Centre
All academic programmes at the University of Akureyri are accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science. The accreditation is based on thorough reviews by three teams of international experts who all recommended to the Ministry that the academic programmes of the University should unconditionally be accredited. Among other things, the accreditation report stated that the university leadership, staff and students share a high degree of motivation to advance UNAK as a strong university.
THE CITY OF AKUREYRIAkureyri is located in North-East Iceland surrounded by mountains reaching 1000-1500 meters at the head of Iceland´s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður. Akureyri is only about 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, yet summer temperatures can reach 25°C. Winters provide the opportunity to experience heavy snowfalls and the occasional cold day interspersed with calm and still weather.